Leonardo Da Vinci and Pareidolia
“If you look at any walls spotted with various stains or with a mixture of different kinds of stones, if you are about to invent some scene you will be able to see in it a resemblance to various different landscapes adorned with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, plains, wide valleys, and various groups of hills. You will also be able to see divers combats and figures in quick movement, and strange expressions of faces, and outlandish costumes, and an infinite number of things which you can then reduce into separate and well conceived forms”
4/30/2018 04:19:14 am
I just started a group named Pareidolia on Fine Art America. I haven't gotten must done yet but my first problem has been that I am asking artists to actually draw what they see on their surfaces weather it's paper or canvas, etc. that were textured by the artist and then highlights the image they see. People are using photographs of cars which the headlights are the eyes and the bumper is the mouth for just an example of what they think pareidolia is all about. That's more like anthropology. The next main difficulty in starting my group is that I think people don't know what I am trying to relay about using pareidolia to create drawings. I feel that Leonardo da Vinci would have made a great member of my group..From what I have read on the internet it really doesn't mention much about using it to create drawings and makes it sound like pareidolia is only seeing faces .I must be explaining the rules of my group not effectively enough as does .Leonardo da Vinci in this article .I am an artist who uses pareidolia to create drawings and not all familiar with using words. Any suggestions are way more than welcome. Also any artist using pareidolia please visit Fine Art America and my group pareidolia and submit your work and join. Your works will be available for sale and my name is Bruce J Hillenbach and I am the administrator of this group.
3/24/2019 08:38:45 am
I realize this is from last year, but just came across it. However I am not a professional artist for a living, I do draw from time to time, and would like to be able to paint and do more but time is consumed with life needs. Back to the point, I see scenes in everything I look at closely, I used the design in my flamica counter top to put out several pics, deep within these images are several other images and faces, not just faces but full in scenes, front, middle m, background and all around, down to the single strands of hair or stitch in clothes. Freaks me out a little, of course I have to explain it out for anyone else to see,
10/15/2019 04:41:15 pm
I have many drawings done this way with detail
10/23/2020 11:55:47 am
my lifelong art explorations which have ceased now ended with an application of charcoal to paper which was then pressed into the paper by circular motions and then using an eraser to bring out perceived highlights, then a pencil to enhance perceived edges and shadows and then a pen to render the final picture... my childhood was within walls of knottypine. faces were everywhere. perhaps as a result to this day i see faces in everything: trees, clouds, paintings and just learned it is called pareidolia...it is influential in all my art from sculpture to paper
1/2/2021 01:15:21 pm
I completely get what your intention, and have used it in my own art for a long time. I did a BFA in drawing, photography and sculpture. My drawings were started exactly as you mentioned. I looked at the textures in the paper, and used those as a starting point for what eventually became a full blown drawing. I now study perception and visual cognition for a living. And I've recently been reading up on research on pareidolia as a way of attacking it from a different angle. But I'm also going back to art as a hobby, and incorporating pareidolia into that. I'd like to combine the art and science in both art, and research.
I’ve had extreme Pareidolia all my life. But last year it kicked into top gear. During the pandemic and lockdown it’s severely affected my mental health. I’d see full on scenes in the sky, in the grass, on body hair, everything. Started to develop schizophrenia, Sent me to the A&E a few times.
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