This drawing depicts Lily Elsie, Edwardian actress and singer. I liked the hair volume, its curls and planes.
When I was looking at the reference picture of Angie Dickinson my colleague at Studio Brugman, Gilbert said her face looked almost chiseled like a statue.
I am not sure what I thought about her, except for her strong personality. I sometimes liked her paintings and then I didn’t. What I have in common with her is that we both are autodidacts and that we like(d) to go our own way in life. Somehow I always come across her once in a while and that is why I decided to draw her. I saw a lovely – rare – nude photograph and thought I’d include her in my sans titre / roundism series.
In this drawing I tried to capture the edgy character of U.S. actress Talullah Bankhead and still bring softness to her face.
I was captured by the high lights at the top and the bottom and decided to keep the planes straight, putting the stress on the rough edged character of the figure.
I always liked Diana Ross (except for that ghaslty song ‘My Old Piano’) and when I saw a video recently I was intrigued by this shiny 80-dress oozing out glitter and glamour.
This is the first art statement on a drawing I wrote before completing it.
When I saw a picture of a young Catherine Deneuve I immediately saw the potential for my roundism style.
Following my previous sans titre drawing this one shows more clairobscur (chiaroscuro), giving it a rather impressionistic look.
Seeing a photo of 1930s moviestar Myrna Loy reminded me of why I like this kind of photography so much.