I’ve been studying Leonardo off an on the past few months. The man was a 3d artist before his time. I invite you to consider just how much he was like one of us, so similar to Joel, Matthew, Luke or others here…as I’ll explore.
-Da Vinci spent countless hours through his life studying how light and color work in the 3 dimensional world, and how our eyes perceive the world. Consider his break-thru technique of sfumato in our 3d terms today and you can view it as a method to achieve both ambient occlusion and global illumination. Light bounce and color bleed.
-He used depth of field techniques before anyone, blurring and diffusing objects at distance.
-He was an ‘animator’. He would spend hours trying to observe–without benefit of a camera or video–the precise articulation of a bird’s wings in flight…horses in motion, water in flow…and other natural movement. More than anyone before him he was able to translate motion into his art. Put him in front of a timeline with keyframes and watch the man work!
-He was obsessed both by trying to capture reality in his paintings but also in exploring the worlds of fantasy with art. In today’s world you can see him as a Raphael Rau–a student of perfecting reality in an image-- but also as a penultimate game designer.
-He studied anatomy and performed dissections for decades. He calculated the exact proportion of body parts, knew musculature as no other peer. He would have been other-worldly in 3d rigging and shared the spirit of Aleksey and other fine riggers here. Most certainly Leonardo would have been drawn to biological visualization and animation (hello Joel)
-Leonardo would have loved CAD, engineering and military 3d. (hello Luke L) For much of his life Da Vinci viewed himself more as engineer and military inventor/strategist than as a painter.
-DaVinci was involved in performance art for much of his life, helping stage performance with gears, pulleys and more before the era of engines and electricity. I can see him as a Beeple or David Ariev, building stage designs and venue video for ColdPlay, Beyonce or U2.
-DaVinci had signature hair design that set him apart. Can you imagine him with c4d’s hair system?
-As one who designed canals and tried to re-route a large river… it’s easy to see him drawn to mastering RealFlow.
-Inventor. I can only imagine the c4d plugins DaVinci might create. He’d most certainly master xPresso, Python and one of the C programming languages.
One final thought: A modern day DaVinci would know more than NoseMan knows. And that my friends…is staggering to imagine!
DaVinci was known to be handsome, charming and articulate. Think for a moment what it would be like to witness Da Vinci as a presenter at NAB or SIGGRAPH?