THE PRISTINE COUPLE by Cynthia Lott Vogel
The figurative painting or drawing, especially painting the natural beauty of females and males, is an individual branch of art on its own. In figurative painting the well-adjusted depiction of contours of human body is as very much important. It is as essential as the concept of ‘light effect’ is in 'still life' painting. The work of an artist is not as easy as it is seen. Nor it is easy to direct the viewers’ eyes or create energy in a pencil drawing just by shaping some lines. This pencil drawing is one of the marvellous drawings I have seen. It is not a preparatory drawing for a final painting; it is a final artwork in itself.
In this drawing, by varying pressure on pencil, the artist has put up one of the best examples of line drawing. Look at the hands of the Lady sleeping with grace. The delicacy flows from her fingers, drop by drop, making the drawing such a lively one. Correct proportions of limbs of the unclothed woman and man make this drawing an eye-catching one. The balance maintained in drawing the lines and executing the shading had made whole drawing a good piece of art.
While talking about this drawing I had asked the artist about what was in her mind while drawing such a wonderful piece of art. She said that once she was ill and bed-ridden. During this time she imagined that an angel had come to her, as if to take her out of the illness. The man depicted in the drawing represents an image of the angel the artist had visualised. And the subtle smile on the face of the male figure here says nothing less than that he is an angel for a person suffering from illness. Look at the manner he has taken the lady’s hand in his hand, the gentle and caring grip of his hand on the woman’s hand. The artist has tried here depicting that the angel would not allow the woman to be in a state of illness for long. He will take her out. (*The drawing is put here with express permission from the artist Ms. Cynthia Lott Vogel. [ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE WITH THE ARTIST]
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