Lorenzo makes things

Day 16: Inspiration.

Posted in 30 Day Drawing Challenge, Colour, Drawings, Non-Commercial by Lorenzo on March 23, 2012

Copyright 2012, Lorenzo De Waele

Another fairly quick drawing, based on a few cave paintings I found online. Why cave paintings? Well, I’ll keep it short and to the point (I can go on about this for a while); I think cave paintings open up a lot of things to think about if you take a moment to sit down and reflect. Our ancestors painted these beautiful depictions of animals leaping and running with simple lines and simple pigments. We’ll never know exactly why they did it. There’s several theories: they did it to magically gain favor in hunt, or they did it because they honored and feared these animals and drew them out of respect, or they may be depictions linked to constellations, or…

Fact is, it’s hard not to look at them and be completely struck by these lines and scratches that have survived millennia and are still vibrant and mysterious. I have visited some of these sites in France and it is hard to imagine how they even managed to draw them in those dark and incredibly tight areas, very far away from the cave entrances, let alone that they managed to draw these animals in such a recognizable way. The awe and wonder I felt even, just a year or two ago, at the sight of them, though…

… Anyway I’m gonna cut it short here or I’ll keep going. But yeah. Knowing that my ancestors painted beautiful things in dark caves for unknown reasons is a major source of inspiration to me and my own work.


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  1. Peter De Roy said, on March 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    He Lorenzo,
    jij verstokte Bowie-freak. Dit zal je wel interesseren denk ik:
    etwat downscrollen…
    Zeer merkwaardige blog overigens 😉


    • Lorenzo said, on March 25, 2012 at 12:06 am

      Dag Peter!

      Soms denk ik dat ik misschien mijn leven moet re-evalueren aangezien iedereen bij “David Bowie” spontaan aan mij denkt vanwege mijn fan-zijn. Maar dan denk ik, ach, het kon erger.

      Ik vond het een zéér interessante link, interessant om te zien hoe die te werk gaat. Ik ga die blog absoluut in de gaten houden.

      Dank je wel voor de inspiratie (zeer gepast ook op deze post)! Don’t be a stranger.

      • Peter De Roy said, on March 25, 2012 at 12:20 am

        He Lorenzo, ik was zelf lang een Bowie-fan, dat is geen tag of zo…
        und I vill not be a strrangerr 😉
        ik hou jouw blog ook stil in de gaten.

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