Roundism – Bettie Page – 31-01-15 (sold)

Roundism - Bettie Page - 31-01-15 (sold)


A combination of my love for American pin-up and 1950s celebrity Bettie Page and roundism. I liked the reference photo because the tones of the outer parts of her arms matched the negative space outside the body. Because of that the body seems to fade into the background and I had the idea to open up the body and create a fluid look.

The drawing seems to look modern but it's just old school techniques of gaining enough tonality by which the view of the spectator can get enough hold on the body to still recognize it.


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

Artist: Corné Akkers


About corneakkers

1969, born in Nijmegen. My work can be seen in many countries all over the world. I employ a variety of styles that all have one thing in common: the ever search for the light on phenomena and all the shadows and light planes they block in. My favorites in doing so are oil paint, dry pastel and graphite pencil. It is not the form or the theme that counts but the way planes of certain tonal quality vary and block in the lights. Colours are relatively unimportant and can take on whatever scheme. It is the tonal quality that is ever present in my work, creating the illusion of depth and mass on a flat 2d-plane. I combine figurative work with the search for abstraction because neither in extremo can provide the desired art statement the public expects from an artist. Besides all that, exaggeration and deviation is the standard and results in a typical use of a strong colour scheme and a hugh tonal bandwith, in order to create art that, when the canvas or paper would be torn into pieces, in essence still would be recognizable.

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