Leonardo da Vinci and his Vitruvian Man


Leonardo da Vinci, one of the more prolific individuals of the Italian Renaissance, was a genius and way ahead of his time. He is considered a polymath, which in Greek translates to “having learned much,” and is defined as someone who is an expert in a broad range of different subjects. In Leonardo da Vinci’s case, he excelled in areas of arts and mathematics. A work of his that reflects his aptitude in both art and science would be his “Vitruvian Man.” The Vitruvian Man is drawn with pen on paper, and it mathematically defines the proportions of the human body, mostly relative to height. I’m sure you’ve heard that the length of your arms is supposed to be equal the length of your height. This is just one of the many “perfect” proportions that are defined in his work. Other proportions defined in his Vitruvian man include the length of your chin to your hairline is equal to one tenth of your height, and the length of your shoulders is one fourth of your height. While I was reading some of these, I couldn’t help but think of how much thought he must have put into this. All of these proportions are written in the writing above and below the picture. However it is written backwards, or in “mirror writing.” This was not uncommon for da Vinci as most of his notes were written this way. The motive behind this unique style of writing was to hide his ideas from the Roman Catholic Church, since da Vinci’s ideas often collided with them. Davinci was also left-handed and it was easier to write on the page from right left as writing the opposite caused his writing to smear.
I felt that this would be a good artwork to share since we’re learning about the Renaissance in class at the moment. I first stumbled upon this artwork indirectly, as a variation of it is presented in the artwork for the “Clayman” album by heavy metal band In Flames. After seeing it so many times, I finally did some research on what it actually was. I was instantly riveted by what I was reading and soon found myself comparing my proportions to Davinci’s ideal ones. I also found it rather impressive that this was created with ink and it appears to have no mistakes.

Vito Bellino

1. How do your proportions match up to Leonardo da Vinci’s defined ones?
2. How do you think his ideas may have influenced future artists?
3. Do you think his technique of mirror writing was a good strategy to hide his ideas?


Your Mind Your Choice

I believe human mind can perform beyond and more than we imagine but we simply do not know how. We have this misconception where people believe we are born a certain way that limits them. I am not talking about inheriting genetic conditions or disorders that restricts your ability; but even then its your mind and your choice as to how our will manage and control any situation so ultimately you determine how and what you can feel.
So with that said I choose this particular art piece because I can personally connect and relate to it and get the chance to hear what other people has to say. At first I noticed all the facemasks expressing different emotions and it appeared to be growing out of some type of a plant. I interpreted it as “its normal and natural to feel these emotions” At times we are overwhelmed by these mixed thoughts feelings, emotion, ideas, and even your memories. (Faces) I believe this is a common thing amongst us. Overtime, I came to a realization life is a study; a learning experience it cannot be mastered but be accepted for what it is. Which brings us to the face that is located at the bottom of the picture with no expression holding “in” these feeling (faces) conveys the message “that it is within you to decide what to express, strengthen and encourage the growth of” I believe as soon as you understand what is truly good for you and know what you desire you will natural develop it.
I appreciate this art because It appears to be a simple work but it has a complex and deep interpretation. I find the art of sketching fascinating because it is one of the oldest forms of art originating from the Greek in the 1400s and its still utilized today. Brian Hudson created this particular art on February 27th 2008. I obtained his art through modern troll deviant art (Google). One of his techniques that I have notice that recognized from the read was how he uses the values of shading and lighting just like the Leonardo da Vinci’s work of art “ The Virgin and Saint Anne with the Chris Child and John the Baptist” both of these art work uses the hatching and cross-hatching method. After hundreds of year of art it has not changed just the way we view it.

How long did it take to complete this art?

Where did he get the idea?

Why the Sketching method?

Link to history of Sketching:


Links to more of Brian Hudson art:


Lee Kim



Childhood Torture

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Honestly, before taking this class I never paid close attention on what’s behind a work of art? The deeper we started going on in the course; I came to the realization that we see art every day without even noticing. I find it incredibly amazing to how now; I seem to be questioning myself more about art from a positive perspective. Now I realize the hard work and the creativity there is behind every work of art. In addition to this, I decided to go more in depth on paper. I find it amazing on how many things we can do with paper. For example? Paper cut outs are amazing when they’re taken to a different level.

Bovey Lee is a Hong Kong born and a spectacular paper cut out drawing artist. She expresses her views on subjects she finds interesting with paper cut outs; such as power and domination, gender, politics, and cultural expectations. I’m always been a little obsess on how many things we can do with paper, that’s one of the reasons why I chose this specific type of art. Bovey Lee’s work is impressive. The detail and creativity she puts in her work is just incredible and I must say it left me speechless. The usage of color in Bovey Lee’s work is not a big element, but without the usage of color, it puts the emphasis in the detail of the cut outs leaving it all to our imagination.

The three pictures above are from her album called “childhood torture”. There are many interpretations that could be made from these images. Maybe child abuse? Child labor? Authoritarian parents? The assumptions could be endless, but the topic says it all.

· Did you ever consider “paper cut outs” as being a fine art?

· What would you main focus would be with these images? The message of the image? Or the detail put in the image?

· What are the first emotions you get when you look closely at the images?

Evelyn Alonso

Art of Tim Burton

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Ever since I was little, one of my favorite movies was The Nightmare Before Christmas. This was one of Tim Burton’s original movies that not only created a world of animation that was excellent then, but is still excellent now. Aside from this movie, Burton also did drawings and doodles that inspired his filmmaking and thus brought his artwork to life. Tim Burton always had the style in-between something dark and humorous with his artwork. You could look at his drawings and appreciate the creativity when he draws these characters representing his esthetic.

I loved the designing of Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas, and Edward from Edward Scissorhands. Both characters brought a sense of a heartwarming personality in the movies with a strong connection to underlying family themes. With The Nightmare Before Christmas I also had interest in the love story between Jack and Sally that became a cliché for some of my generation saying things like “we can live like Jack and Sally” setting a romantic standard for those with a dark but warming romance. From just looking at the artwork without knowing the story, Tim Burton would show Jack and Sally in a simple romantic gesture such as holding hands or being really close/ kissing. With the way he designed the characters it gave the sense of feel that they were meant to be together without looking exactly alike. Apart from this, as you watch the movie, you can easily relate to the character’s personalities with your own as you feel the design of them suit their sadness for most of the movie. I personally loved the fact that he created beauty in a darker form for not just the characters, but the setting as well. The Halloween theme has always been known, but Burton created this Halloween themed world in an illusioned texture that really complimented his use of certain colors and texture on his characters as well.

Edward Scissorhands wanted to be loved and Tim Burton made the audience feel for this strange boy with scissors for hands in a strange world to him where everyone is so happy and colorful while in his world dark was the “norm”. I personally felt that when Edward walks into the “normal town”, not only did he stick out like a sore thumb, but he walked into the land similar to Doctor Seuss. I felt that this gave the playful unbalanced of light with dark during those times of the movie when it was Edward vs. the town.

Tim Burton does have his art gallery online here to have a better understanding of his esthetic in everything he designs. You will see the playful humor he puts into his dark drawings and the balance of a happier emotion you may feel from his artwork, despite the fact the art is based on a darker atmosphere.

  • What do you like or not like about Tim Burton’s artwork?
  • Does his movies capture his artwork so you feel it “comes to life”? and if not why?
  • Do you feel his artwork is meant for pure enjoyment or has a deeper meaning? Why?

Amanda Stacey

Hidden Identity

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As I scrolled through my daily dose of Pintrest posts one night, I came across this series of peculiar drawings that just got me thinking about how people define beauty in their own minds. Most people see beauty as the image that was implanted in our brains by society: the celebrities with perfect lives, the girls with perfect hair and makeup, and the guys with perfect bodies. What about the people who don’t have those qualities?

This series of graphite drawings was done by a brilliant artist by the name of Gillian Lambert. She named the series, Self Deception, and as you can see, there is resemblance in each of these drawings. She seemed to love the idea of abstracting the human face by bending, twisting, and pulling her own face to depict the grotesque, repulsive, awkwardness that is the human face.

I thoroughly enjoyed looking at her work because she really captures an image that is not only humorous and reflective of the hidden truth but also something very unpolished and almost disgusting at the same time.

Out of all the drawings in the series I’d have to say that String is my favorite. The intricate detail in each and every messy strand of hair and the pressure the string creates to deform the face is so beautifully and truthfully illustrated. It is definitely a piece to be appreciated. It almost makes you want to reach into the picture and yank the piece of string in order to free her strangled face. All of these drawings make me want to reach in and unrestricted her face from whatever is constraining it.

Another thing I really like about these drawings is how calm she looks in all of the portraits. I like that aspect because I feel like most people would expect her to look worried and trying anything to loosen the grip of her hands or pressure of the string constraining her face; but she looks as if it is supposed to be happening to her, like it’s “normal”.

I was trying to do a little bit more research, for my own sake, to see where her work has been shown. After reading a few blog posts about her I found someone who took pictures of her work in a gallery… but, of course, didn’t say which gallery it was at.

The link to her website and her work:

Rachael Venchus


  •  What is the significance, if any, of depicting only one side of her face (or disguising one side of her face depending on how you want to look at it) in each of her drawings?
  • Is there meaning behind the items she used to distort her face?
  • If these are self-portraits how was she able to so intricately draw something like Hands without help?
  • If you were to recreate something like this, which object or objects would you use to distort your face? Why?