The blackness of space was achieved with a black marker while the planets were done in mechanical pencil. You really don't get the effect that you would by seeing this piece in real life. The contrast of the dark black space next to the pencil is very cool. Anyway, just felt like drawing planets one day. Can you believe this drawing won a 'first place' ribbon over my other drawing 'Confrontation' in the same art contest? I asked the judge why and she said it was because of the techniques I used in blending the marker with the pencil. *shrug* Circa 1992.