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Leonardo da Vinci for Biography Kids: Drawings

March 15, 2013 by  
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We will learn today in our Leonardo da Vinci Biography for Kids: Drawings, how no other painter in history produced as many drawings as him. He draw everything he saw, he made his sketches not only in the studio, but he went to the streets and the countryside, and he sketched from real life.

Leonardo da Vinci drawing and sketches

For him, drawing was not just an intermediate step for making a painting. He took all the time to detail his drawings and used different techniques to produced and embellished them. He used ink, charcoal, and chalk, but one of his favorite media was the stylus.

The stylus was a metal tipped instrument used over a paper coated with lead, gesso, crushed chicken bones, etc. The metal from the stylus, usually silver, reacted with the lead in the paper, producing a metallic trace. This is the same principle used 400 years later to produce the first photographs. Silver gets dark when exposed to the light, so this incredible drawings took several days to “develop,” the traces turned darker everyday, until they reached their final tone.

He also used an ancient technique from Rome. He rediscovered the red chalk, and he was the first one to use it during the renaissance.

Leonardo expressed fear, sadness, and happiness; his drawings were far from static. He drew beautiful drapery studies, where you can almost feel the texture of the fabrics. He sketched grotesque creatures, and classified people according to their noses.

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Leonardo da Vinci.No other painter in history produced as many drawings a Leonardo da Vinci.  He made his sketches not only in the studio, but he went to the streets and the

He made his sketches not only in the studio, but he went to the streets and the countryside, and he sketched from real life.

For him, drawing was not just an intermediate step for making a painting.

He took all the time to detail his drawing s and used different techniques to produced and embellished them.

Leonardo da Vinci drawing and sketches. He used perspective

One of his favorite media was the stylus. It was a metal tipped instrument used over a paper coated with lead, gesso, crushed chicken bones, etc.

The metal from the stylus reacted with the lead in the paper, producing a metallic trace.

He did beautiful drapery studies, where you can almost feel the texture of the fabrics.

He did beautiful drapery studies, where you can almost feel the texture of the fabrics. He drew tempera over gray linen

He also used charcoal, pen, and ink, to embellish his drawings; sometimes he even gave them a wash of ink.

He also used an ancient technique from Rome. He rediscovered the red chalk, and he was the first one to use it during the renaissance.

He drew grotesque creatures, and classified people according to their noses.

He expressed fear, sadness, happiness; his drawings were far from static.

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One Response to “Leonardo da Vinci for Biography Kids: Drawings”
  1. Laurie Zimmerman says:

    Very informative, thank you for putting this together.

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