Sunday, February 26, 2006


I wanted to try something different for Illustration Friday this week so, while surfing aimlessly looking for teapot inspiration, I decided to try this. I chose five teapots of varying styles and printed them. Then, with pens and coloured pencils 'customized' each one. Then I scanned the results and manipulated them in Photoshop. Finally, I created this mosaic using Flickr toys.

One of these teapots is a 'Nazi teapot' made by Rosenthal. Guess which one (answer in the comments).


Blogger andrea said...

The white teapot is the Rosenthal Nazi teapot.

26/2/06 7:53 a.m.  
Blogger carla said...

Yikes! (about the Nazi teapot) This is cool...and it is not really too far from your work in terms of concept. It shows rhythm and pattern and texture as well as a nice balance of cool and warm tones. hat's especially neat is that each little tile would make a nice composition on its own.

BTW, I never commented on your last two posts even though I've stopped by to look. The pink photo looks very sweet, and I adore that black and white trees. You've done some very, very cool stuff with the negative spaces. I think this is my favorite so far of your light on dark drawings. It's gorgeous!

26/2/06 8:04 a.m.  
Blogger Janet said...

I like this, too...and your "pink" below looks like a neat place to visit!

26/2/06 8:24 a.m.  
Blogger Nan said...

As usual, you are so inspiring! I love how you've pulled together these (stand alone, as Carla says) teapots and made them into a single composition.

26/2/06 8:38 a.m.  
Blogger Suzan said...

Great composition. Excellent idea.

26/2/06 8:44 a.m.  
Blogger Roz Foster said...

Super collection. I love the way teapots looks all gathered together in different shapes and sizes and designs. We have a bookcase in our apartment dedicated to Asian tea pots and cups. Your image reminds me of it. Very nice.

26/2/06 9:07 a.m.  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

Fascinating the many styles of tea pot, you put so much thought into your compositions, this is a lovely and thought provoking illustration.

26/2/06 9:29 a.m.  
Blogger The Tart said...

Very SMALL world, we have 2 of these pots at home.
Used the one with the filter today.

Love this, so much tea, love all the originals on Flickr!
Your self portraits are cool...saw them yesterday.

Your Tart (part-time broad)

26/2/06 11:11 a.m.  
Blogger Joe said...

I say that's prety neat! have a good week !

26/2/06 11:28 a.m.  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

I've often wondered how people make those just saved me a bunch of time looking around. Thanks for the information...and I like how you use these tools. Cool stuff, Andrea.

26/2/06 11:35 a.m.  
Blogger Marie-Dom said...

great idea.

26/2/06 11:54 a.m.  
Blogger kyknoord said...

I love the 'almost pattern' in the mosaic. It drives the AR element in me absolutely nuts. Incidentally, I can't stop humming I'm a little teapot now. Thanks a whole bunch.

26/2/06 1:10 p.m.  
Blogger Anonymous said...

The white teapot looks round, welcoming, cute - would never have guessed. I like your array of teapots! Do hope there is plenty of tea ...

26/2/06 1:16 p.m.  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

i like this so much! it is so interesting the way you put this together, the blue one really looks like you and the textures and colours work together so well. I like the pattern and placement!!!

26/2/06 2:09 p.m.  
Anonymous Detlef said...

Tea for two...or 3 or 4 or 25 as the case maybe. This is teetering on sensory overload, but falls just short of that. Te(A)riffic

26/2/06 4:17 p.m.  
Blogger Wilnara said...

I agree with anonymous on this one- I would have guessed the purple tea pot as being a nazi pot. But, I love the entire composition seeing the various styles of pots was a great concept. Especially how you gave each style it's own new life in the entire piece.

26/2/06 4:51 p.m.  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

Me too I would have guess the purple one.... Strange. Your mosaic is beautiful, Andrea!

26/2/06 6:32 p.m.  
Blogger The Unknown said...

I guessed purple too. Damn tricky Nazi's.

26/2/06 11:17 p.m.  
Blogger ChittyChittyBangBang! said...

Nice mosaic, Andrea. Will we be invited for tea anytime soon?
I guessed the purple one... the white never seemed like an option to me. Strange how I made the connection to Nazi and immediately went for the most "malicious"-looking teapot.

26/2/06 11:31 p.m.  
Blogger Mick said...

I collect teapots and the idea of photographing them and arranging them as you've done never occurred to me. Darn the luck! Great graphic, Andrea!

27/2/06 5:32 a.m.  
Blogger kate said...

I think you should print and frame it! You could even sell prints! It is fabulous!!! ty

27/2/06 7:09 a.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

I can see you've been going potty... you certainly have rhythm here and a great set of colours.

27/2/06 9:27 a.m.  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Great pots! Cool composition. Thanks for letting us in on the the whole process of the creation. Great knowledge of the right tools for the right manips. You really have wonderful color and design sensibilities, but then, you've undoubtedly heard that more than once.
Oh, and I guessed wrong on the Nazi pot. Thought it was the more utilitarian steel blue one.

27/2/06 12:26 p.m.  
Blogger Lily and Lucy White said...

I liked the way you work! Have your cake and, ops, have your tea and drink it, too!
Completely surprised white teapot is “it”… Purple pot is my favorite. I have one in white, now I wish for purple…Lily.

27/2/06 2:16 p.m.  
Blogger kan said...

i pick the brown tea pot for the Nazi pot.
but i have no idea?

that pot also goes well with my post/spoons!
neat post

27/2/06 6:26 p.m.  
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27/2/06 6:29 p.m.  
Blogger Calvin said...

Hmmm I think it's the one that's brimming over with hate.

27/2/06 7:10 p.m.  
Blogger The Whippy Curly Tails said...

Well, I looked at the answer first, but I would have guessed the red one. Not sure why it just stood out.

Love them all. I have the bodem one! Great idea. Your flickr is fun to visit also.

Thanks for all the nice comments, always glad to see you have stopped by.

27/2/06 8:46 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great teapots Andrea!

28/2/06 10:22 a.m.  
Blogger Toni said...

I finally made it over here! the purple one is my favorite.
For me it's the color. But for shape it's the white one. figures it was the Nazi one. the whole composition and idea looks great. flickr toys huh I'll have to check it out.

28/2/06 11:53 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andrea, I never knew there was such a thing as a Nazi tea pot. Do you collect tea pots? I have three that I love. One was given to me by my MNL (mother-in-law). There was a tradition in her family that when a young woman got engaged all the women on both sides of the family would send a teacup and saucer. She has a huge collection on display in her dining room. I've often wondered if she ever used them for a great big tea party? That's what I'd do.

Perhaps the "way of tea", a Japanese zen concept, will unite us and save the world some day.

Incidentally, I have a pattern for making tea cozies. Every tea pot deserves a cozy.

1/3/06 4:12 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

I don't collect teapots, Teri, though I have a fledgling collection of Royal Albert teacups I inherited when my mother-in-law died!

1/3/06 9:59 a.m.  
Blogger tiffinix said...

This is so wonderful one of my favorites for this theme! Very cool!

9/3/06 8:46 a.m.  
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