Surrealistic nude graphite pencil drawing

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Bastet – 04-10-19

Another Bastet

As part of the Out of Egypt series I did the theme ‘Bastetearly this year. This one I started some days ago when all of a sudden I saw a cat in the model’s lap. Therefor I thought that to be a great start to discover some more and do another Bastet variation. It is World Animal Day anyway and I miss my cat Furia. She sat for me as a model a couple of times and I thought I’d honour her today as well. Although I miss her much I don’t think I take a new one on short notice. Such is also prompted by the fact that my studio where I live is rather small. Maybe it is a sad thing for a cat to live on 85 square meters, 8 stories high. Not really the environment that brings out the best in the animal.

Pareidolia and Ambiguous Image

The cat in the lap can be considered as pareidolia or even as an ambiguous image. I explained the principle thereof already in the description to my oil painting ‘Gaia – 16-03-16 (sold)’. Remarkably the noun pussy, pussycat or kitty defining the animal also bears this ambiguous other meaning. Would the old Egyptians have used a similar noun? In total I discovered 5 cats. However, the one in the hip is the posture of Furia as used in my graphite pencil drawing of 2016.


A modern touch came late in the game. By sheer freak accident I stumbled upon animals taking selfies. There where deer captured by wildlife cameras but also pets accidentally pressing the photo button on a smartphone. Consequently I thought it would be fun to throw an arm in holding my iPhone. Enter cat number 6 and the model’s face I turned into number 7. Done!

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Pencil drawing (Sakura 3B, 0.5 mm) on Canson Bristol paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm – A4 format)

Artist: Corné Akkers

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