At the Binckhorst I met a model who posed nude for me and a student of mine. The live model sketch was in pastel and in fact I got the taste to do some more. It so happened I bought an iPad Pro the other day and on advice of another student I installed Procreate. Surely her first hand experience turned me into an enthusiast and convinced me to give it a go. Consequently the model’s features served as a first attempt and I must say I was not dissatisfied. You can see the digital drawing on my blog.
I was confused though. Should I consider this a new medium and henceforth create digital drawings? After all, I am an artist selling physical drawings and oils and do not sell printables (digital downloads) that much yet. For the time being the initial digital drawing served as a prestudy for this graphite pencil drawing. What can I say? I like these new mediums and as a middle aged guy I cannot duck away from new developments. In a way it is fascinating: sketching with a fake 6B graphite pencil. On a glass sheet it almost gives you the same experience as a real one. But what is real in the first place? For sure my techniques and skills are, whether put in bytes or on paper. Mind boggling it remains. I sketched in bytes as a prestudy for this real drawing, only to be scanned in bytes back.
The actual pose I used showed the model in a triangular side view. It was plain to see she had all the good proportions and musculature. Therefor I could put the stress on muscle groups and block the lights on around them. The lenght and width are the same in this particular pose, showing squarish proportions. I did not want to use square-sized paper. Then again there was this negative space arising from boxing in a square onto A4-size paper. I solved this compositionary problem by placing some squares and triangles around her. In a way they also reflect the props around her in the actual studio. They also serve as a reference to my earlier cubist and roundism work some years back.
Graphite pencil drawing (Sakura 0.5 mm, Pentel 4B) on Talens Bristol paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm) – A4 format)
Artist: Corné Akkers
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