This graphite pencil drawing ‘Art Deco Nude – 06-08-22’ follows one day after the first, done with my new pencils. In fact, immediately after the completion of the first one I started the second in my studio at Brugman Art. However, finished a day later but within an hour in total. Surely this shows my enthusiasm. The Pitt Graphite Matt pencils and the Ingres paper to me are a perfect match. You have to know that I like to search for new ways to quickly put my ideas on paper. Charcoal simply is too stainy, even though it is quick and easy to correct. Pastel is also quick but falls off the Ingres paper quite easy without fixation. They are not very handy to carry around in my backpack as well. Pencils I easily can carry with my in my handy Derwent pencil folder.
This Deco title is a bit of a laugh really. Art Deco is a pre World War II art, fashion and architectural style. However, in itself it entails Eclecticism. In short, that is a word to indicate that all sorts of styles are combined and served as some kind of hotchpotch. In fact, I feel quite related to such combinations. The reason is that I strongly believe this is the only place for a true artist to dwell in. Just as a musician picks up the trail of his predecessors and turn that into a new song. I do the same more or less by associating a style from the past and make it my own.
Often have I written about seeing one thing in another. That goes for themes as well as styles, better known as -isms. So, perhaps it’s not a shame at all to call it Deco. But wouldn’t it be time to invent a new ism for my kind of art? What do you think? Deco sounds chic but also retro, even a bit musty just as beautiful retro furniture yet covered in dust. For the time being I am happy with this little piece of work. I like the rhythym of the diagonals at the top of her body. Covered in dust in the form of graphite particles. Not musty at all?
Pitt Graphite Matt pencil (Faber-Castell) drawing on Hahnenmühle paper (24 x 31 x 0.1 cm)
Artist: Corné Akkers