Renaissance

The Renaissance was probably my favorite topic to learn about in my AP European History class, only slightly beating World War 1 & 2. The Renaissance, if you did not know, started in the late 1300’s and ended around the 1500’s, mostly in Italy. The word actually means “rebirth,” referring to the rise of Greco Romanian Art, Philosophy, Music, Architecture and so on. Don’t quote me on this, I learned this in High School and they’ll only tell you what they want to tell you, so if you have any questions about the Renaissance, use your favorite search engine and search to your little heart’s content.

Why the Renaissance? Isn’t that like, old people art, ya know, for old people? Of course not! A lot of paintings that are still admired today are from the Renaissance. For instance, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, also known as Michelangelo, was recorded as one of the best artists of his time. He was a painter, poet, , sculptor, and the one who engineered the High Renaissance.  He was the one who sculpted this bad boy:

Michelangelo's David

Michelangelo’s David

(note: David is actually suppose to be a little boy, but the culture valued the body of man and made them more muscular than they needed to be. Either way, it’s perfection)

And this:

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo

If you didn’t know that, congrats, you’re learning a little from this silly blog.

Do you recognize this painting?

The School of Athens by Raffaello

The School of Athens by Raffaello

This painting was done by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, also known as Raphael. He, along with Michelangelo, helped to shape the Renaissance during his time. (do a little research on this painting if you would like to find out more. Its highly interesting and the people in this painting make sense. If you look to the far right, next to the man with the glob in his hand, you will see that Raphael even put himself in the painting!)

How about this one?

The Last Supper by Leonardo

The Last Supper by Leonardo

Or this lovely lady?

Mona Lisa by Leonardo

Mona Lisa by Leonardo

How about this journal entry?

The Vitruvian Man by Leonardo

The Vitruvian Man by Leonardo

Yes, these were done by Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, commonly known as Leonardo da Vinci, or the man of the Renaissance. Da Vinci was a Polymath, which means he studies in more than one subject. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer! Can you believe that?

These 3 men were the geniuses of the Renaissance and helped other artists like Sandro Botticelli, Titan, Donatello, Filippo Brunelleschi, Caravaggio (one of my favorites), Paolo Veronese, Giotto and many more.

-Ashton

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More Ink, Less Booty

Drawn by Moi.

Drawn by Moi.

One of my late nice sketches. I watched the movie called 10,000 B.C. on Netflix (good movie if you haven’t seen it) and Netflix gave me a little “Suggested Titles” sort of thing, and all 3 titles it gave me were Pirates of the Caribbean movies. I’m not sure what a pirate fantasy movie has to do with the first humans and woolly mammoths but I guess if you can find a way they can relate, then so be it.

Anyway, the pirates made me think about the kids who would play in their backyards with wooden swords and fake eye patches. So, I drew one of my own little scurvy dogs (ba-dum tisss). For some reason, I imagined him as a little elf boy and gave him a pointed ear. The entire drawing was  drawn in Sharpie permanent marker (I refuse to use my ball point pen) and it left me with a terrible after taste at the end of the night. Yuck.

Yes, his hat does say “Arrg!” Yes, it is made out of bones. No, I did not forget the H at the end of “Arrg!” It was a simple suggestion that I ended up liking (I didn’t want to make a lower case H out of bones. So much work, haha).

As some of may be able to tell, my sketching style does in fact come from Anime/Manga. I’m a huge Manga reader (If you don’t believe me, read my post A Pinch Of Me).

So yes, so much ink and no booty to spare for our little elf pirate. Now he must sail the seas in the My Art gallery.

-Ashton

Van Gogh

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
-Vincent Van Gogh

I guess this quote explains itself. No one can tell you that you cannot paint. Because you can, literally. Don’t let criticism silence you. You are the controller of your paintbrush. Pick it up and paint with what your mama gave you (heeheeharhar). When I think of Van Gogh, and this quote, I think about how his ear was gone. He could only hear half of the people criticizing him. Maybe we should cut off an ear. Or maybe both.

I kid.

I’m one of those people who have to listen to criticism in order to get better. Negative criticism is always the best criticism.

-Ashton

“True art is ch…

“True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.”
-Albert Einstein

Didn’t expect a man like Einstein to understand true art. Then again, he was one of the smartest men in the world. I believe in every word that is said in this quote. It explains lots of us artist. We can only create true art is we have the desire and determination to do so. If you’re on your arse trying to think of something to create, wasting time because of the common excuse “Artist Block” or “Writer’s Block” then you’re thinking much too hard. I’ve had experience with this before.

I plan on writing a novel for a contest that will help me pay for college and I always get stuck at some point. But once I get an idea (maybe after a day or so) and write it down, it looks like crap and I have to regain the concept of what I was writing. I’m not saying that these blocks are bad and you shouldn’t have them, they are perfectly normal. What I’m trying to say is that if I, for example, had a true urge to write this story, I would 1.) Plan ahead, 2.) write by the guidelines I create for myself and 3.) stick with it til the job is done. Sounds like extra work, but that’s what it takes. Plans are better than just winging it. And 85% of good reads are planned. 90% of famous paintings and sculptures are planned.

Maybe none of you get that from such a small quote, but thats what I got.

-Ashton

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