Pencil on paper, 8”x10"

This drawing is a preliminary study for
the "Portrait of Leonardo da Vinci"
in smoky quartz
that may be seen in Helen's
Gem Portraits Gallery.

The drawing is the result of a combination
of his original self-portraits--
Some show him bald and beardless,
while others show him with a beard and long hair.
Both original drawing and gem portrait
are Helen's homage to a master of the arts.

Photo: M.J. Colella


     Drawings are a vital integral part of Helen’s creative process for each piece.

                            “Drawing is an art form by itself, an artistic creation, the beginning of an inspiration.
                                It is an exercise to be able to see and compare.
                                It is the result of a study..,a series of changes.
                                It is the exhilarating preparation stage for another art medium.
                                It is a joy and a labor during our gem art endeavors.”


        Drawings are the foundation for the creation of a Sculptured Gem.
    With drawings and models, the Subject Theme will take shape from an origin and inspiration.
    The aesthetic composition will be built, decisions on the type of carving, material, size, style
    and functionality will be made, and proportions and ratios of the underlying harmonious structure
    are planned. The symbolism, metaphor or “story” will mature, and the internal and external
    features of the gemstone will be evaluated and incorporated into the design.
    Sculpture Drawings follow the contours of the forms and volumes, not simply of the outline or silhouette.
    Further detail drawings are usually required to explore Expressions and Textures.

        Drawings can be used as maps for the carving.
    They can assist in orienting the rough material to fit the design.
    Or, in many case the design is modified to suit the material.



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