Monday, February 18, 2013

Codex Arundel

Page 261 of the Codex Arundel, otherwise known as The Notebook of Leonardo da Vinci. Fully digitized and online at the British Library.

This 2-page spread is annotated with right-ways Italian, so you don't need a mirror to read it. I still can't. But the context of these sketches, judging from those on adjacent pages, is siege warfare and heavy artillery. Could the object on the left be a propellant-driven missile? Were these kinds of pyrotechnical objects known to him, via imports from China?

Friday, February 8, 2013

Tree Mentor

This is a watercolor sketch by Alan Owen, an Englishman, who has a relaxed and intuitive and devoted attitude toward trees that we all ought to envy. I know I do. I want this. More here. Practice makes perfect!

EDIT: It appears that this approach was begin by Edward Wesson. More of his work here. Hmmm.

She's not a tomato

This is about 3" x 4", done with watercolor, gouache, and watercolor pencils.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Halo Head

This is a iPhone photograph of mine that has been 'apped' and 'shopped' so much that it's almost not a photograph anymore.

My latest fav app: Decim8. It's mesmerizing.