The first time I heard the name Michelangelo Buonarroti, I was around 6 or 7 years old. I remember my father mentioning something about Michelangelo and that he was a painter. As the years went by, I figured out that he was an artist of the High Renaissance. The mystique of the old masters has stuck with me to this day.
One of Michelangelo's most famous sculptures is David. The statue measures 17 feet tall (5.17 meters) and from what I hear, it's a free standing single piece or marble.
I decided to make a drawing of David's head, and while reaserching the subject trying to find a good close up to draw, Gabriel (my 4 year old son - Today is Dec 09, 2004) saw a picture of David. He approached me and our conversation went as follows:
Daddy: He's not frozen; "he" is a statue made out of marble.
Gabriel: Who made him?
Gabriel (with a thinking face): Michaelangelo? The ninja turtle?
Daddy (laughing): He has the same name, but, he's not a turtle; He was an artist of the Renaissance...
Anyway, I finished the drawing in two sessions, using charcoal on newsprint (18" x 24"). It took me about 2 sessions of 2 to 3 hours each.
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The full drawing (a larger version):
Close up of the face:
Close up of of the mouth:
Close up of the neck:
If you are asking why I made this page, I have a good answer: when I decided to draw David, I couldn't find any drawings of his head and I figured that someone else may want to draw it as well, and will probably do a search on "David drawing" and won't find many out there. So, I'm fulfilling a need for David drawers.
And why would anyone draw David? Well, why not. Even Da Vinci drew studies of it. And if it was good enough for him, it's good enough for me :)
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