The more tentative my sketch, the more it looks like the subject. I don’t know exactly why. Sfumato? Can a drawn line fall within the purview of the sfumato technique? Perhaps not. Maybe I should consider my initial light sketch as an under drawing and work on it to shade in areas (with sfumato).
I added sfumato to yesterday’s skeleton of lines, theoretically combining Leonardo DaVinci and Michelangelo’s choices in painting: soft, gradual changes in tone, with no outlines of Leonardo, and definite outlines of Michelangelo. There is an inside-out character to this part of the study compared with the initial stage:
I never realized that Leonardo DaVinci (L) and Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (aka Michelangelo (M)) knew each other. They didn’t get along too well, apparently. From what I’ve read, I would rather have known Leonardo. He was so curious about everything. Michelangelo was more competitive and a bit of a snarky fellow.* L and […]