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Model session – 14-05-20

Missing Live Sessions

This graphite pencil drawing ‘Model Session – 14-05-20’ is something different from the last one. Voorlinden – 03-05-20 was jolly good fun to make but I also missed live drawing sessions. You see, these Corona days bring little or no model sessions at all. However my model and I felt confident to do a new session after a long time, taking all precautions.

Different Paper

So I was more than happy to take up my live drawing pencils. This time I decided to use a rougher toothed paper this time (Arches Dessin paper). On this I could lay my graphite strokes with a bigger pencil than I usually work with. After she went home I put a finish over the drawing using smaller strokes with my regular mechanical pencil. However, the paper wasn’t quite suited for such treatment (scratching through the top surface). It gave me a nice soft impressionist look nonetheless.

Similar Pose

The pose is similar to the Venus of The Hague series made a month later than this one. It makes me realize once again that a great motif does not lay in the object itself. Instead it’s in the angle, lighting, and overall light and dark plain division. Other compositary elements like the ratio between positive and negative space also play arole. Strangely this counts for both landscapes and models in my case. Normally I am used to looking twice or take some time. It doesn’t matter whether I am with a model or in nature. First I have to let it all marinate inside me. Then, if I am lucky, beauty hits me right in the eye. In some way it is as if the solution was in front of me all the time. The only thing I had to allow is recognizing it.

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Graphite pencil drawing (Pentel 0.5 mm, 3B) on Arches Dessin paper (26 x 36 x 0.1 cm)

Artist: Corné Akkers

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