Looking At Leonardo

9 Feb

09 da vinci

It’s been a busy weekend with our two 9 year old nephews staying over and a lengthy business meeting ths afternoon. Yes it’s a Sunday but I’m freelance so I don’t work regular hours. But I try to do a drawing a day for practice and discipline and I’ve been dipping into my Renaissance drawing book by Hugo Chapman and Marzia Faietti. I spent a few minutes with my Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen, size F and my A5 clothbound sketchbook working from this da Vinci sketch.

It’s interesting to draw from another artist because you can appreciate their technique. While I was sketching this, I realised how sparse the linework is; how much is filled in by the viewer. I also realised, although I’d looked at the original many times, that he drew the head slightly too large. I don’t know if that was deliberate or perhaps the model was like that. Apparently, film stars with slightly larger heads look better on the big screen than those with ‘normal’ heads.

4 Responses to “Looking At Leonardo”

  1. Nancy Farmer February 11, 2014 at 09:25 #

    There really is no better way to learn what something looks like than to draw it, is there? You can look at it all you want, but that doesn’t really do it.

    • Rosie Scribblah February 11, 2014 at 13:36 #

      I think not. It’s such good practice and you get so many insights

  2. Anne February 10, 2014 at 10:51 #

    The thing about the head size is so interesting and I will look at da Vinci differently. Did you ever see the Tarot cards done in the style of da Vinci, they were witty and quite well done. http://www.higherheart.com/product.php/Leonardo-Da-Vinci-Tarot/1919/0?source=googleps&gclid=CLLWjJikwbwCFYjLtAodjz0A2A

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