This graphite pencil drawing ‘Darja Collin – 27-09-22’ is a natural follow-up of her portrait a week ago. For those who not know her already, click the link and read her story. It’s been a while since I did one in my roundism style, being ‘Roundism – 17-08-22’. I thought it would be more than just to vary and skip the straight linear styling for a change. There was another good reason though. I had a great pose of her I still wanted to use. Certainl I don’t know whether she struck and hold it for the photographer. Perhaps she was only moving freely and he managed to take this lucky shot. The pose made a big impression on me. Now was the time to do something with it and use my circular moves to mimick her dancing mood.
I am not sure who took this photo and therefor unfortunately cannot give anybody credit. Were it not for the photo, all credits go to Darja naturally. She must have been on her peak, physically and artistically. Her body seems so incredibly slender and agile. Surely the picture must have been from the same session as the one I used for Roundism – 10-09-14. Extremely rare since I never saw that photo again on the internet. Maybe it’s a vintage picture that disappeared straight into a collector’s map after auction. Now I come to think it, her dancing in the nude must have been quite extravagant for that time. Of course, grace to her natural beauty and well-trained body she can strut her stuff. However, she must have been also a free spirit and no prude at all.
As to my roundist added value I must say that I kept it quite simple this time. There are some extrapolations of body features directed into the negative space around her. The golden ratio curve came late in the game. It serves as some kind of swirl she evokes with her dancing. It also blocks in the light between her back and that curve, giving it that extra chiaroscuro feel. Darja keeps on enchanting me like so many poets and artists back in the day.
Pitt Graphite Matt pencil (Faber-Castell) drawing on Hahnenmühle paper (24 x 31 x 0.1 cm)
Artist: Corné Akkers
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