cubist nude graphite pencil drawing

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Neo Deco – 08-06-23

A Formal Introduction

For this graphite pencil drawing ‘Neo Deco – 08-06-23’ I used the same model as in the previous one. It’s time to introduce her to you. Online she listens to the illusive name honey_kiss_rus though. You can check her out by putting a @ in front of that name. That’s her handle on Instagram or you can visit her page. As stated before she is a slender and sensual model. Her body features inspire me to find new forms. Every female form has its unique shapes. In which I can find many new sub forms when I put my mind to it. Her slenderness offers me a new perspective on formalistic aspects all artists have to face and master eventually.

Dissociating an Association

In fact, creating a narrative is much easier than learning all about form. That’s because it is hard to cancel an association with what it represents, namely a female body. Seeing the true nature of what you’re looking at more difficult than to invent a narrative. That’s just a matter of associating the association with something else. Therefor, I want to master both creating narratives as well as the formalistic side of things. Too abstract this story to tickle your imagination? Take these forms I found in the front her body and especially her chest. I found a beautiful array of triangles, circular patterns and squarish boxes. When your squint your eyes all these forms merge into the association with a nude woman. That’s where I’m all about.

The Cubist Approach

This having said, my intial plan was to do an impressionist drawing. In the referencere picture the lighting was smashing, visible as razor light coming from the right. Setting out proportions I decided to turn a different corner though. I soon realized the proportions of her body wouldn’t fill out on the wider paper very well. That simply would deliver me too much negative space I only could render very dark. Hence the cubist approach. I think it’s a perfect synthesis of my previous style roundism, cubism and art deco. Forms extrapolated into that negative space serve as decorations to support more sutble forms in the main theme. Hence the title of this art work and a great addition to the series.

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Graphite pencil (Faber Castell Pitt Graphite Matt pencil 14B) drawing on Fabriano Ingres paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm)

Artist: Corné Akkers

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