Impressionistic nude charcoal drawing

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Model session – 14-05-20

Corona Days

These Corona days bring little or no model sessions at all. However my model and I felt confident to do a new session after a long time, taking all precautions. So I was more than happy to take up my live drawing pencils and I used a rougher toothed paper this time (Arches Dessin paper) on which I put my graphite strokes with a bigger pencil than I usually work with. After she went home I put a finish over the drawing using smaller strokes with my regular mechanical pencil. The paper was not quite suited though for such treatment (scratching through the top surface) but it gave me a nice soft impressionistic look nonetheless.

A Beautiful Pose

The pose is similar to the Venus of The Hague series made a month later than this one. It makes me realize once again that a great motif does not ly in the object itself but in the angle, lighting, light and dark plain division and other compositary elements like the ratio between positive and negative space. It counts for both landscapes and models in my case and I am used to looking twice or take some time with a model or in nature to let it all marinate inside me. Then, if I am lucky, beauty hits me right in the eye. It is as if the solution was in front of me all the time. I only had to recognize it.


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Graphite pencil drawing (Pentel 0.5 mm, 3B) on Arches Dessin paper (26 x 36 x 0.1 cm)

Artist: Corné Akkers