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I know that Leonardo da Vinci was already famous during his lifetime (the King of France, for example, wanted him more to display the famous man as a trophy and to talk with him than to enjoy his artistic skills), but when exactly did he became famous, and why?
He became famous, I suppose, because of his art, and yet why was he more famous than several other artists of his time? He was not that productive, and his works are not that much more impressive than many other masterpieces of the same period. It is not as with Michelangelo, who could work a marble stone that was already damaged and was almost abandoned and carve the David, or who could, even disliking painting, create a fresco that was and is still unsurpassed (he painted better than even Rafael, who was the sensation of the time).
So, why did Leonardo became a superstar on his lifetime? His notebooks and multi-area thoughts and interests were not known among his contemporaries, and his status was mostly a product of his art-works. As for his inventions, from what I read they were much more the product of fantasy than actually workable ideas: even in his engineering meditations Leonardo was much more of an artist than a man of action and an inventor.
What was the act, the thing that firstly really catapulted Leonardo to fame during his lifetime?
Also: Leonardo da Vinci thread. Discuss him, post his works, post books about him, make questions about him.
Pumpkin Pig Project
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OK, so my wife is an elementary school teacher, and is in charge of a project to collect used Halloween pumpkins for local pig farms. She is making up flyers to send home with the kids, and we were hoping someone on here would be willing to create some artwork for the flyers involving pigs and pumpkins and also keep it elementary school age appropriate. If anyone is bored enough or up for doing some charity drawing, pictures, or art, you would be greatly appreciated.
tl;dr Any drawfags willing to make some pumpkin/pig art.
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YOU! Yes, YOU RIGHT THERE! I don't give one fuck if you're tired, uninspired, masturbating, seeking advice, or feeling as if you will never be good enough! You will STOP! NOW! I want you to DRAW! You must draw something - anything - and make even the slightest improvement! Then, you will do it again. Not because I'm telling you, but because it's the reason you picked up a pencil in the first place.