Redraw of Willy Jaeckel Self Portrait

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Redraw of Willy Jaeckel Self Portrait
Medium: A4 Paper Pencil, H, HB, H2

Today I relax a bit and redraw a German Expressionist Willy Jaeckel (1888-1944), Selbstbildness / Self-Portrait. Original etching, c. 1921. Image size: 205x157mm.

So today I looked at expressionism and I find this etching images of expressionism to help me understand what it is really all about. I was looking for a face to draw to improve my skills.

So expressionism is a modernist movement, initially in poetry and painting, originating in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. Its typical trait is to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas and not a physical reality.

Expressionist was a sense as early as 1850, its origin is sometimes traced to paintings exhibited in 1901 in Paris by the artist Julien-Auguste Herve, which he called Expressioinismes. The term expressionism firmly established itself in 1913.

Expressionism refers to art in which the image of reality is distorted in order to make it expressive of the artist’s inner feelings or ideas. Expressionist art tends to be emotional and sometimes mystical. It can also be seen as Romanticism.

When the Nazis took control, after which the works went underground. In the times of the Nazis, art must support the ideals of Nazism. Modern art was called degenerate art and a total of some 15 550 works were being removed.

Sources:
http://www.spaightwoodgalleries.com/Pages/Exhibitions_German_Exp.html
https://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/e/expressionism
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expressionism

Man Watching

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Man Watching
Medium: A4 Paper Pencil H, HB

Man watching is a sketch I did from a photo that I got from the net, I started late last night with it and just finished it.

It is not one of the best sketches in my opinion but I think I got the idea right. I have to study up and look at the sketch is it is realistic? I think so yes. That is my goal to go and work to a more realistic kind of paintings, for now, ketches. Till I feel I got it 100% under the knee then I will start with paint.

Movie watched: Submergence, Drama 2017, English,
Wim Wenders, Alicia Vikander, James McAvoy, Celyn Jones

Redraw of Florian Nicolle Pencil Sketch

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Redraw of Florian Nicolle Pencil Sketch
Medium: A4 Paper Pencil, H, HB, B, B2

Nicolle is a Freelance graphic designer who is also a Frenchman based in Caen, France, who creates logos, graphic charters, flyers or illustrations.

He published a series of pencil portraits transposing with realism ( is the accuracy of expression or detail in objects. It is drawn in photographic precision. Realism in the sense is also called naturalism, mimesis or illusionism.) and virtuosity (a great technical skill in the art.)the spontaneity of the first strokes. The outlines of the faces appear discretely and the tones vary cunningly from white to black in order to reproduce the effect of lights and the textures.

So what do I think about my own work?

I draw about three and a half hours on this sketch and it was very difficult, I actually got frustrated. The tones he uses is difficult, it is from what, then greys, and then blacks. The balance of the sketch was difficult, the eyes are stronger drawn than the mouth. To get that balance correct was difficult and I don’t think I really succeed in that. Florian has good skills and I think his work is wonderful.

Source:
http://www.fubiz.net/en/2016/06/02/spontaneous-and-realistic-black-and-white-pencil-portraits/

Self Portrait 2020 March

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Self Portrait 2020 March
Medium: A4 Paper, Pencil HB, B2

This is a self-portrait of my self. I took this picture one morning early in 2018. I remember I did not sleep that night.

So a little about me, I matriculated at Erasmus High School in Bronkhorstspruit in Gauteng. I left and work as a clerk at the Department of Education and Training. This was in the apartheid time, the black people had their own school department. After that, I went to the army and went to study teaching. My main subject was art.

So what do I think about my work?

The left-hand side looks a bit out of the portion. I struggle with my nose but I think the eyes are ok, but also there can be more work spending. I personally feel I am not ready to do portraits for people. This is my thought to draw people at the end and paint them. Practice practice is the keyword.

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