Enter the gloom or into the light? I wanted to delve into the darkness and bring a woman back into the light. With a little help from my friend Look J. Boden for the excellent photography and the top class model that stood for us.
The model actually is a good friend of mine and I was inspired by the picture to turn it into a special pastel drawing. The method of divisionism was back on the menu and it is through the placement of consecutive red and green strokes I got the desired greyish effect such complementary colors induce.
Not for nothing did I use the word ‘gloom’ because I rather liked the dark fantasy the picture implied. It depicts almost a bad schoolgirl with only her stockings on, put in the corner. Of course, besides all color theories ad described above, it is all about the tonal range in this pastel. The tonal rhythym from left to right is what causes the plasticity of the scene and therefor brings forth the penetrating impression.
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Pastel drawing on Canson Mi-Teintes Touch paper (50 x 70 x 0.1 cm)
Artist: Corné Akkers
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