impressionist urban graphite pencil drawing

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Delft – 24-03-23

Consecutive Drawing

This graphite pencil drawing ‘Delft – 24-03-23’ follows directly after my last one. In my art statement that goes with it I already told something about the purpose of the visit. After visiting the Prinsenhof we went to the Beestenmarkt for a bit. There I ate the most incredible pizza I ever had. Trip advisor: visit Bar Kil next time you check out all the bars and restaurants there. Anyway, after dinner we were walking back to the parking garage near Central Station. Crossing the Oude Delft canal I saw the Oude Jan at the right. This drawings marks that very spot.

An Attractive Composition

My love for water reflections I often proclaimed and there it was: the old church reflected in a distorted fashion. It must have been some ducks or coots disturbing the water. They created the most wonderful series of water ripples. Even though the sun had disappeared and the trees weren’t in leaf yet, the scenery got my attention. Particularly the round structures of the wavy water contrasting the triangular structure of the canal into the vanishing point. There you have it: a kind of diabolo composition, a double church and roundish water forms.


A challenge it proved to render the buildings into a right impression without overproducting them too much. After all, I wanted to lay the focus on the reflections and not the architecture. Erasing windows and rebates back in the graphite hatched strokes proved to be difficult. Using a pencil eraser or an electric one can be a drag. However, I was able to get rid of the unwanted stains they created eventually. I even managed to throw in impressionist bikes and a little car at the right. Two persons at the left indicate the height of the buildings and the width of the canal. Last but not least, the Oude Jan is slightly out of balance. This is for all art lovers who take the time to actually read my art statement as well. Looking forward to comments of viewers who will not have read it.

Graphite pencil drawing (Sakura 0.5 mm, 4B) on Winsor & Newton Bristol board paper (21 x 14.8 x 0.1 cm – A5 format)

Artist: Corné Akkers

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