cubist nude graphite pencil drawing

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Solarized Roundism – 02-03-23

Solarize It Again

This graphite pencil drawing ‘Solarized Roundism – 02-03-23’ follows directly after one with the same name. You see, I quite got the hang of it. I’m totally in love with my bigger blue velvet sheet. I totally feel the folds add to the flavour because they contrast the model’s skin beautifully. Moreover, the hefty tonal shifts create an exciting rhythym, enforced by the process of solarization. It gives me new forms that combined still is detectable as fabric. That is because I experimented with the level of solarisation incrementally until I got the best of both worlds. Not too much, not too little. Something in the middle, I guess.

Model Sessions

Sessions with my regular model have become much of a photo shoot. The main reason is that I don’t want to spend my time on practising my hand sketching her. That’s due to the costs of such a session. It simply is a waste of money if I only draw her. The drawing can even work out properly. Sometimes I even get something sellable out of it. However, it’s a bad return on investment so I take hundreds of pictures of her. Then I use some kind of ‘storybook of postures’ I invented or was inspired by, having scouted them online. So I saw one that was simply smashing and I even blamed myself for not having invented that one myself.

Zig-Zag Model

It’s a posture I once saw of a woman forming a zig-zag pattern with her limbs. One you could see right through her legs. It’s dynamic, sensual but also strong and bold. So I asked her to pose for me exactly like that. After some adjustments I had the right posture. Her skin sets off againt the velvet surprisingly matt. There it was, the right sort of contrast with the glimmering of the sheets. I only had to registrate it with my pencil. There is some cubist styling though as part of the initial set-up. I decided to keep them just as last time. Hence, the viewer will be reminded to my added abstraction rather than to register something photographic.

Graphite pencil (Faber Castell Pitt Graphite Matt pencil 14B) drawing Talens Bristol paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm)

Artist: Corné Akkers

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