Cubistic portrait graphite pencil drawing of Gene Tierney

Sans titre – 23-09-16

One out of the series ‘sans titre’ after the moviestar ‘Gene Tierney‘ in the roundism style.

The depiction of the facial features is based on clairobscur principles and I am surprized this one turn out to show hints of art deco as well.

I tried to let the portrait breathe by keeping some parts in the positive form open and let them run over in the negative space around it. I liked doing the hair because these lush hairdos from the 1930s and 1940s invite me to style them even more. Rendered in black and white they look like stills poured into concrete.

Gene Tierney lived a troubled life I read but in my eyes is one of the most beautiful women I ever saw. I once read a male co-actor deliberately screwed up a kissing scene several times in order to kiss her again.


Graphite pencil drawing (Pentel 0.5 mm, 3B) on Canson Bristol paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm – A4 format)

Artist: Corné Akkers

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