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Actress I Drawing

Axel Saffran


Drawing, Charcoal on Cardboard

Size: 11.8 W x 14.6 H x 1.2 D in

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Small portrait in soft pastel, pastel pencil and charcoal on hand toned pastel mat. It is based on a headshot of German actress Louise Befort. I try to keep my marks fairly minimal and have them express a maximum. Mark Twain once famously seems to have said: “I didn't have time to write you a short letter, so I wrote you a long one.” This piece is the pictorial result of painstakingly taking that time while drafting my interpretation of this portrait in as few marks as possible. It is one of my personal favorites. Actress Acrylic, soft pigment stick and charcoal on pastel mat 30 x 38 cm (12"x 15") frame size (4cm frame thickness) ------------------------------ This original drawing comes framed and ready to hang. It will be shipped without glass. It is possible to put glass in front of it. If you choose to have that done, I recommend Clarity glass AR99, which works wonders in terms of reflection, and protects against UV light. Alternatively, you can choose to hang the piece as is. That way it will remain vulnerable to direct touching. In a non-smoking environment, away from possible cooking fumes etc. and out of reach of children's hands, dog's tails and cat paws, it should be no problem displaying it like that, and it provides the most direct experience of the piece. Its physical vulnerability would in my opinion be an appropriate attribute, and add to the charm of the artwork.

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Drawing:Charcoal on Cardboard

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:11.8 W x 14.6 H x 1.2 D in

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I am a portrait / figurative artist working in charcoal, pastel, graphite and silver point. I draw portraits, plus sometimes vintage scenes based on antique photographs, re-imagined classical/mythological golden oldies, and some anthropomorphised forces of nature. My main focus is on Humans; I do have a bias toward the female form, and toward issues on a planetary scale. My approach to inspirational input is that of an omnivore, feeding in 360º on both 'high' and 'low' culture. My creative output has always been similarly divers in form. (i.e. sculptures in stone/metal/wood, paintings, murals, digital photo-based work) Only recently I have been able to narrow things down a bit. Over the last decade, I was forced to focus on one mode of expression (2D, digital), and a couple of years ago I returned full circle to the place where my creativity once sprouted... DRAWINGS Early 2020, I started drawing again, after not having done that for more than a decade, and not this seriously since my childhood/adolescence, when I hardly did anything else. I draw in a sparse yet naturalistic style, capturing many details but also adding layers dealing with realities of existence beyond the obviously visible. They are expressed in colour, direction, gesture, texture, juxtaposition of elements. My images are spiked with a promiscuous mix of style features, which often makes labeling them as such into a somewhat laughable exercise, merely justified by heightened findability. I guess what I make is usually called 'outsider art'. Facing the world as it is evolving, in my current situation, this is my natural response. I try to steer clear of explicit commentary, or attempts at 'activism', focussing instead on developing my draftmanship and chasing beauty in different ways. Still, behind all of my pieces there is also the incredulously curious alien, attempting to process present day reality on Earth while trying to stay sane. ------------------------------------------- In the decade preceding my current adventure as a late-blooming draftsman, my medium has been a Mac with Wacom tablet and much maligned but truly magnificent Photoshop. Plus a high end printer (commercial art printer for large formats) to get physical output. The output consisted of photomontages/manipulations. Scroll down for a couple of them that I left on the page.

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