I have been recently reading some of the stuff contained in Leonard da Vinci’s notebooks and have been enjoying learning about his philosophical take on the arts. One of my favorite passages is when he describes the difference between the poet and the artist.
“Now consider which is the more damaging monstrosity, to be blind or to be mute. If the poet, like the painter, is free in his inventions, [the poet’s] fictions are not as satisfying to men as paintings [are]. For, while poetry extends to the figuration of forms, actions, and place in words, the painter is moved by the real similitudes of forms to counterfeit these forms. Now consider which is a closer examination of man, his name or his similitude? The name for man varies in different lands, and the form is mutated only by death. And if the poet acts through the senses by way of the ear, the painter [does so] by way of the more worthy sense of the eye. By these [comparisons] I only wish for a good painter to figure the fury of a battle, and for the poet to write something about it, and for both [of these battles] to be put before the public. You will see which will stop more viewers, which they will consider longer, which will be give more praise, and will satisfy more. Certainly the painting, a great deal more useful and beautiful, will please more.” Leonardo da Vinci
I thought it would be fun to try to imitate one of his drawing using pencil as an exercise. I know it is not perfect by any means, but I enjoyed the process.