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Poet II Drawing

Axel Saffran


Drawing, Pastel on Paper

Size: 19.7 W x 25.6 H x 0 D in

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Portrait of American spoken word poet Amanda Gorman. Although naturalistic, the style of this piece is also more *expressive* than those of previous ones. Note the simmering rainbow of colours waiting to explode into fireworks as soon as she starts to express HERself. Her ear is almost devoid of any colour. It didn't feel natural to colour it in. Both her intellect and her handicaps informed the way this portrait was rendered. Pastel on pastel mat 65 x 50 cm (26”x 20”) -------------------------- The substrate is a heavy piece of flexible cardboard with a sanded surface, specifically designed to hold soft pastel. This is almost pure pigment rolled into little sticks, with only a minimal amount of binder. I don't spray my pastel drawings/paintings with fixative, as this will always affect the colours of the piece. Instead, the pastel is pressed into the grain, which makes it reasonably stable; the paper can be shaken and the pastel will stay on. Sudden shocks can however release the pastel. For shipping, the work will be attached to a rigid base layer and transported flat with another rigid layer pressed firmly on top. I recommend handing the sealed container to a professional framer, where you can choose a frame that suits both the artwork and your interior. This kind of work is usually displayed behind glass, which offers the most protection, but also introduces reflections. If you do choose glass, I strongly recommend investing in Clarity glass, which works wonders in terms of reflection, and claims to block almost all UV light. In that state, its colours will outlast those of any oil painting.

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Drawing:Pastel on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:19.7 W x 25.6 H x 0 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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