A Granddad Sometimes a portrait commission comes along. This time it was the commissioneer’s opa (grandfather). Usually I am reluctant in accepting such assignments but this one was fun to do. The lighting was beautiful: full of midtones so I could study the skin folds thoroughly. Realistic Obviously the aim is get the ressemblance right. That is why the request came to go for a portrait in the realistic style. Since I made a lot of free work in the recent past in both the surrealist and cubist style, realism for a change was an okay deal to me. Besides that, to study the older skin and the effects of age on the human face came as a gift. Hatched Strokes In fact it must have been quite some time ago I did realistic drawing in my hatched strokes style. The last one in this fashion must have been ‘Bedside Moonlighting – 31-08-20’. I cannot remember I did such a big one as a portrait in the same style though. Elaborate as it may seem it was not a very difficult project altogether. These hatched strokes easily lend themselves for depicting subtle shifts in skin tones and forms like dimples and folds. Not Too Dark Unfortunately the portrayed opa was no longer available for a thorough study in real life. The reference picture was a little bit too hefty in the dark regions. For the sake and purpose of portraiture I kept a lot of the dark stuff in the tonal mid sections. This way the focus stays on reading the character from the facial features. After all, that is the main joy for those who survive the person portrayed. Graphite pencil drawing (Pentel 0.5 mm, 3B & Conté graphite pencil 4B) on Canson Bristol paper (29.7 x 42 x 0.1 cm – A3 format) Artist: Corné Akkers
Opa – 14-04-21 (Sold) was created by artist Corne Akkers in 2021. This art piece , which is part of the Drawings - Corne Akkers portfolio, is a Drawings / Sketch artwork. The style of this artwork is best described as Fine Art, Impressionism, Realism. The genre portrayed in this piece of art is Anatomy, Figurative, Inspirational, People, Portrait. The artwork was created in Pencil. The size of the original art is 42 (cms) H x 30 (cms) W.
Words which artist Corne Akkers feels best describe this work of art are: akkers, finearts, corne, drawing, drawings, thehague, portrait, portraiture dutch, graphite, grafiet, potlood, dessin, zeichnung, potlood, pencil, crayon, bleistift, hatching, netherlands, paper, dutch, landscape, art, arts, arte, arta, artista, artiste, artist, artistic, realism, realisme, realistic, figurative, seni, sanat, kunst, kunstzinnig, impressionism, impressionisme, impressionist انطباعية#, 印象派, ιμπρεσιονισμός, 印象主義, импрессионизм, سبک هنریامپرسیونیسم, impresszionizmus, impresionismo, realiste, realist.
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.