Once in a while I get that itchy feeling again that makes me want to turn to roundism. The last one by that title I made half a year ago. In between lie an odd couple of Geesje Kwak and Risque drawings. After the aforemeant last one I thought I was through with that style. Never say never again is what I experience as an artist though, over and over again. Now I see that the only thing that I have to do is to let it go sometimes. Do something else instead. Thinking and planning in series made me force to abandon a succesful style or series, in order to grow. Who knows what the tide may bring after a while.
The love for textures in kimono’s (Geesje) and fur (Risque) has brought me to new insights. That was when I saw this incredible 1930s picture drifting by all of a sudden It seemed the opportunity was too good to let it pass by. Just like last time I didn’t catch the photographer’s name. I thank him or her wholeheartedly for the play with light and dark. It is not hard to imagine where Tamara de Lempicka got her inspiration from. The extreme tonal bandwidth makes everything appear conal. Forms get abstracted automatically, also by the hefty light source coming from the left. It shines right trough the body, lighting up only a tiny part of the lower right under arm for example. Such things are like artistic gems waiting to be plucked by me.
The level of abstraction doesn’t differ from the reference picture much. It was a picture with a low resolution. I simply exaggerated some features and sliced them up roundistically. The hair is typical De Lempicka’s and I had ‘The Sleeping Girl (Kizette)’ in mind when I drew the hair in this one.
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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