DailyDragon2019

Daily Dragons of June Day 2

The Serpent wraps around her neck and whispers in her ear, “You Deserve More.”

So, the theme of Day 2 of the Daily Dragons of June is “Fruit.” I didn’t have a particular idea in mind when I chose the theme, but as I was falling asleep last night, I was reminded of this uncanny coincidence that happened in my life last year.

When I was living in Italy, I was painting this:

I wasn’t influenced by anything, it was just an image that kind of came to me. When I got back home, my mother and I were having a conversation, and she was telling me how a few months prior, she was thinking about a friend who was getting married and kept getting deeper and deeper into debt adding on things to her wedding that weren’t really necessary. As my mother was falling asleep, these words came to her mind: “The Serpent wraps around her neck and whispers in her ear, “You deserve more.'”

Now, I didn’t tell her about the painting I was doing. I didn’t send her any pictures (because at the time it was very unfinished), and it wasn’t even on any social media. She didn’t even mention that anecdote to me until months later when I got back home. It was almost disturbing how we were on different sides of the world and essentially thinking the exact same thing at the same time.

I took this to mean that this is something very important. Kind of like how Eve couldn’t be content with the good things she had, she became convinced that she deserved more even if it meant death. At the same time, we seem to lack the ability to be content with what we have in love, we keep driving ourselves to misery just seeking more and more.

That’s what was on my mind morning. Oftentimes, it’s much more than “it would be nice if things were different,” but this idea that we deserve more than what we have now.

Also joining me in this challenge is the artist @art.foliage with this fun picture of a dragon squashing tomatoes! Please click the link to see more of art.foliage’s art on Instagram!

If you’re an artist and would like to do this challenge, here are the prompts below, be sure to put #DailyDragon so that I can find you and maybe feature you on here!

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Art Challenge: Lips!

Here’s a question specifically for the wonderful artists who are currently reading this. Yeah, you. You’re wonderful. I generally don’t get along with other artists, so I’m very grateful for the fact that you’re here right now.

Have you ever had something that came up in your work a lot that you could not get right no matter how hard you tried? Worse yet, you might not have been aware that you were struggling until recently!

For me, it used to be eyes. Now, it’s lips.

Here are some of my best portrait paintings I’ve made in the last year. I guess the lips aren’t terrible, but I definitely could be doing better:

artichoke dip
These aren’t lips. This is actually artichoke dip I made this morning. It turned out wonderful, and I just wanted an excuse to put it on the internet.

So. For the next month, I’m going to focus on improving the way I paint and draw lips. That means watching videos, looking at tutorials, and just in generally trying to improve. I’ll be posting my progress on Instagram every week or so.

Here’s some videos I’ll be studying:

In addition, I will be studying the portrait section of Vanderpoel’s book, The Human Figure.

Now. I have yet to do a 30 day art challenge successfully. As such, I’m going to aim to only do a 3 day challenge. Starting tomorrow. To see if it’s still plausible.

If you want to join me on this journey, Here’s what I’m planning to do:

*30 Day Lips Drawing/Painting Challenge!!*

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Day 1: Paint a pair of lips

Day 2: Draw the whole portrait in terms of proportions, using a simple guide. With most detail on the lips.

Day 3: Skull Teeth

Day 4: Break Day (no drawing)

Day 5: Lips in in congruence with muscles. (Anatomy drawings would be good for this)

Day 6: Lips in Various expressions

Day 7: Study Lips from Vanderpoel book.

Day 8: Lips from Old Master Paintings

Day 9: Child’s lips

Day 10: Woman’s Lips

Day 11: Man’s Lips

Day 12: Elderly lips

Day 13: Lips in Various expressions again

Day 14: Self portrait lips

Day 15: Find a live model and draw their lips from life.

Day 16: Draw lips using colored pencils

—The second half of the challenge is dedicated entirely to oil painting

Day 17: Break Day (no drawing/painting)

Day 18: Paint lips from imagination now that you’ve spent half the month drawing them

Day 19: Lips from Old Master Paintings

Day 20: Child’s lips

Day 21: Woman’s Lips

Day 22: Man’s Lips

Day 23: Elderly lips

Day 24: Lips in Various expressions

Day 25: Break Day!

Day 26: Self portrait lips

Day 27: Paint from imagination

Day 28: Lips with unique colored lipstick (ie, sunset gradients, glitter looking like stars, etc)

Day 29: Repaint a pair of lips from a previous portrait painting you’ve done in the past.

Day 30: Paint a pair of lips from imagination… with the additional training!

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