AP Studio Art Gallery
Ratthamnoon Prakitpong has the rare and extraordinary accomplishment of being one out of sixteen students worldwide to achieve a score of 100% on his 2015 Studio Art Drawing Portfolio. Ratthamnoon was rewarded every point possible on each section of his portfolio submission. His artwork and process is the basis for the article AP Studio Art Drawing: tips from a student who gained 100% on the website Student Art Guide.
Observing the culture around me, I noticed gender roles are still very prevalent in the world. Frustrated about these roles hindering both genders and already a hobbyist cook, I wanted to break a cultural set-back by cooking and exploring the kitchen more. In this series of self-portraits, I explored point of view, perspective, and superimposition.
I wanted to show the most fun and unique cook-looks possible ranging from taking out supplies, to prepping, to actually cooking. I experimented with many points of view to do this, including bird’s eye (#3-cupboard), worm’s eye (#7-fridge), and frame within a frame (#8-oven). Along the way I used perspective techniques like foreshortening (#12-eggs). To get these views I used a selfie stick, then superimposed objects like a spoon in place of it (#10-noodles and #12-egg), or took it out altogether then redrew a normal arm (#3-cupboard), (#7 -fridge), and (#9-pot).
Throughout this journey, my skills greatly improved. Using many new kitchen tools, I learned new art skills, like transparency with the salt grinder (#5), metals color and light effects on the orange juicer (#6) and the metal plate (#8-oven). Also, early on, the skin color (#1 -face reflection) and the face’s proportions (#2-mortar) were challenging. However as I progressed, my abilities to draw and paint a more realistic face improved. When I had more confidence in creating my face, I became more experimental, and added collage for texture (#8-oven and #10-noodle), and colour pencil with watercolour.
With these twelve compositions, not only have I explored the kitchen to my heart’s content, I also developed and learned a great deal about fine art.