Redraw of Albert Gleizes Sketch of Jacques Nayral

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Redraw of Albert Gleizes Sketch of Jacques Nayral
Medium: A4 Paper Pencil, H, HB, B, B2

This is an image of Albert Gleizes brother in law which he has drawn. Albert Gleizes (8 December 1881 – 23 June 1953) was a French artist, theoretician, philosopher, a self-proclaimed founder of Cubism and an influence on the School of Paris. He and Jean Metzinger wrote the first major treatise on Cubism. Albert spends four years in New York and played an important role in making America aware of modern art. He was the founder and participant in the Abbaye de Créteil.

The Abbaye de Créteil was a utopian ( is an imagined community or society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens. The opposite of a utopia is a dystopia) artistic and literary community founded during the month of October 1906. Créteil Abbey named after a gathering place in a suburb of Paris. The Abbaye de Créteil community lasted only two years – ending in February of 1908. The group was inspired by the French Renaissance writer Francois Rabelais, who had written about a self-supporting commune in a monastery called the Abbaye de Thelema that had championed group labor and intellectual self-improvement.

Albert Gleizes was born and raised in Paris. He began to paint self-taught around 1901 in the impressionist tradition. Albert Gleizes was directly involved with Cubism, both as an artist and principal theorist of the movement. In Gleizes’ paintings of the crucial year of 1910, writes Daniel Robbins, “we see the artist’s volumetric approach to Cubism and his successful union of a broad field of vision with a flat picture plane.”

In 1911 Gleizes exhibited his Portrait de Jacques Nayral. This portrait painting was described as Gleizes’ first major Cubist work. Jacques Nayral was a young modernist poet, dramatist, publisher, and occasional sports writer. He was a friend of Gleizes and married his sister Mireille in 1912. Gleizes began working on his portrait in 1910. He was delighted to paint a portrait of Nayral because his face corresponded well to the solid, faceted, architectural qualities he had sought. Nyaral was killed in action in December 1914, at the age of thirty-five, in an attack on a German trench near Arras.

Source:
https://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/a/abbaye-de-creteil
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portrait_of_Jacques_Nayral
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbaye_de_Cr%C3%A9teil

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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Redraw of Nicolai Fechin | Miguel Catalan

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Redraw of Nicolai Fechin | Miguel Catalan
Medium: A4 Paper Pencil HB, B2

Nicolai Fechin was a Russian-American painter known for his portraits and works featuring Native Americans. In 1910 he exhibited his first work in the United States at an international exhibition. He immigrates to New York in 1923 and working there for a few years.

He became well known for his powerful portraits, which observers said seem to radiate (energy, especially light or heat) from the eyes of the subject.

Source:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolai_Fechin

Redraw of Lucian Freud- Head of an Irishman

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Redraw of Lucian Freud- Head of an Irishman
Medium: A4 Paper, HB and B3

Lucian Freud was a British painter (8 December 1922, Berlin, Germany – 20 July 2011, London, United Kingdom) and draughtsman, specializing in figurative art, and is known as one of the foremost 20th-century portraitists. His father was a Jewish architect Ernest L. Freud.

His early career was influenced by surrealism but in the early 1950s, is often stark and alienated paintings tended towards realism. Most of the paintings he made were about friends and family. His paintings were generally somber and thickly impastoed.

(Impasto is a technique used in paintings, where the paint is on an area of the surface in very thick layers, usually thick enough that the brush or painting-knife strokes are visible. Paint can also be mixed right on the canvas. When dry, impasto provides texture; the paint appears to be coming out of the canvas.

The purpose:

It serves as several purposes. First, it makes the light reflect in a particular way, giving the artist additional control over the play of light in the painting. Secondly, it can add expressiveness to the painting, with the viewer being able to notice the strength and speed by which the artist applied the paint. Third, impasto can push a piece from painting to three-dimensional sculptural rendering. This represents folds in clothes or jewels. Vincent van Gogh used it frequently for aesthetics and expression.

Impasto gives texture to the painting, meaning it can be opposed to more flat, smooth, or blended painting styles. )

Freud often set it in unsteeling interiors and urban landscapes.

In the 1950’s he began to focus on portraiture, often nudes (though his first full-length nude was not painted until 1966).

He normally cleans his brush after each stroke when painting flesh, so that the color remained constantly variable.

Freud’s practice was to begin a painting by first drawing in charcoal on the canvas He then applied paint to a small area of the canvas, and gradually worked outward from the point. For a new sitter, he normally started with the head as a means of “getting to know” the person, then paint the rest of the figure, eventually returning to the head as his comprehension of the model deepened.

“Benefits Supervisor” in the title of the painting,[29] as in his 1995 portrait Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, which in May 2008 was sold by Christie’s in New York for $33.6 million, setting a world record auction price for a living artist.

What do I think of my sketch of Fraud which I redraw?

I am happy with him except the right-hand side-eyes is not for me totally correct. I like the dark lines. The mouth works for me but I think it needs more attention. His mouth was very difficult to redraw.

In my opinion, it looks like a real artwork.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucian_Freud
https://www.phillips.com/detail/lucian-freud/UK030315/19

Redraw of self-portrait of Clyfford Still

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Redraw of self-portrait of Clyfford Still
Medium: A4 Paper Pencil HB, 4B

Clyfford Still (November 30, 1904 – June 23, 1980) was an American painter, and one of the leading figures in the first generation of Abstract Expressionists He develop a powerful approach to painting in the years following World War II. Still has been credited with laying the groundwork for the movement, as he shifts from representational (relating to or denoting art which aims to depict the physical appearance of things. “the abstract and representational elements in the same picture”) to abstract painting occurred between 1938 and 1942.

So what do I think about my own sketch which I redraw from Still? II used an HB and B4 to draw and actually I think II should take a B2 or B3 to do my drawing.

I like the face but feel and the hair, the background is a bit skimpy and II feel it could have more detail. Ii personally thinks it took him about 20 min to draw it if it was so long.

Wednesday Thought – Make Someone Happy Today

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Wednesday Thought – Make Someone Happy Today
Medium: A4 Paper and Ink

Is it just another day to go to work? Or is it a day you are going to stand up and make the world a better place for someone special?

Think who can you make someone happy today.