cubist nude graphite pencil drawing
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Art Deco Nude – 05-09-22 (sold)

Back to Cubism

This graphite pencil drawing ‘Art Deco Nude – 05-09-22’ follows up ‘The fabulous burki lippe and wassenaar trio – 02-09-22’. That drawing I made to express my appreciation for my friend’s musical skills. Also a great way to escape the routine of drawing and painting female forms. I am a sound advocate of changing style and subject regulartly for that matter. A little out-of-the-box thinking so to speak. That keeps me on my toes and edgy. It also gave me the opportunity to draw musical instruments and studio lights. Now I remember I made only one similar drawing, called ‘The Shins Live @ Paradiso – 20-04-17’. Anyway, back to this drawing. Last one, called ‘Clingendael – 31-08-22’ was impressionistic and so the other before. Somehow I felt I had to return to cubism again.


Émil Otto Hoppé

This time I was inspired by another photographer, called Émil Otto Hoppé. He took a picture of a Scottish woman in 1926. Even though he is not remembered often today in life he was well known internationally. A fine opportunity to give him back some credit for his lovely photograph. It inspired me to turn it into my kind of cubism. Too late to ask him whether he likes it or not. He was born almost a century before me, I believe. The lighting was smashing. I guess it’s not strictly art deco-stylish but I don’t mind calling it. Heavily chiaroscuro dosed gives me that deco feel. Perhaps I have to rename this series to ‘chiaroscuro cubism’ or ‘cubist tonalism’. I don’t know. What do you think?


Darkness All Around

Unlike last cubist drawing I hatched this one to an almost complete darkness in the negative space. The reason was that the cubist dancing female needed some space around her to have move freely. This new drawing depicts a lady in a more intimate setting. She’s on bended knees, leaning over towards light coming from the left. The dark areas around her body almost encapsulate her in a most intimate way. Hopefully these intentions are clearly and easily transferred to the viewer.


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Pitt Graphite Matt pencil (Faber-Castell) drawing on Hahnenmühle paper (24 x 31 x 0.1 cm)

Artist: Corné Akkers

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