cubistic portrait graphite pencil drawing of audrey hepburn

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Sans titre – 09-05-14

Eye Charmer

This graphite pencil drawing ‘Sans Titre – 09-05-14’ is all about Audrey Hepburn for those who didn’t recognize her already. In my ‘Sans Titre’ series it was obvious that this eye charmer couldn’t be missed. So I did her cubistically too. After Brigitte Bardot (Sans Titre – 07-05-14) I knew I got the hang of it and I drew this one in one go. I even made a second one that day: Sans Titre 2 – 09-05-14, depicting Marilyn Monroe. Rather than the latter I think Audrey always looked very natural. Even though she was dressed up with impeccible taste, by make-up artists, dressers and hair stylists I would reckon. I saw it myself in the Audrey Hepburn exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum some time ago.


I wanted to do a celebrity in a more graphic, almost cartoonesqe way. I always work very impressionistically but I wanted to try out some harsh contour delineations for a change. After all, who doesn’t love a good line? The reference picture I used was perfect for that. In deviation of the photo I made the background darker. This way linear contour delineations would still be visible but not dominant. I also like the fact the hatched lines that make up the shadowy parts are thinner than the contour lines.

Fragile in Abstraction

Even though the picture underligned her fragile and and subtle look, I knew that would not work for me. Thus, the hand, face and part of the neck are blocked-in light sections, surrounded by darker planes. Last but not least, I like the fact that the resemblance is still there whereas I abstracted a lot. In fact, I am quite surprized that the abstraction works, especially in the hair. Love live planes!

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Graphite pencil drawing (Pentel 0.5 mm, 3B) on Winsor & Newton paper (14.8 x 21 x 0.1 cm – A5 format)

Artist: Corné Akkers

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