This nude already takes on the shape of my later roundism style, such as Roundism – 03-01-16. In retrospective I consider this one the start of the innovation I had in mind. Just like I experience right now (writing in September 2020 and updating my website) back in 2015 I experienced an artistic void. From my initial cubist onset, I did not know anymore where to go next. Surely I wanted to move further and develop a new style next to the hatched stroked one, like Roundism – 21-11-14. To artists in limbo like me I surely can recommend doing a single motif in different ways. See what might bring you and it brought a lot to me.
By blending and fading graphite I was able to get a very soft gradient. Notably it is the direct continuation of my drawing Nude – 22-04-15. For some strange and unknown reason I did not employ this slick looking gradients since I was a child, In fact I remember the exact moment I rubbed oil pastel sticks on smooth paper. It was in a price winning birthday cake drawing for Blueband in 1980. Click here to read about the lousy award I got. Though I remember I like that slick feel on my fingers, rubbing out pastel strokes. It seems whatever we do in our youth, will linger on in one’s mind only to backdraft us in adulthood.
To be honest I was a bit surprized what this drawing brought me. It is a big jump to more abstract nudes that I set out to. Initially I gave my nudes just a slight cubist touch and lots of atmospheric depth, almost realistic. This one has become the milestone for many more abstract ones to come.
The drawing is in the hands of a French collector now.
Graphite pencil drawing (Pentel 0.5 mm, 3B) on Canson Bristol paper (21 x 29.2 x 0.1 cm – A4 format)
Artist: Corné Akkers