Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Ants and the Grasshopper

This semester, I'm taking 3 art classes: Advanced Ceramics, Advanced Printmaking, and Conceptual Drawing. For the last two, we've been told to pick a theme to work on throughout the semester, so I decided for Conceptual Drawing, I'm going to work my way through a series of Aesop's Fables. Our first assignment was to create an interesting shape that filled the page-- then to fill that shape. I decided I'd use "The Ants and the Grasshopper" for the first one.

So here's the story:
  In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content. 



An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.


  "Why not come and chat with me," said the Grasshopper, "instead of toiling and moiling in that way?"
   "I am helping to lay up food for the winter," said the Ant, "and recommend you to do the same."



"Why bother about winter?" said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present." But the Ant went
on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of
hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the
summer. Then the Grasshopper knew: It is thrifty to prepare for the wants of tomorrow.



And here is the overall piece:


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