Cubistic cityscape grapite pencil drawing

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Rotterdam – Delftshaven – 08-03-16 (sold)


After my drawing of Rotterdam – Coolhaven I wanted to do Delftshaven – another part of the old harbour area of Rotterdam but in a slight cubistic way. Delftshaven used to be the entrance port to Delft some 10 miles father north. Nowadays it is a strange kind of 17th century pittoresque looking enclave enclosed by modern buildings. There are many of such sites like Kethel near Schiedam. My aim is to seek them all out.

Blurry vs Sharp

The Coolhaven inspired to depict the scenery rather blurry because of having lost a contact lens. In this one the straight light beams in the background play an important role. One thing leads to another and I decided to render the street lanterns also like little cubes. In the front there is a statue of Piet Heyn. He is the subject of a heated debate as a result of the black lives matter movement and our dutch part in the slave trade.


Like the graphite pencil drawing of Coolhaven this one is rather dark too. However, I think I can get away with it because of two reasons. There is enough light also because of the reflections in the water, creating wonderful rhythyms of light. The second reason is that it is in the hands of an English collector now so I must have done something right.

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Graphite pencil drawing (Pentel 0.5 mm, 3B) on Canson Bristol paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm – A4 format)

Artist: Corné Akkers