T. Callies

AP Drawing/Painting Portfolio (Breadth)


AP Drawing/Painting Portfolio (Concentration)

What is the central idea of your concentration?

The central idea of my concentration is roadkill. It mixes an intense theme of death and gore with stimulating colors to create discord and harmony. Each animal is based off of a personal encounter rather it be from witnessing an animal getting killed on the road or seeing a corpse on a simple road trip – a common occurrence that not many think about. This was inspired by my experimentation with art in general. It was also to create using different techniques to make each piece unique.

How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea?

My Concentration was inspired by witnessing numerous animals being run over or abandoned on the side of the road from my travels. I researched places where roadkill was common and which animals were often struck. I also spent time studying and drawing each animal’s anatomy. The hardest part was drawing organs and the shape of them. The colors and shading were weird to work with, so in some pieces there’s more body fluid than bones and guts, such as work 3. I loved working with neon colors as it commands attention, and ironically, is looked down upon as being professional. Coupled by the inspiration of being different, the animals in my work are based on the ones I’ve seen. Having a reference that can be examined was very important due to the mangled mess and having to identify the animal’s features. For example, work 8 and 10 show rough strokes and an almost unrecognizable area of the animal to show it’s been run over and injured. Sometimes, the references I have are missing body parts or are just so messed up I can’t tell what they are. Work 10 represents this as the skunk is a flattened mess of fur with crimson stains. The backgrounds were simplified to keep the attention on the animal. Animals turned into roadkill look abstract – you see a small, furry animal on the road and that’s the first thing to stick out.

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