cubistic portrait graphite pencil drawing of Louise Brooks

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Louise Brooks – 05-05-14

Sans Titre Series Start

A direct continuation of the series ‘the birth of new cubism’ but also the start of my ‘Sans Titre’ series. This one is flapper girl and silent american moviestar of the 1920s – 1930s – Louise Brooks. Later portraits of female celebrities I called ‘sans titre’ because I didn’t want to focus on the ressemblance of a portrait but on cubism itself set loose on celebrites. Perhaps that people will recognize them but it is not the goal itself. The next in the series is ‘Sans titre – 07-05-14’.

Early Cubist Style

In my ever search to forge motifs into art I tried to stick to the proportions as much as I could and only give it a slight angular look. In fact, this not cubism at all. At least not how Picasso and Braque meant it. That is a kind of multi-perspectivism, only to be ridiculed as ‘the little cubes’ by Mr. Picasso. Mine could be more closer to a definition of cubism than the initial cubist wave.

Razor Light

I always pick motifs that show great extremities in tonal values like in this one. The razor light coming from the left and right gave me all the tools to depict her in all her glory.

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 Graphite pencil drawing (Pentel 0.5 mm, 3B) on Winsor & Newton paper (14.8 x 21 x 0.1 cm – A5 format)

Artist: Corné Akkers