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Roundism – 14-09-19

Inspirational sources

Man Ray’s solarization was on my mind when I made this roundism drawing. Mondriaan also was because he strived for an ideal division of planes in a certain space. Next to this I feel close to Tamara de Lempica’s conal body shapes. I like to combine them all and this is the result. I drew the face slightly realistic so the spectator would be tricked into believing the abstract bodily forms. It resulted in some criticism of people who found it detracting to the nice abstraction but I do not concurr. Personally I like the contrast very much. Besides that, it is not that realistic.

Straight versus Round

As explained in my description of the graphite pencil drawing ‘Roundism 24-10-19’ I often employ contrasts between light and dark (in the first place) but also between round and straight. Even though my personal roundism style implicates round structures, I find straight structures soothing to the eyes somehow. It removes the sharp edges of the massiveness of all combined round shapes. Therefor I like the diagonal sprouting from her lower left arm, running off paper. Makes want to draw some more in the future.


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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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