This colored pencil drawing ‘Melina Noëlle – 19-11-22’ is a continuation of my impressionist search. You see, doing the last one ‘Woman in a Red Kimono – 10-11-22’ I still wasn’t satisfied. Whem I’m in the flow, guided by a certain style, I want to dive deeper. There were other reasons too. My live drawing session which led to ‘Melina Noëlle – 17-09-22’ was in preparation for an oil. Engrossed in my current work in progress, to be called ‘Psyche and Amor’, I decided to take a slight detour. I had some pretty good reference pictures that I took during that session. Therefor I picked out the best one and turn it into the reference drawing for the oil. This keeps me going, contemplating the oil without having to start a second oil and divide my attention unwantedly.
Whereas the kimono in the last one was a challenge, this time the green dress offered something similar. As such, for me folds are not difficult to depict, only in my hatched style they are. I offer you the solution and that is erasing them back at the end and retouch them a bit colorwise. However, the dire consequence is that you look at a eery green wall most of the time, only to work out towards the completion. Luckily Melina’s natural grace and beauty guided me through the process. I think the funny kitschy chair sets off the dark green quite nicely. I knew I was onto something the first time I saw her sitting in that chair at Brugman Art.
Last but not least, during aforementioned session paintings of my esteemed colleague Anne Bos were on display. The wooden floor looked a bit too greyish and the dark painting behind her sets off the white chair beautifully. The yellow oil painting at the left is the accent but does not draw the attention too much. The hefty tonality of the posture, white chair and dark green in the background is commanding enough. It keeps the attention focused on the main theme whilst tickled by the yellow in the eye corners.
Colored pencil (Faber-Castell, Caran d’Ache, Prismacolor) drawing on Fabriano Ingres paper (28.2 x 21 x 0.1 cm)
Artist: Corné Akkers
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