The Sheik of Araby is a jazz song composed in honor of Rudolph Valentino. I always loved this song. When I paint or draw I often have musical mood mends. Lately I was into jazz, playing randomly everything I have, from jazz standards to Miles Davis’ Tutu. When listening to music it often happens I made connections between music and the theme I am working on. Such was the case doing a particular nude. This very song causes me to dream of the female form tucked away in the arabian desert. Surely soon she is to be discovered. It only took an old moviestar from the 1920s to act upon accordingly. As master of the desert, steerer of sand dunes, he was the perfect guy for the job.
Another version of real events was that I did not have a clue what to do with the nude. The pose intrigued me but soon I felt bored. Nowadays I feel like drawing either way: roundish styled or surrealistic. If I can’t seem to be inspired to render it cubistically then I have to drag surreal elements in it. Hence, the guidance of a jazz song. Of course my previous graphite pencil drawing ‘I Lost My Contacts – 23-09-17’ still lingered in my head. Maybe I should do more in the future.
What could be more fun than putting a camel instead of a nipple. See if I can get away with it. Social media like Facebook and Instagram are hard hitting on the subject these days. It always makes me laugh when I protest by denying the nipple and stating it is something else. Then they deblock me. Sad though that even in the Middle Ages the Madonna with child could be depicted with a bonified nipple. Is there still hope for sexual liberation and is there an alternative for anglo saxon social media prudity?
Click here to read about the principle of ambiguous images as explained in my post ‘Gaia – 16-03-16’.
Graphite pencil drawing (Pentel 0.5 mm, 3B) on Lana Bristol paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm) – A4 format)
Artist: Corné Akkers
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