Drawing skills have been used and passed down through the centuries. Many artists have excelled in using pencils, crayons, pens or charcoal.
Often the creation of a painting required hours preparation, with sketches and studies of objects, people, and the background.
Leonard de Vinci
April 15th April 1452 – 2nd May 1519, he was one of histories greatest painters, a genius who excelled in all the domains of art, from painting to architecture. Born in the village of Vinci in Italy, he died at the age of 67 in Amboise, France. He is reputed as one of the fathers of the Renaissance period. Creating some of the most famous works such as the Mona Lisa, de Vinci left mankind with an outstanding collection of master pieces. Look at the skillful use of red chalk in the drawing of his self portrait.
Jacques Louis David
The French artist Jacques Louis David lived from 1748 to 1825. Recognised for his talent with works such as”The Oath of Horatii” and the scences of Napoleon, David was also a genius with peoples’ portraits such as “Portrait of Doctor Alphonse Leroy”
Born in Liverpool 1724 and died in London 1806. His talent for drawing and painting horses has admired by generations. He also painted other animals such as dogs.
A romantic painter from England 1775 to 1851, well known for his maritime works such as “The Fighting Temeraire” with intense colours and an expertise in perspective. Turner inspired artists such as Monet.
John Constable (1776-1837) lived at the same time as his English compatriot Turner, Constable is reknowned for his landscape art of the English countryside, the study of day light, clouds and painting different times of the day. Examples such as the painting “Noon, The Hay-Wain”.