August 23, 2012

A Great Teacher

I've been busy this week putting all my ducks in a row, so to speak, before gearing up for the final art work for my book, so I almost didn't post (better late than never).  That being said, I dredged up an old drawing for this week's Illustration Friday topic, "Teacher." It's a pretty potent prompt, to say the least.  One thinks of a beloved school teacher or family member, for sure. But I kept thinking about one of my ultimate "educators," Leonardo DaVinci.  This is a little "out take" from one of his amazing paintings, "The Virgin of the Rocks"  (London version) that I did years ago as an exercise. I had all but forgotten about it until I started thinking about teachers.
Leonardo was one of my best :)
Study in pencil of the angel from Leonardo DaVinci's "The Virgin of the Rocks" (London version)


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  1. She's absolutely beautiful!!! It seems like you have a heart connection with this. (love those heart connections to certain creative outputs of our own. Know what I mean, perhaps?)

    xxo

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    1. I know exactly what you mean, Katy! Your point here is so obvious in your work, too.
      xo

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  2. Simply lovely, Elizabeth! Your pencil work is amazing! I'm glad we've gotten to see it a few consecutive weeks now! And a great spin on this week's theme!

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    1. I do seem to be on a pencil roll, so to speak--past and present. Thanks, and thanks for stopping by, Mit!

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  3. Beautiful! You really captured the style and her serene expression!

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    1. I'm glad you think so, Cindy. In trying to emulate these masters, there's always something to aspire to! Thanks!

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  4. Maybe we ought to put him in for cloning...

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    1. Good idea...the current world would undoubtedly be the better for it...

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  5. That dude could do it all. Yeah, he was one of my first inspirations. I even made a working model of his perpetual motion machine idea while in college. It wasnt perpetual, but it looked cool.

    Such a drawing you did, a real beauty.

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    1. Ted, I'll bet it was very cool. You should post it.

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  6. Leonardo is a great teacher, no doubt. That's well remarked!
    And your study is really amazing. I love the kindness that you put into the pencil and all the smoothness of this draw.
    Congrats. It's a great study and a great piece of work.

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    1. Thank you so much. At some point it would be interesting to re-draw it to see if it would look appreciably different, technique-wise.

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  7. What a lovely drawing and post! Can you imagine what it would have been like to watch him draw in person? Incredible. I kind of blanked on the "teacher" topic...weird, since I AM one (well, the substitute variety anyway).

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    1. Well, Sarah, the day's not quite over ;)
      I agree that to have been a fly on the wall and watch Leonardo in action would be, to say the least, incredible! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Hello Elisabeth Rose

    This angel is absolutely beautiful. I love the softness and sacredness of her.

    Helen xx

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    1. Coming from you, Helen, this is a great compliment. Thank you!

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  9. E.R. You are great!
    Congratulations, you may have drawn this copying Leonardo, but still is very well drawn!
    in itself, this drawing done for you is a great drawing!

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    1. Roberto! You are great! Thanks so much, and I'm glad you like it :)

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  10. You do not cease to impress, Elizabeth. I'm sitting here shaking my head with appreciation.

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  11. I love the softness of this angel. And you've captured the eyes beautifully. Very nice technique!

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    1. Thanks, Mr. T. You know what they say about the eyes being the windows of the soul.

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  12. Lovely work, Elizabeth! love her expression.

    Hugs.

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  13. There couldn't be a more perfect teacher to be influenced and taught by than Leaonardo..in every aspect of artistic inspiration and creativity, he was the master...second to only God himself...who was his great teacher.

    Such an sofy, lovely, and ethereal sketch...the Master would be very proud indeed!
    xo J~

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    1. Re: Leonard-- so true, J. ! Thank you for such an ultimate compliment!

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  14. Copying the great masters is education par excellence.
    You have captured the softness of Da Vinci's angel beautifully.

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    1. It certainly is one of the best ways to learn.
      Thanks, Paula!

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  15. Hi Elizabeth,
    Beautiful angel. I've always been fascinated by Leonardo. My art teacher at school was fantastic,sadly she is an angel now. Good luck with your book.. :)

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  16. Beautiful and you're a very good student! I love the softness of her.

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    1. Thanks, Celine. There's nothing quite like a good soft pencil :)

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  17. Good morning Elizabeth!

    This is splendid. I KNOW I can do this, it is just finding the TIME! BUT THIS IS SO WONDERFUL and a beautiful dedication to someone who has influenced many of us, without his even knowing; HIS PHILOSOPHIES have influenced my teaching....I have a wonderful book on him and his perspective on life and how he just saw LEARNING through so many venues such as science, math, art, music...what an individual and your tribute is beautiful!!! Anita

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    1. I KNOW you can, too! I'm so glad you like my version :)
      Yes...Leonardo was the quintessential Renaissance Man!

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  18. It's beautiful, Beth! Da Vinci is definitely my "hero", too.

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  19. It's hard to even put a compliment into words, this is just that gorgeous. How wonderful to remember the best lessons from the masters! :o)

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    1. Michele! I am humbled by your kind comment. Yes, the masters are the best teachers!

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  20. Impressive! You captured her beauty perfectly. DaVinci was an early inspiration for me. Thank you!

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    1. It's truly amazing how inspirational he is for people. Such an incredible talent to even begin to aspire to! Thanks.

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  21. Oh my! I always loved how Leonardo drew the lower eyelid and made it part of the expression, not just something to skip over. You got those sweet and compassionate eyes just right! How lovely.

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    1. Thank you, R.! Astute observation about Leonardo, too :)

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  22. I know that drawing--at one time I had a fancy to try and draw, obtained this beautiful book of drawings and tried to emulate them in my own. I was a failure, but it gave me an appreciation. You've captured this one splendidly. (But then we know how good you are.)

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