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Slowly reading Walter Isaacson’s Leonardo Da Vinci so I’ve been filling up my sketchbook with words instead of drawings.

I’m only 39 or so pages in, but most fascinating so far is Leonardo’s ‘mirror writing.’

Up until now I had considered his mirror writing a mystical facet of his ‘genius,’ however, Isaacson has completely demystified it for me.

The technique was merely a way for lefthanders to keep their hand from smearing the ink as they drew letters across the page.

Isaacson even mentions that there’s a 15th century calligraphy book that teaches lefthanded writers the technique.

 

notes on vertigo

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Vertigo is such a strange film. I think its easy to forget how strange it is because it shows up on so many best of lists.

Vertigo must be Hitchcock’s most dreamlike film, particularly when Jimmy Stewart’s Scottie, is tracking Kim Novak’s Madeline through the city.

And once Scottie runs into Judy, the movie completely jettisons the mystery at the center of the narrative and focuses solely on Scottie’s obsession with Madeline, made even creepier by the age difference between Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak.

The film is made even creepier by watching Jimmy Stewart behave so obsessively.

inktober day 29 united

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i can’t believe inktober is almost over. i’ve loved spending time with sherlock and watson

day 29: united

my sherlock holmes themed inktober continues  with prompts from jake parker’s official inktober 2017 prompt list.

previously on sherlock holmes inktober 2017

past inktobers:

inktober2016

inktober2015

inktober2014

inktober day 10 gigantic

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watson caught in the clutches of a gigantic Holmes robot. catching up. day 10.

inktober 2017, pencil, ink

I’m working from jake parker‘s official inktober 2017 prompt list, but within the world of Sherlock Holmes.

day 9 screech

day 8 crooked

day 7 shy

day 6 sword

day 5 long

day 4 underwater

day 3 poison

day 2 divided

day 1 swift

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