Thursday, 23 April 2009

The 10 drawings of da Vinci

After a quiet conversation with myself, convincing me to go in and have a quick peek, which eventually lasted an hour or so, as i started wandering round Manchester Art Gallery. Why i was so keen on seeing the drawings, probably had something to do with me reading a book called "Drawing on the right side of the brain". I was interested to see how he tackled, drawing his subjects, which ranged from portraits, to landscape.

After a quick walk round, i eventually picked up on two drawings i quite liked. One was a study drawing of two people, described as grotesque. I liked the detailed study of the faces, showing the face slightly sagging emphasising the age of the old man, the whole drawing has a real character about it, making it stand out against the crowd. The Composition of the two faces compliments each other as they face each other almost like a old couple, belonging together.

I thoroughly was glad to have seen the drawings, although I'm not a fan of traditional style drawings, but from the drawings, you can see how much precision, and time has been spent on, eventually leading to paintings. This i think i must applause DA vinci for.

After leaving the gallery space i entered another gallery space called crafts. I found this space more intriguing, there ranged so many objects, neatly organised on glass shelves, a whole range of sizes ranging from miniature to big statues from around the world. I spent absolutely ages in there and would have been happy to have slept in that room. I was even more fascinated when i found a Tord Boontje chest lying in the corner of the contemporary furniture part, Boontje has been my favourite designer/artist for a few years now, along with Rob Ryan, both use paper cuttings in their designs. On the chest you can see Boontje's signature style, bold paper cutting pattern on the chest, so intricate and delicate, you can't bear to touch, in case it might break.

It was a real feast for my eyes as i found dolls from the victorian era and small dresses. Small collectable objects took up a huge glass shelf. This consisted of glass, pottery ornaments, some hand painted, with such detail, you wonder how at that time they had the skill to do so. As i walked round more eventually going round in circles at least 10 times looking at the same objects over and over again, i had a sudden urge to create something similar to the objects on the shelf, i've missed making, sculpting and cutting things for a while now, and think i might get back into making 3d models, back to my old roots. This has been a real Eye opener and i would urge anyone who hasn't been yet to go have a gander.

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