Thursday, March 11, 2010

Dedicated to da Vinci

I was fortunate enough to be noticed by talented Michelle Burnett when I first ventured out into this Blogosphere. She has a growing Painting Challenge that is filled with information on artists and styles. She presents these lessons in a way that inspires many artists from around the world to participate.

This month, Following the Masters focuses on the Italian Renaissance. This is my contribution VERY loosely following Leonardo da Vinci's practice of sketching and analyzing his subjects.


I used micron pens with sepia ink on Canson paper. 7x 9

56 comments:

dominique eichi said...

Oh I love this piece so much . It really appeals to my technical side yet gives me the creative artistic one too. Beautiful

Celeste Bergin said...

I love your interpretation for this challenge!

Ann Gorbett said...

I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this piece. Da Vinci would too I'm sure.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Sheila, this is just fabulous. There is such life in your sketch! Very nice job!

-Don said...

I think you've done a first that da Vinci never did - a study of studying. This is really cool. Great job!

-Don

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

This is a great study! I really love it.

Stephen Parker said...

This is so cool, Sheila. The youthful drawing of the girl and the scientific quality of Da Vinci's studies make this quite an intriguing piece.

Nina E Jørgensen said...

I love the sketch! Great background paper as well

martinealison said...

Quel travail tu as fait là Sheila!!
Très beau dessin et rempli de poésie et de mouvement... les feuilles font se déplacer...
Amitiés

Art with Liz said...

Oh my Sheila, this is Perfect!

Jim Moffitt said...

Wonderful sketch and the notes and dimensions make it so much cooler. I Love it. Thank You.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Sheila, Stunning, stunning, stunning! Why have you not shown us this side of your talent before?? This is obviously your forte' I would chew off my left arm (I am left handed) to be able to sketch like this. Bravo!

AutumnLeaves said...

Sheila, this is so very beautiful and most definitely frame worthy. Da Vinci was just so brilliant, such a deep soul. I love how you've captured his style but brought it into today. Methinks you are brilliant yourself!

Cathyann said...

How clever!! great guns, uh, pens, Sheila... I love it!

Lauren Maurer said...

Oh, this is lovely... I love how it almost illustrates your train of thought while you're drawing!

Madd Sketch said...

okay i'm pretty sure u know how i luv lines and such. But i also luv technical diagrams and all so i'm totally geeking out on this picture! This is wicked! i wanna do one now hahaha. This would be an awesome practice challenge, like the observation of life haha. So Awesome!

Nicki said...

Sheila,

This is fantastic! I smiled as soon as I saw it! I knew exactly who you were following and it made me think it was the perfect choice for you with your forensic background and all the analyzing you would have done in your previous life! I love it! Thank you so much for your kind words on my entry.

Take care my friend,
Nicki

Linda said...

Very creative! I really like this piece! Nice addition to the challenge!!

Charlene Brown said...

Sheila, this is absolutely brilliant!
Your daughter is beautifully drawn, as cute as ever, and complete with everything but da Vinci's mirror writing...

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

WHOA!!! slammin'!

I L.O.V.E. it!

Hellenne said...

Great interpretation! Love the subtlety.

Mark Sheeky said...

Haha brilliant. If anything the lines look too clean to be Leonardo's! This renaissance man has little hope of drawing that well :)

Ellen said...

Sheila, this is just absolutely wonderful!!! Just wonderful!!

Edward Burton said...

This is wonderful, Sheila - very clever! Beautifully rendered.

Anthony Duce said...

You have drawn an amazing drawing. I love it.

Mary Anne Cary said...

Very creative and interesting . Great piece!

Gary Keimig said...

Great portrayal, Sheila.
Very well done and again different from what you usually do

Angela Elledge said...

What a terrific idea! Excellent drawing and I'm sure your daughter is tickled pink to see herself studiously doing homework.

Gwen Bell said...

Wonderful detail! I have seen so many of your great sketches but not many drawings. This is excellent!

Loved your Int'l Woman's Day painting too.

Dana Cooper said...

Wow Sheila, this piece is a real standout...da vinci would be proud!

suzanneberry said...

Wow! Excellent drawing, just beautiful!

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Sheila, Excellent and creative interpretation; so expertly done! Wow! I am most impressed by your skill and creativity.

David Larson Evans said...

absolutely clever

Julie Hill said...

Oh Sheila...this piece is fabulous! frame it, keep it, sell it, submit it...do something with this. I just feel it!

billspaintingmn said...

Sheila this is impressive!
You've done daVinci justice, and with a bit of humor I might add!
(homework tilt!?!) ha!
I like the line work and the script writting, all lends to the daVinci look!
The hair is perfect!

Lokelani Forrest said...

This is adorable. Reminds me so much of my granddaughter when she is "reading." Great job.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Awesome drawing and what a great idea to do this! My drawing would have been my daughter shirking homework :)

artbyakiko said...

I just LOVE this sketch, Sheila!! Da Vinci would be impressed to see this.

smellyrhinostudio said...

I love it!! I am doing 31 days of art history and art techniques with a rhino a day! How weird i found you today! great work.
:)

Kaylyn said...

Sheila...you're not done. Take a photo using a mirror so the text is backwards!!

Great job! I'd like to see more of your drawings.

Linny D. Vine said...

Excellento, Sheila!

Jo Castillo said...

Amazing! So wonderful....

Anne Campbell said...

Sheila - this is a fantastic response to the challenge - I love it.

Dean H. said...

Excellent! Da Vinci would be proud!

Kathy said...

Your interpretation is so very interesting!! Skillful work.

Tonya Vollertsen said...

yes, i like the idea of a study of studying! Great drawing.

sam said...

Hehe Sheila, I love your take on it!

Ann Rogers said...

Sheila, just noticed this sketch on the Follow the Masters site. It's really an incredible da Vinci look alike. Congratulations for such a grand entry!

Chartan said...

this is GREAT! I love it! what a creative interpretation of DaVinci

Mary Paquet said...

Move over DaVinci -- you have competition! Love thisresponse to the challenge. The pose is so natural.

maria kovalenko leysens said...

This is a great interpretation. Love the way it all comes together. You really come up with some great ideas!

SYLVIANE said...

aBSOLUTELY WONDERFUL? sHEILA§

Dean Grey said...

Sheila!

I love everything about this sketch!

The colored background, the notes, the figure itself.

Just great!

-Dean

Pat Koscienski said...

This is unbelievable. What creativity! I'm in awe!

SKIZO said...

Fabulous.

Sherry said...

I am simply enchanted by this personal interpretation of LDV's style.