Impressionistic nude graphite pencil drawing

The Venus of The Hague – 18-05-20 (sold)

Back to Model Sketching

This graphite pencil drawing ‘The Venus of The Hague – 18-05-20 (Sold)’ takes me back to model sketching. Last session with my model was fruitful. I had a mirror in mind like I used in my drawing ‘In hoc signo – 14-10-19 (Sold)’. Most satisfied with the result I was and a woman in England must have agreed with me. She bought it instantly. Sales are inspirational so enter new session. As always I made a list of poses for my regular model and reflections were on the menu again.

The Rokeby Venus

However, I left aftorementioned and intended mirror for this session out of the equation. Even though I had this idea of her reflecting in the evening hours it didn’t just work that well. Instead I start sketching her without. Strange how the subconsciousness must work. Having her pose in this position instantly reminded me to ‘The Rokeby Venus’ by Velázquez. Recaptulating the process, I must have searched for such a pose because I had my mind set on a mirrored pose. Incorporation a cherub holding the mirror felt corny though so I left that one out.

Hatched Strokes

As to the execution I had my hatched strokes style in mind I also used in my last drawing ‘Reigersbergen – 16-05-20’.  I had this very impressionist image in mind of blurry forms that would merge. The focus lies on the thy and that’s where the dark/light contrast is the most. Now you see what’s the most important thing to me. This pose got me also new ideas for a whole series. It turned out I could make another 9 variations on this drawing.

Click here to read about the sale of this art work to a Scottish collector.

Click here to read about the sale of a printable to a Slovenian collector.

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

Artist: Corné Akkers

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