cubistic nude graphite pencil drawing

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Roundism – 10-08-20

Triangles and Diagonals in Roundism

Sometimes the body position defines the style of rendering. That is why this roundism drawing came with triangles and diagonals because of the model’s triangular position. The thought was to have the biggest triangle, namely her entire body, contain several subtriangles. The conclusion is that I turn to a cubistic look, even though I still call it roundism. You simply have to take my word for it. After my last graphite pencil drawing ‘Roundism – 07-08-20’ it was time to go edgy for a change.


There was only light from the left and perhaps you guessed it by now: the same LED light and model from the Venus of The Hague series. All the more reason for me to put an example of what blocking in the light may bring. In fact I deliberately staged the highlights only to appear at the very left. This way the tonal extremities in smaller areas would contrast the elongated legs to the right. In other words: it is all about the contrast between qualitative and quantitative plains.


I liked doing a series of repetitive diagonals starting from the shin, calf, buttocks, up to the thigh, creating rhythym. The light on the left is completely blocked in by dark tones and midtones. However, to the right angular structures slowly merge into the negative space around them.


I kept the feet smaller than they appeared to be. Sometimes foreshortening can cause strange visual effects and thus look implausible it its deformations, whereas good photographers and artists correct these kinds of errors. On the other hand foreshortening was needed in order to create depth in this abstract depiction of the human body.

Graphite pencil drawing (Sakura 0.5 mm, 4B) on Winsor & Newton Bristol paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm) – A4 format)

Artist: Corné Akkers

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