Drawing Final Reflection



Final Piece (close up)

Final Piece (close up)








Final Piece

Final Piece









My drawing was the first sketch I drew. Half of the face was mine own, and the other half was an android robot. The robot had a camera for eyes, glowing red like the Terminator, and all the facial features of the android side are bolted in; the nose is a metal plate, and the mouth is a speaker bolted in. The android side doesn’t have hair, and in the forehead, there is an open piece of the head revealing a circuit board and a processor. The human side of the face resembles mine (at least that’s what I was aiming for). The background is a layer of binary, like from the Matrix. The concept behind the drawing is that technology is getting very advanced, and it may take over the world someday. I think the drawing relates a bit to me because I like technology and I always think about how it is going to be in the future, both near and far.

For the drawing, I used two surreal techniques; transformation, and unnatural situation. The transformation was the part where my face was transforming into a robot. The unnatural situation was that me/robot were in a digital world with binary behind.

I think I did succeed in making a surreal work of art because I had surreal techniques in it. Although it was surreal, it did not turn out as well as I expected, because I made mistakes with the pen techniques.

For this project, an unknown artist from one of the previous grade 9 classes inspired me. Ms. Zaza showed us some examples, and I saw a drawing with half the face as something else, so I decided to make half my face a robot.

I used all three pen and ink techniques in my drawing. I think I didn’t use them very well because I ruined my drawing with hatching. I had to use cross-hatching to try and fix the shadows on my face. If I got another chance to do it, I would make much more hatching and cross-hatching on my face, so the whole skin is dark, and the shadows are darker. I think I was successful as using pen and ink as a medium, but I think I could have done better if I had practiced a bit more with the different techniques using the pen.

I did not face many challenges, but the only challenge lead to a mistake. I could not make the shadows properly on my face, so it ended up looking like the face of an old man. I attempted to overcome this challenge, and correct the mistake, by making the hatching into cross-hatching, but It did not work very well.

During this project, I learnt many things. I think what I learnt most about were the facial proportions. I improved on drawing faces a lot since before and after the unit. I also learnt about the different ways pen and ink can be used, which were hatching, cross-hatching, and stippling. My favorite one to use was the cross-hatching because I think it can be used in many different ways to make art, and seems easy to do as well. I don’t like stippling as much, because it takes a very long time, and I did not understand how to use it properly.

If I had the chance to do this project again, I would make a few changes to it. I would make my face darker by using hatching or cross-hatching and make the shadows even darker so they blend in. I would also do some shading on the robot side of the face, so that it would look curved and cylindrical. Another thing I would change would be to integrate more stippling to my drawing because I think it did not have enough. I would also change the binary so that it says something when translated.

Surreal Self-Portrait Process

“A self-portrait is a work of art in which the artist uses themselves as the main subject of the piece.”

In this task, my personal goal for this project is to be able to draw a face with the correct proportions and to be able to get the location of the parts right. I also want to be able to draw the face with a little bit of resemblance to the actual face. The goal set by the project is to show our understanding of the three surrealist techniques by using at least 2 of them, to show our understanding of facial proportions, to show our skills in the use of pen and ink, and our understanding or hatching, cross-hatching and stippling to create value. Another goal is to express and communicate something about who you are as a person.

I made three sketches, but I only liked one of the three. My first one was my face, but half of it was a robot face, and the other half was human. The background was binary like in “The Matrix”. My second idea was a face with reptilian eyes, and the neck of the person was transforming into a snake. The snake was in a pounce stance, and there was a shadow, however, I was not very successful with it. My third sketch was a cube, and half the face was on one side of the cube, while the other half was on another side off the edge. This did not work because I did not know how to make the perspective look good.

Of the three ideas, I think the most successful is the first idea, because it has transformation, the robot face, and unnatural setting, the binary from “The Matrix.” I also like it because it looks cool.

I received some good feedback, like “Have the human side of the face be normal letters instead of bianary” and “Try using some kind of pattern for the background,” However, I could not use the feedback given to me about the background because I did not see it fitting in with the sketch. I did however; take into consideration of having a printed circuit board shown on the robot side of the face.

I plan on turning the sketch into pen and ink using the pens, not the India ink and nib. I decided to use the pens because they will not drip ink, and this would not put the artwork under risk of being destroyed. I also decided to use the pens because they had different thicknesses. I think I will use hatching and cross-hatching because I think it will go nice with the portrait. Stippling seems a bit to spread out.

Something I want to do is add a bit of color to my self-portrait. I was thinking of having the robot eye an intense red, because this would make it look cool, and add onto the menacing look the robot side is giving. A peer also suggested coloring the printed circuit board a flat green, but I am still thinking whether I should do it or not.

Here are my three sketches:

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Surreal Collage Final Reflection

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In this unit, the objectives of the surreal collage task were to show our understanding of the three techniques used in surrealism. The three techniques are unnatural situation, transformation, and manipulation of size and scale. Another was to show our proficiency with using color pencils, acrylic paint, or full collage of magazine images. The third objective was to be able to correctly blend magazine images with the color pencil parts in the sketch. And the final objective was to make an interesting and creative sketch.

I think I was successful at meeting most of the objectives because I had all three of the surreal techniques. I had transformation, because the man’s head transformed into an Egyptian statue head, and the woman’s head transformed into a fish. I had unnatural setting because there were fish flying in the sky. And I had the final technique, scale and size manipulation because I had tiny trees in the sketch. I think I did not meet the proficiency with using color pencils because the quality was not very high, and there were some uneven places in the sky. I think I was able to meet the objective that was to blend the magazine images with the color pencil part. I think I did this well because I had done a good job of blending the neck of the woman with creative sketch, I think I was successful at this because my piece was surreal, and it had many things that made it interesting, for example, the flying fish in the sky.

Some challenges I faced during the task were coloring the sky, and making the shadows on the boulder. I also had difficulty to make the cracks look like cracks, and some classmates said they looked like roots.

Although I did not overcome all the challenges, I did try and fixed some of the mistakes I had made. I fixed the areas of the sky that were too dark, but I could not make it completely even. I also added shadows to the boulder and underneath the standing people, however, this did not turn out well. When I was making the cracks on the boulder, I looked on the Internet to see how they could be more realistic, but they did not turn out well either. But I did try my best.

There were many things I could have improved in my sketch. I would make sure to color the sky with the same amount of pressure, and keep the lines the same distance from each other so it looks as one background, and not different pieces. I would also try and make the cracks better by looking at many different photos on the Internet, and make the cracks look as realistic as possible.

If I had the chance to do this project again, I would try to use acrylic paint or full magazine collage because they seemed interesting. I could not do it because I did not find enough images in the magazine. It would have been an interesting project to do because we would be expressing something through the use of other images only, without a lot of modification and manipulation like we did with the color pencils. 

Surreal Sketch Reflection

1.    What are the objectives for this project?

The objectives of the surreal collage task were:

·      We had to show our understanding of the three techniques used in surrealism. The three techniques are unnatural situation, transformation, and manipulation of size and scale.

·      We had to show our proficiency with using color pencils, acrylic paint, or full collage of magazine images.

·      To be able to correctly blend magazine images with the color pencil parts in the sketch.

·      To make an interesting and creative sketch.

2.    Briefly describe the idea behind the design for your collage.

The idea behind my collage was to make it surreal and also put some pictures of things I like. I went through some magazines and found some pictures I like, at the same times, I was thinking of some loose designs I could use. I found some good images of things I like, like a basketball, and an Egyptian mask, because I enjoy basketball and history.

3.    What made you select this design over your other sketches?

I selected this design because there were multiple different reasons for why this was a good choice. It looked the best out of the three, I liked this one the most, and my peers voted for this design.

4.    Include a photo of your collage so far.

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5.    What do you think of your collage so far?

I think its going well, and I got most of the collage done. But the coloring the sky took a very long time, and some areas were darker while others were lighter, so I had to erase it and color over it again. I also decided to add suns to the collage.

6.    How can you improve your collage to make it more successful?

I think I could improve it by adding shadows to the boulder and underneath the two people standing. I could also improve it by making the cracks a bit darker on the boulder, and make the blue color of the sky more even. This would make it more successful because it would make the sketch look surreal, but still be a realistic drawing.

7.    How have your drawing and color pencil skills developed? (Show any before and after photos if there is a difference in your skill level)

I think my skills with color pencils have increased from before because I could clearly see the difference in my sketch’s from now and before. I learnt different techniques with color pencils like coloring closer together for more intense colors, and mixing colors together to get new ones, and blending them in using the white for a smoother finish.

Who were the surrealists? Salvador Dali and Pantonio

Salvador Dali:

Salvador Dali was a spanish artist, surrealist, and skilled draftsman. He was born in Figueres, Spain, in 1904 May 11th. He was best known for his surreal artwork, and self promotion. He waxed his moustache to get a very funny look. Other than art, Dali was also involved in photography, and film. In his lifetime, Dali made over 1500 paintings, many illustrations for books, literary work, and even a short film for Disney.

Some of his famous pieces of artwork are:

The Persistence of Memory

The Persistence of Memory, for me, is very confusing and hard to understand because I don’t know what is going on with melting clocks and a white figure. I think Dali might have painted it for himself, and that its not really meant for interpretation of other people. The Persistence of Memory was painted with oil on canvas. This painting is surreal because it has an unnatural setting, and has transformation. The unnatural setting is a desk in the middle of nowhere, and the transformation is the clocks acting like liquid. I don’t think this painting was inspired by anything because it is very difficult to understand, and Dali was one of the first surrealists.

The Three Sphinxes of Bikini

The painting, Three Sphinxes of Bikini, is quite famous and has a deep meaning. Dali was inspired to make this painting because at the time, USA conducted 23 nuclear bomb experiments on the islands of Bikini. The people that inhabited the islands were relocated to USA mainland before the experiments, and were sent back 10 years later. 20 years after the experiments, the inhabitants discovered that radiation levels were still dangerously high. That was when Dali decided to paint Three Sphinxes of Bikini, with oil on canvas. This painting is surreal because it contains unnatural setting, which is the middle of nowhere, it contains size and scale aspects, for example, the heads are bigger than normal; The painting also contains transformation, the head transforms into a tree, then a head again.


Another famous piece of artwork by Salvador Dali is Sleep, was inspired by his area of residence as a child, Cape de Creus, which is now a famous site in Spain. The painting was done on canvas with oil, and contains all three aspects of surreal art. It contains transformation because the face is transforming into a blob, it contains unnatural setting because it is in the middle of a desert-like place, and it also contains size and scale aspects, because a face is not that big. The painting looks funny to me because the nose of the face is really big, like a cartoon character.

Over all, I think Salvador Dali is a great artist, and has a lot of talent to be able to draw surreal artwork. His painting skills are great, and I would like to see more of his artwork, but I cannot understand the meaning of the painting just by looking at it. I would have to research about it on the internet. It would be good to see some paintings of observed objects made by Dali.

I chose Dali for this assignment because, in my opinion, he is the most known surrealist and I have seen his artwork many times before. I also picked him because I knew he was very famous, so there would be lots of credible information about him on the Internet.


Pantonio, although not his real name (which shall not be revealed), is known all over the world for his surreal artwork. He is a surreal artist and street artist. There was not much information about his life on the internet, so I sent him an email asking for a few questions, which he happily replied to. He did not however, give exact information about himself as it could lead to some issues. Pantonio was born around Christmas 1975, in Terceira, Portugal. Pantonio got into arts when he was a child. As a child, Pantonio received many gifts from his parent’s friends that were related to drawing. He also went to all freely available workshops of drawing, painting and sculpting. Pantonio was also a shy boy, and was afraid of large crowds, so drawing relieved him it was a “safe place.” He did his first exhibition at the age of 14.

Pantonio gets a lot of his inspiration from the movement of the dynamic ocean which surrounds his home islands. He was also inspired by many unnamed, painters, writers and musicians. But for drawings, he was inspired by russian drawings. In my opinion, I think Pantonio does a great job of making surreal artwork, and I would love to see it in person someday.

Pantonio does a lot of his work with spray paints on walls or wood, but recently he has been using acrylic paints because he likes the plasticity and vibrations of the lines that are made from it. Pantonio has made many pieces of artwork with spray paints and acrylic paints, here are some:

The photo above shows one of the several street paintings Pantonio has done. His inspiration from the ocean can be seen in this painting because of how the lines are painted. This painting is surreal because It is in an unnatural setting, and it has transformation. What seems to look like a wolf’s head, is transforming into many lines which resemble hair. It is a beautiful painting and is painted on a wall with a white background.

This painting is similar to the 1st one, but this is done on a white boat. Again, the wavy lines show the inspiration from the ocean waves. This painting is surreal because the woman’s head is transforming in the dark, wavy lines, and they seem to turn into tentacles at the end.

This painting is also very similar to the two paintings before. It is on a white wall, and has the wavy lines which have drawn inspiration from the ocean. The painting is of a woman’s head, transforming into lines, and there seem to be many other little fish near her that are also transforming. This painting it surreal because it contains transformation.

I chose Pantonio as my second artist because he is not like some of the other surrealists. Most of the surrealists were from the early 1900s, and usually did they paintings on canvas with paints. But Pantonio uses different techniques. He paints on the streets, on boats, and not only with paints, but with sprays as well. Several of his pieces are drawings on many different papers and then put together on a wall. Over all, he is a great artist, and I would like to see new and exciting artwork from him.

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Final Reflection

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I think I was successful in many areas of my egg tempera piece. One of them was to learn to make egg tempera paint successfully. I learnt the process of how to make egg tempera paint successfully. The process was very delicate and had to be done specifically as instructed or else the paint could go wrong. I think if I could improve this, then I would use specific measuring instruments to add in the water and the pigment so that the paint could be better. This would allow the paint to be more vibrant, and maybe fewer layers would be required.

Another thing that was successful was the way I captured the value in my product. Before working on the final piece, we had to make a value scale with egg tempera. This allowed me to see how I could make the colors darker, and how to blend them. I tried to get the shadows and blending right by squinting my eyes and looking at my photo. I think I successfully captured the value in my final work because it turned out to look pretty good. However, if I could improve my work, then I would have made the shadow around my eye a bit lighter because it looks a bit unrealistic because of it.

My goal for the unit was to be able to observe, and capture my eye correctly with egg tempera. Although I had a few mistakes with the shadow around the eye, I think that I did a fairly good job and achieved my goal for this.

There were several challenged I faced when working on the final piece. One of them was to be able to make the shadow around the eye. I added some pink to it to get a good effect, but that made it too dark and looked like a blotch around the eye, and almost looked like a black eye.

To overcome this challenge, I mixed a darker apricot color and added another layer to the rest of the painting to make it look less dark. This improved the shadow around the eye a bit, and made it look better. Now if the painting was seen from a distance, it looked pretty good and a nice piece of artwork.

The great egg tempera experiment helped my understanding of art during the renaissance because it allowed my to understand what sort of process the renaissance artists went through to make their artwork. It also increased my understanding of what techniques the renaissance artists used to create their artwork. Some of the techniques I learnt were making egg tempera paint, and how to use it to get the best shades and value.

I learnt many things throughout this trimester that I didn’t know before. I learnt what contour drawings are, I learnt what value is, and I also learnt that paint could be made from egg yolk. I think that by learning these things, my knowledge of art has increased and it also allows me to appreciate art even more than before.

I think I grew as an artist over the trimester because of the different techniques I learnt about. I learnt about contour drawings, and how I should use lines to observe and capture something. I also learnt some tips like squinting my eyes to find the shadows and brighter parts on something. I learnt the cross hatching technique used in egg tempera to make the colors more vibrant. These techniques have thought me a lot to make my art better, and helped me grow as an artist.

I enjoyed making the fish, because I enjoyed observing it and capturing it on paper with something other than a pen or pencil. I enjoyed using the different and unique mediums to make the artwork this trimester.

Even though the class was great, I think it could be improved if we could draw anything we want for the great egg tempera experiment because it would be more enjoyable for the students.

I think this class has changed my view about art because I now know a few more ways of how to make art. These are contour drawings, egg tempera paintings, and chalk drawings.

My view about art has now changed by my increase in the appreciation of art and the many different techniques to make it. I did not know that there were so many different ways to create artwork, and now that I do know, I appreciate it more.

The Great Tempera Experiment Part 2

Photo on 12-02-14 at 09.16For this project, we are learning to make egg tempera paint and increasing our observational skills for art. To do this, we will use egg tempera paint with different pigments and utilize the cross hatching technique. The main objective is to observe and then capture correctly what we see and utilize the different techniques we learnt to do this, for example, to squint our eyes so we can find the lightest and darkest place on the object. The goal is to first accurately draw, and then paint a part of our body. Currently, I have finished drawing my eye to proportions. I still have the painting part remaining.

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I chose my eye because I thought it would be interesting to paint a reflective, yet slightly translucent surface. I think it will also be interesting because the egg tempera paint is transparent and I think I might be able to capture it with the paint.

To prepare for drawing my eye, I first had to go through some simple steps to make it easy for me.

  • First, I took a photo of my eye. I made sure not to take a photo of my face and then zoom in because that would pixelate the image and it wouldn’t be good quality.
  • Then, I opened a new Photoshop CS5 file that had a 7×5 inch canvas.
  • After I had the Photoshop canvas ready, I dragged the photo of my eye into it.
  • To crop it, I clicked edit, and then free transform. This allowed me to resize the photo however I wanted.
  • I used this to fit the photo of my eye in the canvas and crop the parts that were not required. We had to make sure we were holding down shit while dragging the corner of the image so that it stays proportionate.
  • After the photo was in the correct size and was cropped, it was time to add the grid over it.
  • We decided that the best grid would be a 1.75×2.5 inch grid.
  • To add the grid we clicked on the ruler, which was beside and above the photo, and dragged it to the desired distance

Making the grid helped me a lot because it allowed me to get the correct proportions of my eye. It allowed me to not make the mistake I did with the fish drawing, which was drawing it un-proportionate. I could accurately capture the general shape of my eye. The grid will also help me with painting because I will know which color I should use and where is should use it.

20140211_115034For the egg tempera pigment experiment, my group used the Green Herb pigment. To turn this pigment into paint, we went through the following steps:

  • First, we grinded the pigment using the mortal and pestle.
  • At the same time, we cracked the egg and separated the yolk form the egg white.
  • After that, we continued to grind the pigment while we mixed the water with the egg yolk in a container.
  • After the mixing was done, we added the pigment to the yolk and water mixture in the container.
  • We kept on adding pigment until we got the color as nice as it could get.

Something I learnt about the pigment was that a lot of it had to be added to get the green as dark as it could get, and it still did not get dark enough. By the 5th trial, our mixture was very viscous and looked like green slime. This was probably because we didn’t add the water proportional with the pigment, but if we did do it, then the color would be too light and almost transparent. I think that the pigment wasn’t very successful because we had to add a lot of pigment without water and it still didn’t get a good green.

I think, if we compare the pastel pigments with the Green Herm pigment, the pastel pigments were much better because the colors they produced were much more vibrant and darker then that of the Green Herb. I think I will use a peaches color pastel pigment for my painting along with charcoal for the black parts.

Medieval versus Renaissance Art

Annunciation by Simone Martini. c. 1333

Annunciation by Simone Martini. c. 1333

Annunciation, by Simone Martini, is a piece of artwork that was painted in 1333, during the medieval age. Simone Martini was a painter who was born in Siena, Italy and died in Avignon, France. He was part of the International Gothic period. Annunciation is painted using egg-tempera, similar to the tempera we did in class, on panel. The painting, like many pieces of art from that age, is about religion. It shows the Angel Gabriel descending to the Virgin Mary and telling her the news about Jesus being born to her. The painting, like many paintings from the medieval age, is not proportionate to real human beings and is very flat. There are no dimensions and shadows in it. All the human figures or humanoid figures look the same. The colors in the painting are mostly gold, as it is the background, dark blues and blacks. It can be seen in the painting, that latin words are flowing out of the angel’s mouth and towards Mary. There is also a dove in the sky, that is leting a beam of golden light out of its mouth and towards Mary.

Female Head, Leonardo da Vinci, charcoal and chalk on paper (Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy)

Female Head, Leonardo da Vinci, charcoal and chalk on paper (Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy)

Female Head, by Leonardo Da vinci is a scketch from the renaissance age and was scketched on paper using chalk and charcoal. It was painted in Florence, Italy, which happened to be the place where Leonardo was from. Leonardo was a renaissance man, and like them, had many talents. He was a painter, sculptor, engineer, architect, inventor, anotomer, and much more. The scketch, Female Head, is about the proportions of a female head. It is black and white, but has all the details of a female head with shadows, depth and seems 3 dimensional. Since it was just a skecth, it has a white background.

The two paintings are similar in some ways, but mostly differ, because they were from very different time periods. Something similar is that both the painting contains a female, and that is where the similarities end. There are many more differences than similarities. Some differences are that the renaissance one has depth, and the medieval one doesn’t, the renaissance one has shadows and shades, and the medieval one doesn’t, the renaissance one has real-life proportions, and the medieval one doesn’t. There are many differences in the paintings because of the knowledge the renaissance artists had and the medieval artists didn’t.

The use of value affects the similarities and differences greatly because there is a lot of use of value in the medieval painting, whereas, the renaissance sketch has many different values. The medieval painting just has solid colors for each shape, while the renaissance sketch has a range of different shades between the colors, and the color of the paper itself is utilized as part of the value scale. The use of value in the renaissance sketch makes it look more realistic and seems as if the person actually exists, whereas, in the medieval painting, it seems that the scene is an old myth and does not seem realistic.

The understanding of proportion and anatomy greatly affect the differences between the two pieces of artwork because the renaissance artist had a greater understanding of it. Because of anatomy, Da Vinci knew how the light would hit the object, and how the object or person works and moves, this way he could draw it much more accurately. Proportion helped Da Vinci because he knows how he can draw person or object. It also makes the person in the sketch seem more realistic, whereas, the painting from the medieval artist seems flat and solid.

I think the renaissance artists were trying to capture everything as it was, and make everything seem realistic. I think they wanted to show everyone that art can also be realistic and that humanism is a big part of it.  The renaissance artists did many things to learn more about how to capture details accurately. The studied the human body to see how to works and how light hits it, they also experimented with oil to make oil-tempera. This allowed their artwork to be more realistic and vivid.

The understanding of the use of value, proportion and anatomy greatly changed art because it allowed the artist the capture the object just as it is and make it look realistic. Anatomy helped for artists to draw better human bodies, and value helped make everything look 3 dimensional and realistic.

I developed an understanding of proportion and value because of the fish we drew. It helped me understand how art can be made better by adding value and having the shapes be proportionate. I don’t think I learnt much about anatomy because I did not cut the fish, and we could not see into the organs of the fish, just the muscle tissue. However, I think this unit helped me to improve as an artist because I understood many things about value, lines and proportions.

Fish Reflection


What were the objectives of this assignment? 
For this assignment, we were asked to draw a dissected fish, using only chalk and different values and shades. The inspiration was from the renaissance artists who first used value and shades to create artwork.

What art element did you use in this assignment?
For this assignment, we used the art elements of value, line and shading. Before drawing the fish, we had to make a value scale so we could understand how it works. For the shading, we squinted our eyes to see where the fish was brightest and where it was darkest, so we could shade those in our drawings. The lines were used to get the general shape of the fish.

What medium did you use? 
The medium that I used for this assignment was:

  • Grey paper
  • Chalk
  • Charcoal
  • Sanguine chalk
  • Sepia chalk

Do you think you were successful in meeting the objectives of this assignment?
I think I was successful because the objectives were to observe and capture the lights and shadows of the fish, with all the little details. I think I did an acceptable job of that.

How do you think you could improve your drawing?
If I could improve something in my drawing, I would change the dimensions of the fish because I accidentally made it un-proportionate.

What did you find challenging about this assignment?
What I found challenging was in this assignment was to draw the insides of the fish because there were so many different colors, shades and textures.

What did you find unique about this assignment? (Other than the smell!)
I found it unique because we used chalk to make the drawings instead of pencil.

How do you feel this assignment helped you grow as an artist?
I think this assignment helped me to grow as an artist because I learnt a lot about the different elements of art. I could not have made a drawing similar to the fish I drew if I had tried to draw it before the unit because I did not understand how the different elements work.

What did this assignment have to do with the Renaissance?
It was related to how the renaissance artists discovered about light and shadows. It was also related to having proportionate drawings, which was also a part of renaissance discovery. Another part of this assignment that is related to the renaissance is that we had to dissect the fish and draw the insides of it, much like how renaissance artists drew the insides of the human body.

Da Vinci and Michelangelo

Leonardo Da Vinci:

Leonardo Da Vinci was a great man from the Renaissance. He is known to have contributed greatly to the Renaissance. He was a painter, engineer, sculptor, musician, inventor, mathematician, anatomist, geologist, astronomer, and philosopher.

He was born in the 15th of 1452 in Italy on the countryside of Florence. He was the bastard son of Ser Piero, a 25-year old notary, and a peasant girl, Caterina. Although he had all the rights to knowledge and family scripts, society and even his own half siblings regarded him as an outcast. Because of this, he had to work very hard to show his talent, and then, his family moved to Florence. In Florence, at the age of 14, Leonardo entered apprenticeship of a great artist by the help of his father. After this, he worked very hard to determine himself not only a great artist, but also many of the other things he was famous for.

Da Vinci was not influenced by many things or people at first, but was inspired. He was inspired to study anatomy, geology, medicine, engineering, mathematics, and botany from nature. As a young child, Leonardo was very curios and always wanted to learn how nature worked. It was because of this that he made many discoveries, for example, he saw a similarity in the way water would move in a stream like it did in veins. He noticed that veins would also bifurcate similar to the branches of a tree. Many of Da Vinci’s literary work have a lot about nature and careful studies on every aspect of it.

Da Vinci’s work was very famous and truly genius. He did many things like painting, sculpting, and engineering. His paintings are very famous and known for certain traits, for example, Mona Lisa, is a painting by Leonardo Da Vinci, which is famous for its smile.

Some different mediums Leonardo Da Vinci used for his artwork was painting, drawing, sculpting and engineering. Some of his artwork included engineering as well. For paintings, he used a canvas and oil paint, paper was used for drawing, and bronze for sculpting.

Leonardo Da Vinci contributed to the renaissance by setting an ignorant and superstitious world on the course of reason, science knowledge and tolerance. At this point in time, he was internationally known for his inventions, his studies in science, engineering, architect, painting, sculpting, music, mathematics, anatomy, astronomy, geology, biology, and philosophy. Some of his innovative designs and inventions were flying machines, the parachute, submarines, diving suit, pumping mechanisms, water turbines, dredging systems, steam calorimeters, water-well drill, swing bridges, canals, leveling/surveying instruments, cranes, pulley systems, street-lighting systems, convection roasting spit, mechanical saw, treadle-operated lathe, compasses, contact lenses, and military weapons like the machine gun. He also contributed greatly with his anatomy and biology.

Mona Lisa

The Last Supper

The Baptism of Christ

Some great artwork by Leonardo Da Vinci was Mona Lisa, The Baptism of Christ, and The Last Supper. I think the paintings are great pieces of artwork and have a lot of detail in them. They look much more realistic and proportionately correct then artwork from the Dark Ages. I also think that the artwork had some meaning for Da Vinci to paint them. I understand that The Baptism of Christ was painted because it has religious meaning for Christians. But I do not understand why Mona Lisa or The Last Supper are famous and well-known other then the fact that they are very good pieces of artwork.

 Michelangelo Buinarroti:

Michelangelo Buinarroti was born on the 6th of March 1475, in a place called Caprese, near Florence in Italy. His father was a local magistrate in Caprese. A few weeks after his birth, Michelangelo’s family moved to Florence. In 1488, Michelangelo entered an apprenticeship under the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio.  He then lived in the house of the leading patron of arts in Florence, Lorenzo De’ Medici. Michelangelo was a very good painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer and he had a lot of influence on the development of western art.

Many things inspired Michelangelo, but to name one, it would be other artwork he had seen. He lived with The Medici family for a long time and was probably exposed to other artwork the Medici’s had.

Michelangelo’s artwork was very detailed and realistic. He made things like sculptures, paintings and frescos. It was a lot more different then artwork from the Dark Ages, because his artwork was proportionate and realistic.

Some mediums Michelangelo used for is artwork were canvases and oil paint for paintings. He used bronze for sculpting and he also made frescos, which were made on walls.

Michelangelo contributed greatly to the renaissance. He had a lot of surviving artwork and scritures. He was an architect, sculptor, poet, anatomist and engineer. Unlike Leonardo Da Vinci, he a lot of his artwork survived and a lot more of it was finished. There were still some imperfections in his work but they were still beautiful and breath taking.



The Last Judgement

I think that Michelangelo’s artwork is great and beautiful. It could be used in many places like town centers, palaces, churches, and many other places. Some of his great work is David, the statue, Pietà also a statue, and The Last Judgment, which is a fresco. I know that it looks very good and beautiful with a  lot of detail, but I do not understand why they were made.



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