Did Leonardo Da Vinci sketch porn as a boy?

Did Leonardo da Vinci sketch porn as a boy. Before the invention of photography and later movies and video, illustrations in books were paintings and drawings.

The nude female has been a popular subject since the beginning. In fact many cave women made a small fortune posing for drawings in the ice age.

So I am sure that even esteemed artists like Leonardo practiced their craft by painting and sketching young models and his girl friends. Of course we know that Picasso also painted nudes. Unfortunately, it was at his cubism phase and it is hard to know what the hell the subject is. He also disguised many of the painting as distorted clocks, etc. to keep the authorities from arresting him for porn.

Anyway the pictures from Leonardo were probably pretty bad to start. If you have never painted breasts, it is harder than you imagine. So many curves, details, shadows and different sizes and shapes.

I am sure the early, young Leonardo's artwork was probably ok, but we can't be sure. Many of these nude pieces were lost in a raid at the shed in 1465, when Leonardo was only 13 years old. Police stole many of the pieces and hung them in their basements, so they could look at them while playing pool and drinking beer with their friends.

So we can only guess how bad and vulgar these paintings might have been.

But it's ok, because Ugly is important and necessary.

Why is ugly necessary. We live in a world of polarity. Without ugly we would not have beauty. Just like, without evil, there would be no way to judge good.

Is the world perfect even with ugliness?  Let me give you an example. Let's go back to Leonardo da Vinci, perhaps the greatest artist of all time.  You might wish every artist could paint like the Masters. But if you went home and everybody had a painting equal to Leonardo DaVinci on their wall, would the Mona Lisa be so special.

Or would it just an ordinary piece of artwork.  Something you put out on the lawn on Tuesdays to be disposed of by the garbage collectors.

I was asked by to be a judge at an event at an art competition a few years ago.  One of the artists was not impressed with my judgment of his photography.  His photo was of a clump of dirt. Yes, dirt.

I scored his photo poorly. He asked why.  I told him that a picture of a clump of dirt had no center of interest, no nice colors, no particular composition to draw my attention, and also not a lot of feelings or emotions, etc. etc.

He did not seem impressed. He thought the picture was great and I was not a good judge of his intentions.

Years later, I think he may have been right. Perhaps his pictures of dirt were actually quite poor. But if he continued, he might have started photographing hills of dirt, then hills of dirt with some bushes, then with some bushes and flowers. Perhaps he then started taking photos of the moon (it is actually mostly dirt, with a little cheese). He might have ended up being an astronaut. Perhaps he might have even walked on the moon.

I just realized I may have put the space program (and artists in general) back many years. Just because I did not see the potential in dirt photography. Yes, photos of dirt can be art!

And does this story have a moral? Of course. We all start out as dirty artists, whether creating nudes or sensual art or perhaps snapping dirty photos with a cheap point and shoot camera or our phones. In the old days, Polaroid cameras were the preferred medium of perverts and artists. By the way, this is also known as the PreSexting period of modern art.

And another Leonardo created nude art. Remember Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie Titanic? We all need room for making mistakes, learning and practicing art in our world. Everyone needs to start somewhere.

I have the Helmut Newton autobiography. Mr.Newton shows one of his first pictures of the Berlin Subway at night. He was trying to recreate work similar to his hero Brassai. What he shows is a blurry, grainy picture. But he became one of the greatest fashion photographers of all time. Of course passion, talent and thousands of hours of practice help.

Some of us continue to take poor photos or create mediocre art our whole lives. Others grow their artistic talent significantly.  They may even become the next generation of artistic geniuses like Leonardo Da Vinci, Hugh Hefner or Picasso or even Thomas Kinkade or perhaps the great cartoon artist Charles M. Schulz (of Peanuts fame).  So don't give up on the painting you are working on. You don't know where if could lead.

By the way, you don’t know where your art will lead. Many music programs have been canceled in schools in America. They say very few students will become professional musicians or artists. So what? A few will become artists, maybe more will become creative and perhaps be less depressed and conventional and perhaps a few will become the next generation of fashion designers or Steve Jobs or a great rap artist.