cubist nude graphite pencil drawing
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Roundism – 17-08-22 (sold)

Two varieties in the Same Style

This graphite pencil drawing ‘Roundism – 17-08-22’ follows its angular version of two days ago. Surely Walter Bird’s reference photograph was good enough to draw two versions from it. The aim of course was to offer the viewer the ability to  compare these two. See what choices in abstraction I made. Now this one is finished it almost is a pitty to leave the subject and find another one. It is just that I am a sucker for razor lights, contre-jour and other extreme lightings. There are plenty of more reference pictures of old to be found. I hope I can make such photographs in a better studio with better equipment myself one day.


In the first drawing of the subject I kept a considerable part of the negative space. In other words, I drew the body a bit too small compared to the space around her, I think. However, the advantage of doing one subject twice is that you offer yourself a second chance. So I scaled the female form up a bit. Sometimes I am a little bit too precautious. I always want to avoid creating forms that feel like a sardine tightly packed in a tin can. On the other side themes can look stupid if they are depicted too small. It is always a matter of weighing precisely.


Because of a better positive / negative space ratio I created myself much more white space. That is why I was able to darken this up, adjacent to all things light. Such increased the dramatic feel tremendously. I made sure to keep the extrapolated roundistic forms outside the body darker than the hightlights though. This way they serve as echoes of their bodily counterparts.

Walter Bird

Recently I discovered Walter Bird’s works of art. I consider them to be, not just snappy shots. I already told you about my love for art deco. It makes me want to do more and explore my art deco moves. Perhaps Walter can teach me a thing or two once more. Next drawing will be after one of his pictures as well. A true inspirational source.

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Pitt Graphite Matt pencil (Faber-Castell) drawing on Hahnenmühle paper (24 x 31 x 0.1 cm)

Artist: Corné Akkers

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