Cubist nude graphite pencil drawing

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The Venus of The Hague – 26-05-20

Cubism Again

This graphite pencil drawing ‘The Venus of The Hague – 26-05-20’ is a slight variation to the last one of threes days ago. They both are cubist but with a different accent, preceded only by base version ’18-05-20’. You could say I turned up the abstraction one gear further. For example, the curve in the back is very much straightened out. Besides that the lighting in the calves and thighs has become less realistic than visible in the previous drawings.

Find Out About Abstraction

Now let me tell you what I find out about abstraction lately. I came to see that abstraction comes with letting go atmospheric depths and finding new forms in return. Such are for example the curves from her buttocks extending upwards. Somehow I found a way to have them echo by the styled round shadow in the lower mid section. In the final phase I decided to throw in some straight light beams contrasting the darker round forms. What do you know: it is my LED lamp on my bedside table and it serves as a beacon!

Something New

Right from the start of this Venus series I had this sound idea to do multiple variations. The reason is I felt a bit stuck in the same style. That would be my personal one I like to call ‘Roundism’. It already developed into sub styles like solarized roundism. In such a case of a series I like to start off with some realistic ones. This way hopely I can find something new. Not the very goal for an artist obviously. That would be to evoke something or anything really in the spectator’s mind. However, it necessitates to find something new first. How would I be able to evoke without knowing what it meant to me personally? Could this be the essence of the impediment many contemporary artists are suffering from.

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Graphite pencil drawing (Sakura 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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