Cubistic portrait graphite pencil drawing of Marilyn Monroe

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Sans titre – 30-03-18

Rather Gloomy

Following my previous drawing in the Sans Titre series this one shows more clairobscur (chiaroscuro. So it gives it a rather gloomy look. Therefore it is said that in order to portray the light one has to throw in a lot of dark areas. Consequently the only regions of pure light are the low part of the hair. They are adjacent to her face so it draws all the attention. Facial recognition is a bit harder though because the face is tucked away in darkness a bit. That makes it all the more fun.

Roundism Styled

I kept the cubistic forms that define Marilyn Monroe in my roundism style. That is because as an artist I know it is all about seeing one thing in another. It was the challenge to create maximum impression and feel of a tangible person. Such is based on abstracted forms, using a perfect harmony between variation and repetition of values, directions and forms. My motto is: In case of doubt follow the light (and the darkness that surrounds it).

The True Monroe?

Nothing more annoying than a glamorous Monroe hitting you right in the face. I like her vulnerable sides and I already explored these ones. They are my graphite pencil drawing ‘Sans Titre – 2 -09-05-14’ and an oil painting ‘Marilyn Monroe (2014)’. Allegedly she would have said once: “When I look in the mirror I see her”. That phrase sums it all up, I think. Without doubt one could say that in the end she still was aware of the monster she created for herself. Perhaps she did not step into the trap she made for herself eventually? Poo-poo-pi-do!

Graphite pencil drawing (Pentel 0.5 mm, 3B) on Strathmore Bristol paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm) – A4 format)

Artist: Corné Akkers

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