While drawing this one in the Roundism series the Corona virus roams around Planet Earth and holds everyone tightly in its grip. Everybody stays put and I almost feel suffering from a locked-in syndrom, with no particular place to go and the only expression I can make is through the tip of my pencil and teaching the students that will come.
Time to resist and celebrate the arrival of Spring. Rumour has it next week weather conditions will improve and perhaps people will start to move and swing as joyfully as this drawing I just made. Viruses will come to pass but many drawings and paintings will follow. It will be outdoors season anyways and I cannot wait to enjoy spring.
The reference picture is from the 1920s and such poses were typical for this era, let alone the clairobscur lighting. Since the pose suggest a circular movement I decided to put the stress on exactly that by making an extra swirl stemming from her hip, echoing the direction of the arm. Without such moves there would be too much negative space left that would not support the main theme. In other words, the motif would look ‘thin’ on paper. The next drawing ‘Roundism – 16-03-20’ is a little bit sweeter than this one, I think.
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Graphite pencil drawing (Sakura 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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