A drawing combining the features of a hen with the features of a teapot.
Foundations, 11”X14”, Graphite in Sketchbook, Graphite on Bristol Board
This project required me to combine the features of an inanimate object, and a living creature. For this project, I combined a teapot and a hen. To accomplish this project effectively, I first was required to understand the two things I was combining as separate entities. First I Looked at a teapot and drew nine different drawings to understand exactly how it was constructed, and how to draw it effectively. Next, I looked at a hen and drew a series of drawings from every angle to understand exactly how to draw one. The next step was combining the two objects. I decided to use the body of the teapot for the body of the hen, and applied a feather texture. Next I decided to use the spout of the teapot for the hen’s neck and head. Once I made a few rough drawings of this in my sketchbook, I began to think up an interesting composition. I felt it to be interesting to depict a scene at the dinner table where a teakettle might appear in real life. I brought several other objects to life and included them in the piece to make for a more interesting composition. These creatures include: a teacup chicklett, a milk carton cow, a salt shaker sheep, and a pepper shaker pig. I applied depth to the piece by utilizing elements of atmospheric perspective.
I am truly proud of this piece and it has showed me what I can really do when I dedicate myself to an art piece. Going into the semester I didn’t have the slightest idea how to draw, or compose art. This was the final project for the semester and it truly shows all that I have learned throughout the year so far. This drawing shows how much I was taught by my professors and shows the potential that I have if I apply myself. This project in particular taught me a lot about shading, texture, atmospheric perspective, and form. Without these elements I surely would not have been able to put this piece together the way that I did. This project has taught me a lot and I intend on using all of the things I’ve learned from this project, and throughout the course of the year to make bigger and better art in the future.