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Got Milk? by Damalia

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Here's something different from my gender illustration class. It's a commentary on Breastfeeding, or rather the opinion some women have of Breastfeeding. This strangeness comes from an article that we read for the assignment in which one woman says that her husband's expectation that she nurse their newborn makes her feel like a "pair of utters." I found it amusing, so I illustrated it.

Mature for obvious (if rather harmless) reasons.

Acrylic on board, 12x12"
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Zelendur Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

It's a womens business if they like breast feeding or not, and it totally shouldn't be treated like something gross in public. I mean, it's the most natural thing, we're mammals, so we should be allowed to feed our offspring like mammals. I mean, that's the main reason for breasts. They are simply two blobs of fat and stuff to produce milk to nurse our offsprings. it's just society who makes breats to something sexual and intimitade.


Fortunately most humans are able to choose if they want to breastfeed or rather feed their babys with a bottle of milk, so it's no big deal if a woman decides to not feed their baby this way.


I personally can't tell if I'd like to have a baby sucking on my nips or not, since I am already not very fond of the thought to ever reproduce. :"D but that's another topic (every woman should be allowed to freely choose on in our modern society since we're overpopulated anyway)


AS for the artistic side: Great work! I can't believe it's actually acrylic, the colours blend so smoothly and the placing of lightning and shadow is so perfect, it seemed like an digital piece to me. All the details (the wrinkled skin around the nipple for example) and the furry texture of the dots.. simply amazing. I wish I would actually at least get a little how acrylic painting works :"D You're bomb!

Jinxiwillow Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Well, I can definitely relate to this. When I had breastfed my children. It was like your a cow. Seriously, every two hours you were being milked until you could not stand up pretty much. The only thing that bothered me was that with society, people found it wrong to breastfeed in public. Why? Your covered with a towel? and your sustaining your childs life. Isn't this how wild animals feed their offspring? We watch tigers feed their cubs at zoos for hours, and think aww how cute. But when women breatfeed in public most think its gross and upsurd. Well, I think this should be on a huge poster board for many things...not just a pair of utters heehehe. other then that. The moral for your picture reasoning is perfect.
tayterfry Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
SnowyWolf171 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
Haha, this is how I feel! Ugh.
MajinNeda Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist
rerwe Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
OMFG IMMA GETIN HORNAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
p0rkytso Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
love the concept :) well done
Paddington-Owl Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I swear this is how most people perceive women. No offensive, but as a woman, breastfeeding is disgusting. :disbelief: Fantastic mate! :)
erikakochanski Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Professional Writer
:heart: This is a bit belated, but incase you didn't know, your amazing deviation has been featured in World Of Art - No. 15.
j0rosa Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:thumbsup: =D
JeremyBrotherton Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
Bravo! :)
Omnywrench Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
This brings up another interesting question: why do we drink cow milk, or goat milk, or whatever lactating beast you prefer to suckle from? We must be the only animals on earth that actively drink the milk of another species. I'm not saying it's wrong or anything; it's just odd.

I think Calvin and Hobbes said it right: "I think I'll drink whatever comes out of these little things when I squeeze 'em!"
ObloquyCondemed Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
What's even odder is the the majority of humanity is lactose intolerant, and the ability to drink milk (eat cheese etc...) is fairly modern, so why on Earth did anyone even think to try and how did it occur... Odd isn't it... Damn I hope it gets figured out...
Omnywrench Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
Well, we humans have a pretty stubborn digestive system. We'll eat anything.
ObloquyCondemed Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
I guess it must have occured in more desperate times, water not fit for human consumption perhaps, so they tried milk, and a few discovered they could stomach it.
Omnywrench Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
Somehow I imagine beer was discovered the same way.
ObloquyCondemed Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
Hahhah, if it wasn't it should have been XDD
Omnywrench Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
Seriously, beer is the oldest drink in the world. Have you ever sat down and wondered how it came about?
ObloquyCondemed Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
Occasionally, but I don't think I ever came to a conclusion. I should try to look it up and find out.
kennythereaver Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007
what is there to be said that hasnt alrdy been spoken. brillant. thats about all i got. texture and realizum is beautiful. very literual point of view and i an sure any women can agree. if i indeed ever have kids i will be more simpathetic towards my lover about this subjext souly because this piece of art. well done. never lose that indavidule frame of mind.
Leondrian Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007
Great piece.
bear48 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Professional
very good story telling
Catchxxii Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007
I don't see why there isn't any comments on this! I love how you took something you read and turned it into light heartedly funny picture. Very nicely done , and I'm sure thats how it feels!
P.S. I adore the cowbell , really brings everything together!
Catchxxii Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007
Nevermind , there is comments. REALLY stupid computer glitch! How embaressing. :XD:
DSil Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007  Student General Artist
Great shading on the bell, and I like the highlights on her skin right beneath it. This gender illustration class gives you some opportunities to produce mighty odd work. :)
purplerose Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007   Photographer
Hah, this pretty awesome. =)
tummyhurts Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
This is absolutely amazing. I love the concept. I've always struggled with understanding why some women/men find it so 'strange' to breastfeed. So, instead they give their children 'real milk'.

I find it strange that we would drink the milk of another animal, but not our own. That's so very odd.
Chica-X Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
That is an ingenious piece. Well done! :)
LadySerpent Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2007  Professional Artist
To get technical, I quite like the way you've done the texturing of the bell and collar. Especially the leathery texture on the strap and the metallic feel of the brass buckles.

For some reason, I can't help but feel that the background colour clashes with the feel of the rest of the picture. Everything of the character seems to be in natural and realistic tones, but the background just has the off-green feel of artificial paint or faded ice cream.

Perhaps it's more effective technically, portraying her indoors or in a more artificial light (women aren't generally cows, persay), but to my eye it seemed to clash artistically. Just a thought.

A very interesting concept. Your teachers must be impressed with your ingenuity, not to mention your skill, nai?

-Lady S.
Maxrunn Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
AvivaShywolf Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007

I think this made my day.
AncestralSpirit Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007
Strange but somehow it works, keep showing us your views.
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I was having a dicscussion about this idea with a friend of mine, who recently gave birth to a happy healthy baby. She says she went straight from feeling like her breasts were all being stared at because she's sexy, to being stared at like a food source. XD
Novawuff Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007  Professional General Artist
yeaaaaah when i first started breastfeeding i joked with my husband and said "just call me bessie.."

he thought it was funny :P

i mean, you DO feel like a milk cow sometimes but.. it's for a good cause :D
moonfeather Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007  Professional General Artist
I like how, to the point this is. how the body isn't a'perfect model' the areola are misshapen (as they can often be) and the lactating breast is slightly misshapen it has been 'used'. The mud give the effect of being a slave of sorts. And I just love cow bells ;)

Excellent take on the subject.
windfalcon Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't think it's mud - I think it might be 'cow spots.' Thus contributing to the vision of a cow :D
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