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First Illustrators

May 14, 2009

It is widely accepted that Art began in the cave paintings of the Neolithic Age.  Here’s an example from the Lascaux caves:

What strikes me about this painting is just how good it is- look at the proportions of the animals, the graceful curves of their bodies and these of the humans. Look how well the paint is applied- not splotchy or scrawled with an amateur hand.  The figures are dynamic and complement the deer well.   Look how cute the deers’ ears are!  You can tell that this was done by someone who knew what they were doing and relished it.  It is well designed with a good composition and the story is clear and interesting.   Whoever did this can be proud to call themselves amongst the First Illustrators.  If you think about it- this really tells you a lot about the power of art- the fact that we’re discussing his work 16,000 years later.

I’m sure he’d be pleased.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 10, 2009 6:59 pm

    …or she, maybe.

    Something I find kind of weird to ponder is that the Cro-Magnon people produced art, too, but were from a branch of hominide species which has gone extinct. We are related, but a different species.

    There were once more than one art producing species on this planet!

    I wonder what Cro-Magnon art would look like by now.

  2. Sonya Chasey permalink
    July 2, 2009 11:00 am

    There is a really interesting book on cave painting called “The Mind in the Cave:Conciousness & the Origens of Art” by David Lewis Williams. I bought it after visiting les grottes de Niaux near Tarragon, France. These caves are amazing & you have to walk a km in the dark to reach the paintings . When you arrive & the guide holds a light for you to see it’s a most incredible experience.
    I also did illustration at art school originally but now apart from teaching i’m persuing my own work. Recently I’ve been too busy painting to actually put any on the site! – but if you’re interested it’s

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