surrealist nude graphite pencil drawing

Wag the Dog – 26-09-21

By Corne_Akkers | Corne Akkers Art | 19 Jun 2023

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Art Deco Feel

Wag the dog was the first title that came to mind when I saw this beautiful photo. It stems from the 1930s I think. It has this incredible art deco feel about it. However, this was not the first thing that struck me. It was the little dog lingering about her shoulder blades. It was some time ago I did my last pareidolia drawing so it was time to do another one. Last one was my graphite pencil drawing ‘The Venus of The Hague – 09-07-21’ by the way.


In the drawing I kept the lower part lighter than the top section. I felt I had to put the stress there. Beside that, I like these soft gradients from dark to light. It also contasts the abrupt tonal value shifts from the arms to the dark negative space around them quite nicely. Another reason for these gradients was the possibility to embed the female figure into the negative space. This way her contour delineations are cancelled in the mid section, giving full attention to the german shepherd puppy.

Dog’s Breed

The dog’s breed was not evident at first sight though. The black spot in his belly directly to the right of her spine came as a natural association. The black snout was all the more reason to turn it into a german shepherd. A striking feature might be the tail. It is a bit fluffy for such a dog. Evidentially I could not narrow the section of her deltoid muscle too much.

One Aninal Only

Unlike the aforesaid drawing I tucked in a single animal. I saw some more. There was another puppy and a head of an owl for that matter. Somehow I thought only a single animal was enough to get the best of both worlds: art deco chiaroscuro lighting with a mild surrealist touch. Wufff!

Graphite pencil drawing (Sakura 0.5 mm, 4B) on Talens Bristol paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm) – A4 format)

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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