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I am back with week three series 2 of sketchbook practice 2018! Today we will be drawing inspiration from a master artist, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, more commonly known by his first name Michelangelo he was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance born in the Republic of Florence, who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. We will be looking at his sketches and using them as inspiration in our own sketchbook!
This week are, Inspired by Michelangelo
Your Sketchbook: Mine is a Global Art Hand Book Watercolor Journal (landscape)
A few Pencils ideally in neutral colors: Grey, Brown, Black, White
sepia ink or watercolor if you want to do a wash for your background
Optional: Colored paper
First lets look at this drawing by Michelangelo, you can see his use of a neutral colored background and how he used contrast to build out the shape and volume of his subjects.
He was once quoted saying “Good painting is the kind that looks like sculpture.”
I would say he felt the same about drawing as well. He used drawing and sketching to plan out his larger works, many of his sketches we unfinished parts and pieces of his sculptures or paintings, he used this process to work out composition detail and dimension before starting his final work.
Sculpture was his passion and you can see the detail and dimension in this drawing that he brought to all of his works.
Image Description: The British Museum Michelangelo Buonarroti, Epifania (Rome, Italy, around AD 1550-53)
Check out the video below to see the process I used for this Michelangelo inspired exercise. Just looking at life and sketching is a great place to start so if you don't have neutral colored/white pencils just use a standard graphite pencil.
If you want to learn more about Michelangelo's drawings, paintings and sculpture or just more about his life, check out Michelangelo.org and gather some additional inspiration. If you are ready to try your hand at "sculpting" in your sketchbook lets get started!
I hope you enjoyed this quick sketchbook exercise and I hope are able to find some time to explore! It is never a to late to start creating and exploring your creative process.
If you want some extra Sketchbook fun check out my $5 Sketchbook Practice Mini Class! It has 11 exercises to get you creating and filling up your sketchbook in no time! I would also love for you to share your pages and explorations in my Facebook group Creative & Caffeinated and/or on Instagram using hashtag #DrawRiotSketchbookSeries I find that sharing with an online creative community helps keep me going and inspired!
Until next time! Enjoy Your Creative Journey!
XOXO - Tori