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Model Session – 28-05-24 – 2

Turn Your Back

This pastel drawing ‘Model Session – 28-05-24 – 2’ is the second one I made during this month’s session. Still no heater needed and after half an hour rest we held the second session. Unfortunately there wasn’t a blanket available to have her recline on. However, most people were up for another sitting pose. Other didn’t want to do a standing pose. Why not have her turn around. Let her sit her in front of participants who did her back during the first session. So we did and I immediately got intrigued by the squareness of her figure. She had her legs wide open, forming a square and a bit from behind. Next to this I liked the play of light and dark. Such is visible on the left side of the table. Some people decide to ignore them perhaps but these are hidden gems I gladly incorporate in my work.

Tonal Play

Contrary to the first session there was much more darkness on her back than on her front. Consequently I could use more of my Conté Carré black chalcks. Not too much though. The challenge was to capture tones slightly darker than the midtone gray blue that already was in the paper. Next to this drawing her foreshortened arms, fingers and feet was great fun. Evidentially I didn’t needed much. Only some highlighted points really. The stress in this drawing obviously lies in the structures in the back. I always like these kind of positions. During this one she was moving back and forth a bit. Not noticeably but just enough to have her back capture razor light. Now there was light on her shoulder blade, then again hidden in the dark. What a wonderful struggle for an artist: which tones should I draw?

Pastel drawing on Hahnemühle Dürer Ingres-Bütten Night Blue paper (48 x 62,5 x 0.1 cm)

Artist: Corné Akkers

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