This week’s post was suggested by reader Les Evans, for inspiration as he takes up drawing himself. Thanks for the request, keep ‘em coming everyone! : )
Not just your basic charcoal sketches. Here are 3 sets of classic images and methods that take drawing to totally different dimensions.
|1. Vitruvian Man: As Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci was interested in a lot of different topics. As he was studying architecture and engineering, he came across Vitruvius, a Roman architect who thought that "the human body may be used to derive the perfect geometrical forms of the circle and square" (Janson 558). All super significant in figuring out humans' place in nature, math, humanities, etc. Closer look: The man's arms do indeed form the length of the square and his legs are the radii of the circle.|
|2. M. C. Escher: Escher was a graphic artist (1898-1972) famous for his "impossible structures" - drawings that on paper make sense to the eye but would be impossible in 3D/real life. Closer look: The "Endless Staircase" in the movie "Inception" bears a striking resemblance to Escher's staircase drawings.|
|3. Picasso's Light Drawings: "Renowned LIFE photographer Gjon Mili, a technical genius and lighting innovator extraordinaire, visited Pablo Picasso in the South of France in 1949. Mili showed the artist some of his photographs of ice skaters with tiny lights affixed to their skates, jumping in the dark -- and Picasso's lively mind began to race" (LIFE). Closer look: Nope, not floating or on glass - Picasso did this with a flashlight with a bright beam in a darkroom. To DIY or for more on low light + long exposure photography, check this out.|
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