cubist nude graphite and colored pencil drawing

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Roundism – 26-11-16

A New Experiment

An experiment in my roundism style on how to open up forms as much as possible. In the first place I wanted to have the positive form of the model ‘breathe’. Technically spoken, I wanted to have that positive form communicate with the negative space around it as much as possible. On the merits of this process of opening up I would like to refer to another drawing. The description of my graphite pencil drawing ‘Roundism – 05-02-16 (sold)’ already explains a lot.

Abstracting More

Futhermore, after my previous colored pencil drawing ‘Roundism – 20-11-16’ abstracting body forms even further seemed logical. Consequently this time I skipped facial recognition, fingers and toes as well. The goal was to depict only the body position in general. People will recognize it anyway and fill in the gaps. Surely by slanted positions of especially the arms and legs the body is plain to see for everyone. Next to this, the diagonals and curves in the composition induce a feel of dynamics in a nude at ease. I love those counterbalances, wheter executed through tonal, color or form contrasts.

The Color Purple

Contrary to the aforementioned previous colored pencil drawing I used only one color next to graphite greys and blacks. My initial plan was to use more but I did not feel it was necessary to do more. It only would lead to unnecessary confusion, since I bestowed the spectator with the responsability to primarily interpret the nude. The color purple gives it a rather mystical appearance. Don’t you think it suits the spectator’s searching mind for logic within this myriad of broken-up forms quite nicely?

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 Graphite pencil drawing (Pentel 0.5 mm, 3B & Coloursoft pencils) on Canson Bristol paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.01 cm) – A4 format)

Artist: Corné Akkers