Early man used art to depict creatures and events central to his existence. The illustration (below left) is a Neanderthal man's representation of woolly mammoths. It was painted on the wall of a cave, and is one of the few surviving records of life at that time
Present-day sources Hills, birds, faces and figure shapes are all derived from photographic sources in magazines such as the National Geographic. From his collection of over a thousand color magazines Giovanni can find references which act as a visual archive of the smallest details in his landscapes.
The spear (right) is an object found in a grave of hunters of this period. There are no visual records of how the weapons really looked. Giovanni began his reconstructions of the hunters by studying archeological finds of the period. The skull (below) has a projecting but 'swept-back' face. Giovanni incorporated this information into an illustration of the head of a present-day eskimo.
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