Category Archives: People

Archimedes – the Man who invented the Death Ray

Archimedes lived over 2,000 years ago in Syracuse on the island of Sicily.

He was a mathematician, astronomer, physicist, engineer and inventor.

Many of his great inventions came about while defending Syracuse when it came under attack from the Romans.

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The leader of the Roman army was Marcus Claudius Marcellus. Eventually Marcellus won the war. Archimedes died in the Siege of Syracuse, even though Marcellus had given strict orders that Archimedes should be captured alive. Marcellus admired the genius and knew that he had more invention to offer the world. Who knows how history may have changed if Archimedes had lived to live the rest of his life in peaceful study and contemplation?

In this book, Marcus Claudius Marcellus looks back on his life and explains to his young son exactly why Archimedes was possibly the cleverest person that ever lived.

Here are a few videos that show you how to draw Archimedes and how to get to grips with drawing circles and spheres, the subjects that fascinated Archimedes so much, a fascination that led him to his greatest invention Pi – the number that lets us work out the circumference of circles and the area of the surface of a sphere.

 

How to Draw Afro Hair for World Afro Day – #WorldAfroDay

I had a request to draw curly hair yesterday and today I see on the TV that tomorrow is #WorldAfroDay So, what should I do? Ignore the signs from the Universe or show you how to draw an Afro hairstyle?

You Got it! Here is a video showing how to draw an afro hairstyle real easy – step by step – for beginners and experienced artists alike. This drawing involves quite a bit of cross-hatching to build up the tone and squiggly scribbling to get the texture – techniques you can use in many other drawings.

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Architect Frank Harmon – telling stories with sketches

I came across this video on The News and Observer and just loved the simplicity of Architect, Frank Harmon’s sketches. They looks so easy, but they come from a lifetime of practice, observation and knowledge of building construction, place and people.

Frank tells stories with his sketches on his blog – Native Places – using the sketch as the draft of a story or observation. I love that he uses only 200 words. That’s a skill to learn!

Take a look and be impressed with clear thought and simplicity of line and watercolour wash.

As I post this Hurricane Florence is headed towards North Carolina. I hope Frank is tucked-up safe somewhere warm and dry.