Cubistic portrait graphite pencil drawing of Faye Dunaway

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Sans titre – 30-07-18

Bonnie and Clyde

After my Sans Titre graphite pencil drawing of Diana Ross and the immediate sale of it I thought I make another one, depicting Faye Dunaway. Of course she is a great actress in many movies but her role in Bonnie and Clyde is a legend in its own. Likewise did I like this photograph that says it all about the content of the movie. Surely it shows an astringent, youthly confident teen gangster on a steady way to her demise. Great acting!

Artistic Approach

Firstly I was captured by the high lights at the top and the bottom. I decided to keep the plains straight, putting the stress on the rough edged character of the figure. Next to this I also did not straighten out much of the lines and planes for that reason. Instead I kept the look of a kind of worked out sketch rather than to refine it and soften it too much. The aim was that such would add to the flavor of the pose she strikes.

False Light

Personally I like the aforementioned two light spots: on her beret and the lower part of her spencer. Basically they are the only white spaces in the drawing. All other regions are toned. Therefor I use this one to demonstrate students something appearing to be light cannot be not that light at all.

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

Artist: Corné Akkers

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