Many of Leonardo’s paintings and drawings were left incomplete. His numerous drawings display aspects and ideas of one of the worlds most insightful and inventive minds. Leonardo’s grotesque heads are among those that were never fully visualized. It is not entirely known why he created these drawings. Some think it was because he was commissioned to create caricatures for plays. Others believe it was because he was exploring physiological aspects of the human face.
These studies manifest my interests in the monstrous forms nature can produce, and in trying to create these from my own imagination. I was interested in taking his sketches and providing them with full value and completing them on a larger scale. I seek to have more of a psychological impact between the image and the viewer by rendering them life size. This enables the viewer to have more of an emotional response to them.