Alexander Massey also produces sketches of Deep Sky Objects, the Moon and the planets. Images of these are regulary published in leading amateur astronomy forums such as the Australian based Ice In Space, and the US based Cloudynights. His sketches have also featured on Astronomy Sketch of the Day.
His work has also won international astronomy sketching competitions, including the Inaugural Scott Mellish Sketching Competition hosted by the Astronomical Society of New South Wales, 2012, in both categories of Deep Sky Objects and Solar System, and the Inaugural Sketching Competition hosted by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, 2012.
Alex's pieces are typically small, intense and precious items. His lunar sketches are normally done on A5 size black paper, and Deep Sky Objects on A4 size black paper. In the list below, unless otherwise note, the original pieces of these respective sizes.
Alex is now offering his art work for sale in two forms: the framed original artwork, and as a limited edition numbered prints. Their size and percious nature make these artworks a perfect astronomy themed gift.
The original artworks come framed due to the delicate nature of the media used. It is the only way to assure that the piece arrives in pristine condition. The artworks come with a brief write up of the scene, any events or meditations during the creation of the piece, and techincal information such as media and equipment used. These pieces are not copied and are one of a kind.
The limited edition numbered prints are printed from a high resolution digital photograph taken of the artwork, not a digital scan. It is only through a photograph that the best and truest rendition of the piece can be made as the lighting can be fully controlled. A digital scan brings up too much glare from the sheen of the paper substrate and so requires signifcant digital manipulation of the image to control these artifacts. The digital photographic print has no computer manipulation of the image, giving the truest possible likeness to the original. Tonal variation between the media and substrate are maintained as seen in the original artwork. These prints will be made to the exact size of the original and include the same information as the original.
Above is a list of the current pieces on offer. The list will make note if the original piece is available or no longer available. The limited edition numbered prints once all sold will also be noted as such. Prices for these are listed in the "price list" page of this site.
Pieces on offer are continually changing. Please check regularly for updates.
Alexander has a blog where shows his most recent completed pieces, shares his techniques and experiences. You will find his blog at Alexander's Astronomy Sketching.