2014 04 15 Total Lunar Eclipse

10171100_10202463032870961_8131867034584355636_nEarly this morning, we were treated to a total lunar eclipse in most of North America. I spent a good chunk of the evening preparing my sketch kit to record the event through a series of sketches to be animated. I also set up the Canon 60D DSLR equipped with a 70-300mm zoom lens, set at 300mm. 1613982_10202464300302646_4627109439256183855_n

The sketches are left smoldering in a folder until I can bare too look at them – what a new experience for me to work at such a fast pace with color pastels! In the mean time, here is the resulting animation of the photo sequence. My friend, Stephanie Hansen was my observing buddy and snapped the first half of the eclipse for me while I sketched.


Mars was shining brightly northwest of the Moon and Spica was seen to the southwest.


~ by Erika Rix on April 15, 2014.

2 Responses to “2014 04 15 Total Lunar Eclipse”

  1. Hi Erika,

    I’m so very happy that you were able to capture this eclipse as a sketch sequence. Looks like you and Stephanie had a great time, though the way you are bundled up, it looks cold, brrr.

    I was able to get a sketch sequence of this eclipse as well. It was indeed very challenging and I often felt overwhelmed by the shear beauty and complexity of the color variations across the lunar surface. The transition from a monochrome to copper hued disk was startling and abrupt. Like you my sketches are left “smoldering” until I have the time to get them photographed.

    All the best,


  2. […] a recap, I set up my 60D DSLR camera and tripod so that a friend could take photos of the event while I […]

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