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This colored pencil drawing depicts the Herengracht in Leiden, Netherlands. The canal with its beautiful houses for the rich stands out in its grandeur compared to other minor ones. The drawing
was commissioned by the same collector who bought ‘ Schiedam – 09-10-21 ’. It therefor is executed in the same style. Furthermore, Leiden is well-reknowed for its little canals and back alleys. Not catering foreign tourists as much as Amsterdam it mostly retained its original character . Is more intimate and offers some great museums as well.
Foliage or Not?
The aim was to put the focus on the houses in the centre of the drawing. As to these, there was a difficult consideriation to make. Depicting the foliage in full would block the view of the houses and their specifics quite a bit. The initial thought therefor was to do a winter scene. After a first attempt I was not satisfied with the result though. It looked too clean and I missed an organic look, counterbalancing all things straight and man made. The thing is that I always was fond of seeking out such contrasts. You can see them in my graphite pencil drawing ‘ Schoonhoven 22-02-16’ . Consequently the choice was made to depict both trees in leaf but skip some branches and reducing the density of the foliage a bit.
Another request was to depict the Lourisbrug at the left. There was a risk that it would draw too much attention but I think I got away with it. Beware of the tonal difference between the quay and its shadow and the highlighted area in the middle. It draws the attention towards the midsection quick enough. The saturated greens of the trees are striking as well. By their subtle cast shadows on the houses the stress is put on the latter eventually. For the same reason the alley ( Groenesteeg ) at the left is worked out less from a tonal point of view. It shows quite some details though. Last but not least, I kept the sky as simple as possible. The result is that stronger blues contrast less saturated colors in the architecture and water. Such takes care for a nice balance between them.
Colored pencil drawing on Talens Mixed Toned Color paper (21 x 29.5 x 0.1 cm) - A4 format)
Artist: Corné Akkers
About Corne Akkers
My work can be seen in many countries all over the world. I employ a variety of styles that all have one thing in common: the ever search for the light on phenomena and all the shadows and light planes they block in. My favorites in doing so are oil paint, dry pastel and graphite pencil. It is not the form or the theme that counts but the way planes of certain tonal quality vary and block in the lights. Colours are relatively unimportant and can take on whatever scheme. It is the tonal quality that is ever present in my work, creating the illusion of depth and mass on a flat 2d-plane. I combine figurative work with the search for abstraction because neither in extremo can provide the desired art statement the public expects from an artist. Besides all that, exaggeration and deviation is the standard and results in a typical use of a strong colour scheme and a hugh tonal bandwith, in order to create art that, when the canvas or paper would be torn into pieces, in essence still would be recognizable.
I teach art (drawing / painting) at Voorburg, Netherlands where I have my second studio next to my first at The Hague, Netherlands, where I live.