Cubistic nude graphite pencil drawing reflecting the rise of the Roundism style

Roundism – 08-09-16 (sold)

The Rise of the Roundism Style

Another example of the roundism series, ever continuing. This one is the conclusion of a series of 15 drawings on the same theme. For some reason the series did not feel like finished in 2015, so this drawing was lingering about until it sprouted out of my mechanical pen. In a year many thinks can happen and it showed that my opinion and diction developed too that year. It may be so that this drawing is a first example of what I really want with the emerging Roundism style.


This style keeps on evolving throughout the years but this drawing certainly put a landmark. To give you a little background story. Back in 2014 some guy told me he found ‘The Birth of New Cubism’ as a title a little bit too pretentious and perhaps it was too cocky. That is why I decided to call my search in cubism ‘Roundism’ hereafter, honoring the original cubism movement earning its name due to a journalist’s comments on ‘Picasso’s little cubes’. A swear word more or less.

In the first year (2014) I kept on laying hatched strokes like I used to but in the Spring of 2015 I shifted to softer gradients of tonal values, basically rubbing out plains witfh my fingers or with a stump. Tamara de Lempicka influenced me heavily and I found new ways to create mass by a heavy use of tonal gradients. This drawing is a good example.

Art Deco

It look a bit art deco I think. It therefor served, together with ‘Nude 28-04-15’, as an inspirational source for my oil painting ‘Roundism – 12-02-17’. I think it bears certain elements of the depiction of body mass volumes like Tamara de Lempicka used to paint. Due to the gradient shift from dark to light and to dark again a strong feel for three-dimensionality is created.

Obviously I succeeded in both art works because I sold them quickly. One to the West Coast of the U.S., one to the East Coast. Certain the rise of the Roundism style has catched on.

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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