De Hofvijver (The Court’s Pond) is the pond next to the dutch House of Parliament and the Prime Minister’s tower at The Hague. Despite attempts to lift the city up to modern times by building skycrapers, it managed to keep its village-like atmosphere. To me the centre is everlasting appealing for extensive walks searching for artistic motifs.
Even though I drew the Hofvijver before there is always room for new inspiration. So it happened one day all of a sudden I was fascinated by the light shimmering over the water. It created diamond facets hurting your eyes. Light reflections always are very rewaring and I decided to capture them and I began at the spot.
The drawing took longer that I thought and so I went back home where I saw the shimmering was not intense enough. That is where I came to the conclusion I needed to block in those lights even more radically. The façade of the Mauritshuis and ’t Torentje I hatched over at least two tones darker. The water directly under the buildings I even made way darker. It was enough to let the highlights come popping out.
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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