How da Vinci’s Journaling Made Him a Better Artist

Leonardo da Vinci was a man of many talents. He was an artist, inventor, athlete, scientist and musician. He was good at both work and play. Some of his creations have been acclaimed worldwide for years.

Da Vinci was a genius because of his stellar creations and their ability to inspire others to be just as creative. His creation was mesmerizing, and at times tiresome to comprehend. He was always learning and creating new things.
He used his acumen well and had habits that made him a better artist.

Leonardo Da Vinci had a notebook with him at all times. He liked to record any ideas that came to mind. He also took note of observations and imprints. His notebook had tales and jokes. He jotted down what he liked about other scholars, his own insights, prophesies and painting.

His journals also had details about his finances, thoughts on home difficulties, philosophy, inventions, and articles on geology, anatomy, botany, water and flight.

To him, keeping a journal was a healthy habit. It helped him mentally and physically. Science also supports this theory about the benefits of having a journal. A journal helps to unclog the mind, ease negative feelings and simplify thoughts. It further helps to solve problems commendably and enhance immunity.

He is renowned for his artistic creation. He is the creator of the “The Last Supper” and “Mona Lisa” paintings. He further learned engineering from his personal studies. He was motivated to learn and he constantly asked questions and did experiments.

He lived in Italy in the in the mid-1400s at a time when there was no electricity and clocks. Still, he was an engineer, and a gifted theoretical and practical inventor. His artistry led him to discover mechanical ideas that have contributed greatly to modern society.

He focused on developing new machines and improving the living standards of people and animals. He used his drawings and notes to make better designs and enhance his engineering.

Da Vinci studied and designed war apparatus such as the catapults, tanks, machine guns and submarines. He drew plans for a three-wheeled and self-propelling device. He was skilled in geometry and making architectural designs of canals, churches and fortresses.

Because he was mostly self-taught, his journal was very important in educating him on what others were doing and what he could improve on. He wrote dozens of journals and filled them with inventions and theories.

He used his intellect and imagination creatively. His notes had inventions such as the bicycle, the helicopter and airplane. He had a hunger for knowledge and was always drawing, observing, inventing and experimenting. His journal was the tool that recorded all this.

Most of his drawings were on his notebook. He wrote down his line of thought and ideas for his paintings. He observed and noted different gestures and poses. He also made notes of the performances of actors on stage, marking their position and also included input from the world around him. His observations are behind the drawings such as the “Virgin of the Rocks”.

Leonardo was good at noting sketches, ideas and images from his imagination. He captured his observations on animals, humans, plants and motion of water.

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