This colored pencil drawing ‘Golden Orange – 28-11-22’ is spawned by the same session as ‘Golden Shine’. Surely I had a lot of fun doing that one so why not do another? Finally, I finished my work on Melina after wearing embroidery glasses for hours. I got the resemblance a kind of right and that is why I like doing another female form in the rough. Sort of, I guess. In fact this one turned out to become a bit more elaborated than Golden Shine – 21-11-22. I definitetely wanted to get the lighting right. Contrary to the previous one the light shimmering through the limbs and breasts created more forms than a simple back.
This time my regular model took on an orange shine. I guess I just have to explore all the varieties of gold. Her skin complexion, often praised by me, allows me to do so. Due to the lamps I bought recently there is a new range of colors detectable in her skin. With all the high quality colored pencils I have collected throughout the years I can cover that range easily.
Because of the saturated blue in the sheets at the left I felt confident to saturate all warm colors in the face and body. Actually I am surprized how strong the colors in this one became. Colored pencil tends to look a bit matt, especially when put on dark toned paper. Maybe that’s due to spraying the drawing a couple of times in between. The layers already filling up the tooth of the paper proved to stay receptive for yet another layer on top. .Less strong are the colors in the lamp. I put in a bit of orange and blue in order to connect to the female form. Accidentaly the beams of the lamp coincide with the direction of the hatched strokes. Lucky me!
In the final stage of the drawing I was listening to Massive Attack ft. Hope Sando – The Spoils. I remember the video that goes with it. Cate Blanchett’s statues aging and crumbling into dust eventually. I came to realize an artist does the reverse thing. The power of creation. Whereas all things turn to dust we use dust (particles) to shape forms into being. Creations made and destroyed by one thing in common: time. I need more lives!
Colored pencil (Faber-Castell, Caran d’Ache, Prismacolor) drawing on Talens Toned paper (28.2 x 21 x 0.1 cm)
Artist: Corné Akkers
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