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Roundism – 20-01-23

By Corne_Akkers | Corne Akkers Art | 24 Mar 2023

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First Roundism of This Year

This graphite pencil drawing ‘Roundism – 20-01-23’ is the first one of its kind this year. After ‘Venus Lamenting – 13-01-23’ I wanted to do a similar one. However, it turned out to become something completely different. I thought I’d exploit a good idea further. That was to include a frame inside a drawing. As is the case in many other works I soon realized I wasn’t keen on repeating myself that quickly. It felt almost like pulling a cheap trick whereas the idea itself I found to be original. Maybe later. There were other reasons too though.

Squarish Position

Last Thursday I had my regular model come over to pose for me. I had prepared a story book of poses I would like her to strike. One of them was inspired by a pose Madonna once struck for a cover photo. There she kept her arms and body in a squarish position and I found that simply fascinating. It was unlike the pose for Roundism 26-11-21 but something similar. In fact I used it once or at least something alike, like Yeast – 18-09-19. When I come to think of it, it might my regular model’s idea in the first place. Anyway, lately I saw a similar pose somewhere on a website. Time to do another one, I guess.


Therefor I had my model put her left arm vertically as well as her right lower leg. With her right arm I had her construct some kind of a bodily rectangle. Initial findings during the first stage induced the feeling of all things round. Then it hit me all of a sudden. The rectangular pose screamed for counterbalancing it with round forms. Hence, my own roundism style imposed itself on me once again.

Realist Feel

Initially the roundish shapes were a bit abstract and I had the plan to do a heavily abstracted female form. On the other hand, grace to my new studio lamps, I had great razor light coming from the back. The result is a curious mixture of chiaroscuro feel, even a realist feel. The abstraction and extrapolated curves are not forgotten though. As such my model is more abstracted than a first impression lets on.

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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The Start Young as I was when I started drawing and painting I started my professional art career at age 35 after ending a succesful carreer as a business lawyer. I kept on handling my brushes and pencils after childhood but never dreamed I could make a

Corne Akkers Art
Corne Akkers Art

53 years old and creating art for 51 ears now. Follow this blog to see my drawings and paintings put in each and any conceivable 'ism'. Read my art statements and then you'll know why it is important for me to change from impressionism, realism, cubism, surrealism, expressionism, roundism so much. I hope you'll enjoy my search and my art works. Cheers, Corné

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