This graphite pencil drawing ‘Sans Titre – 09-05-14’ is all about Audrey Hepburn for those who didn’t recognize her already. In my ‘Sans Titre’ series it was obvious that this eye charmer couldn’t be missed. So I did her cubistically too. After Brigitte Bardot (Sans Titre – 07-05-14) I knew I got the hang of it and I drew this one in one go. I even made a second one that day: Sans Titre 2 – 09-05-14, depicting Marilyn Monroe. Rather than the latter I think Audrey always looked very natural. Even though she was dressed up with impeccible taste, by make-up artists, dressers and hair stylists I would reckon. I saw it myself in the Audrey Hepburn exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum some time ago.
I wanted to do a celebrity in a more graphic, almost cartoonesqe way. I always work very impressionistically but I wanted to try out some harsh contour delineations for a change. After all, who doesn’t love a good line? The reference picture I used was perfect for that. In deviation of the photo I made the background darker. This way linear contour delineations would still be visible but not dominant. I also like the fact the hatched lines that make up the shadowy parts are thinner than the contour lines.
Even though the picture underligned her fragile and and subtle look, I knew that would not work for me. Thus, the hand, face and part of the neck are blocked-in light sections, surrounded by darker planes. Last but not least, I like the fact that the resemblance is still there whereas I abstracted a lot. In fact, I am quite surprized that the abstraction works, especially in the hair. Love live planes!
Graphite pencil drawing (Pentel 0.5 mm, 3B) on Winsor & Newton paper (14.8 x 21 x 0.1 cm – A5 format)
Artist: Corné Akkers
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