For Emanuele Dascanion, pencil art has reached its zenith as captured in this report with its accompanying illustration Adjekpagbon Blessed Mudiaga
Fine Art is creative art, especially visual art whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content, while drawing as a form of visual art makes use of many number of drawing instruments, one of which is the pencil- the major instrument used for drawing by Fine Artists. The pencil, which is used to mark a two-dimensional medium, is a writing implement or art medium usually constructed of a narrow, solid pigment core inside a protective casing. The case prevents the core from breaking, and also from marking the user’s hand during use.
Pencils create marks by physical abrasion, leaving behind a trail of solid core material that adheres to a sheet of paper or other surface. They are noticeably distinct from pens, which dispense liquid or gel ink that stain the light colour of the paper.
There are multiple types of pencils for different uses by various people, so it could be confusing when choosing a pencil and knowing what it is used for. To understand this, there are two things to consider- the actual type of pencil, and the grade of the pencil.
When starting an art work, H pencil is usually used to begin a drawing, so that in case there is any adjustment to the figure being created by the artist, the lines could be easily erased with an eraser, unlike B pencil that is darker in texture and difficult to easily erase.
Mandy JW, Art and Design “When beginning a drawing, it is always best to start off with an H pencil. It leaves a light stroke, so you may go over the sketch many times and easily erase any lines you might not want. Since the B pencils are darker, they are not so easy to erase, so make sure you get exactly what you want with an H pencil before using a softer pencil. Using a darker pencil can be useful for shading and adding the right amount of contrast to a piece of work.”
Most cartoonists use pencil to bring out the shapes of objects before giving it a bolder look after being satisfied with what they have created. Thereafter, the object could be given chiaroscuro wholly by using pencil or applying colours to design it according to the aim or target of the artist.
There are many good Nigerian pencil artists such as Chuka Nnabuife and a host of others. However, when it comes to notable great pencil artists in the world today, Italian pencil artist/painter, Emanuele Dasciano comes to mind.
Dascanio is said to be a perfectionist who has devoted much time to the study of artistic techniques and the search for continuous improvement in his skills as a painter, before embarking on exhibition schedule. He was born in Garbagnate Milanese in 1983. After graduating from art school Lucio Fontana di Arese, in 2003 he enrolled at the Academy of Brera painting section: having learned to live in an environment decadent for the same painting, left after six months.
Continuing, however, to have the desire and the need for artistic growth, in 2007 he began the study of Gianluca Corona, finding in him a good teacher and learning the technique of oil painting. According to him, using pencil comes natural to him as an artist. He has participated in various competitions and exhibitions nationally and internationally, ranking near the top.
No wonder an arts analyst, Cindy Wider, describe him thus: “Emanuele Dascanio is one of the greatest living artists of our time, a true master. His incredibly realistic graphite pencil and charcoal portraits vibrate with spirituality, emotion and energy. His oil paintings exude sensuality and passion that reach out to seduce us through a disguise of sumptuous fruits and various still life objects.
“His masterful applications of these mediums combined with a deep connection to the subject result in images that fool the eye into thinking the objects are real. Beyond great technique, however, there are also layers of meaning to discover for ourselves in Emanuele’s work as we linger longer in front of his art and allow ourselves to see the works ‘slowly.’ It gives me such pleasure to bring attention to Emanuele Dasconio’s art.”
Aside the foregoing, archival records show that the history of Fine Art dates back to the Acheulian period of prehistoric art: to proto-sculptures such as the Venus of Berekhat Ram (a basaltic figurine, 230,000-700,000 BCE) and the Venus of Tan-Tan (quartzite figurine, 200,000-500,000 BCE); and to cave paintings from Chauvet Cave (c.30,000 BCE), Lascaux, Al- tamira, Pech-Merle, and Cosquer.
During the era of ancient Mediterranean civilizations, including those of later Greek, Roman and Byzantine culture, as well as medieval Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque and Gothic art, fine artists were regarded as mere skilled-workers – like skilled interior decorators or carvers. It wasn’t until the Renaissance, that the profession of “artist” was raised to a new higher level, reflecting the newly perceived importance of the “design” element – or “disegno”.
Furthermore, from the 16th century onwards, students who wished to enter the new profession of artist were trained in special academies, set up across Europe. Academies remained the bastions of traditional fine art until the 20th century, when Cubism, Dada and Surrealism swept away their neat set of rules.
Modern/Contemporary artists have further extended the boundaries of fine art. The plastic art of sculpture now employs a range of new materials, as well as new forms (assemblage, land art etc). Printmaking has taken advantage of new commercial printing processes, like silkscreen printing and giclee prints. It surely won’t be long before installations are regarded as fine art.
In conclusion, since Fine Art involves different patterns of presenting images, different tools and materials are necessary to carry out the production of any piece intended by an artist. Materials used for drawing includes charcoal, chalk, pastel, pencil, pen and ink, book illustration, caricature. Painting is concerned with encaustic painting, tempera painting, ink and wash, oil painting, water colour painting, gouache and acrylics. Sculpture is done with bronze, stone and wood-carving; while printmaking apply woodcuts, engraving, etching, lithography and silk- screen-printing.
Dascanio is said to be a perfectionist who has devoted much time to the
study of artistic techniques and the search for continuous improvement in
his skills as a painter, before embarking on exhibition schedule. He was
born in Garbagnate Milanese in 1983. After graduating from art school
Lucio Fontana di Arese, in 2003 he enrolled at the Academy of Brera
painting section: having learned to live in an environment decadent for the
same painting, leave after six months