Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th anniversary with drawings by Paintology app

Ludwig van Beethoven born (b 1770 – d 1827) is renowned as one of the greatest composers and considered one of the most influential of the classical period to the romantic era in classical music. He was born in Bonn, Germany and showed early promise as a musical talent and produced his first works at the tender age of 13. He was forcibly taught by his alcoholic father in his early life but had other tutors from the court of Clemens August and he trained in the piano, violin and viola. He studied under notable music composer of his time, including Joseph Haydn and was a tutor to many aristocratic families. You can check out more of his life and history from the Wiki page.

His most famous works included the Symphonies which many of us are familiar with and is instantly recognizable, for example, the 5th Symphony.

We take this time to celebrate this great genius on his 250th anniversary by doing some drawings through the Paintology drawing app.

I found this interesting drawing online which I used as the basis of the collage that I created of Beethoven, see below.

A bust of Ludwig van Beethoven

I used the trace mode of the drawing to initially draw the outline to get a much better placement of the facial features, then I would do the remainder of the drawing by freehand. This technique of drawing places less focus on the form and shape and more emphasis on the drawing techniques to produce the final drawing.

The four drawings were done with the brush tools: line, watercolor, charcoal and shade. If you have done any drawings with these brushes you will know which is which. As some of you know I have a big affinity for the shade brush tool as it is an easy brush to use with no opacity settings and one can create many of the effects found in the original image. I have used the shade brush to create many photorealistic drawings which you can find on the Paintology and Ferdouse youtube channels. In addition, you will find many free structured courses that I have put together on the Udemy channel.

Shade Brush

The shade brush is great for trying to emulate the original image due to the nature of this brush but it can leave a ‘hazy’ look to it. I often use this brush along with the line brush to compensate for the ‘feathery’ edges to give the drawing more punch, however, in this case I stuck to the shade brush only. Also the colors can appear a bit muted which is easily compensated for by using a standard photo editor in the brightness/contrast settings such as GIMP or Photoshop. I will present a vide of this drawing in the coming weeks on the popular social sites mentioned above.

Beethoven - shade brush

Line Brush

The line brush almost has an opposite effect to the shade brush in that the lines produced on the drawing can be highly opaque depending on the hardness (opacity) setting that you might have. In this drawing of Beethoven, I kept the opacity about 2/3 of the way up and kept this setting throughout the drawing.

Beethoven - line brush

Watercolor Brush

This is a brush I have rarely used but I liked the effect that it created. As a result, I used short strokes to create this drawing which did make for an interesting effect, don’t you think?

Beethoven - water color brush

Charcoal Brush

This is a familiar brush that I have used often when I did many paintings using the 32 inch touch screen device. You can see some of my works using this brush if you visit the Ferdouse Youtube channel. The reason, I like this brush is because it almost creates a paint like quality when you start drawing with it and works well for people who come from a traditional painting and drawing background.

Beethoven - Charcoal brush


As you can see, the various brushes produces very contrasting drawings typified by how the brush lays down the drawing strokes. You can compare this to say drawing with pencil, acrylics etc.

Making the Collage

The collage that you see in the featured image was put together using the GIMP software tool, and this is freely available on the internet, you can find the link below for the download to this application. The music sheet that sits behind the collage was a bit tricky to do as I needed to resize, select the musical notes and turn it into the color that you see. This is the first time, I am publishing this, so I have no idea how other people would make of this collage. However, the important thing is that I have at least done something for this great genius on his 250th anniversary!


Beethoven Collage


Useful Links

In this section you will find all the links to the social sites related to the Paintology drawing app and drawing in general.

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Happy Drawing & Painting!

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