Not a “Cute” Drawing!

This drawing is copied from a drawing by Leonardo Da Vinci. Thankfully, copyright laws do not apply to Renaissance drawings. Masters’ drawings serve as teachers of the many extraordinary drawing techniques of this time in history. My goal was to study Leonardo’s basic style and technique with graphite pencil instead of pen and ink.

Leonardo Da Vinci is best known and widely celebrated as a genius and pioneer within various disciplines of visual art including drawing, painting, and sculpting. To say that Leonardo was fascinated by human faces would be an understatement; he was especially obsessed with contrasting the beauty of youth, with both the splendor and grotesqueness of old age.

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About Brenda Hoddinott
Award-winning artist and author; illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, co-owner of Drawspace.com, owner of Drawspace Publishing, and retired forensic artist Brenda has developed art curricula and taught multidisciplinary arts since 1980. During her 25-year career as a forensic artist, Brenda worked with diverse criminal investigative agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Department of National Defense, private investigative agencies, and municipal police departments. Brenda and her partner John live in the suburbs of Halifax, Nova Scotia with their two SPCA rescue dogs: Timber the Huskador and Katie the Pitweiler. Their blended human family includes five adult children and two grandchildren. Books by Brenda Hoddinott include: 2012: Introduction to Contour Lines (Drawspace Publishing) 2012: Introduction to Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2011: Illustrated Dictionary of Art-Related Terms (Drawspace Publishing) 2010: Getting Started with Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2004: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing People Illustrated (Alpha Books) 2003: Drawing for Dummies (Wiley Publishing, Inc.)

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