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Viva la Pill by Damalia Viva la Pill by Damalia
Another piece from my gender illustration class. It's an affirmation of birth control as the glorious victory that it is. (!)

It's the goddess Nike (referenced from the statue Nike of Samothrace, and rendered art-nouveau style) holding aloft the small package of birth-control pills and braced by a wave of condoms. Yes, they are condoms. And yes, I am crazy, because I rendered them all.

Ink on bristol, 11x17"
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HeartbeatsnSteths91 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
How about viva la Essure or viva la tubl removal/ligation
Fromva Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Long live birth control! Viva la pill!
ShyniMoonStar Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. will you be colouring this one day?
iMAGGInary Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
this is hilarious! I love how you added such a matching head to the statue's body (: ... and such a clear style ^.^
Lokni Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Student General Artist
Gender illustration! Amazing:D
turtlelackie Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011   Writer
Unfortunately the pill is dangerous and is currently killing the environment, women and unborn children.
SailorUsagiChan Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Did you really just say it's killing unborn's made to prevent having children, how can it kill something that has been prevented? Unless you mean it's killing fetuses because a woman is taking it while already pregnant....even then it won't always kill the fetus, it can cause problems to the child once it's born. But yeah...
Lokni Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Student General Artist
The pill is not dangerous actually. The combined pill has a tiny link to breast cancer, but only to those who have a family history. The pill does not directly kill anyone. It does not harm the enviroment as it is merely hormone replacement/extra hormones. It does not kill unborn children, but prevents pregnancy, most women actually go on it for the first time to control and ease periods.
turtlelackie Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011   Writer

it is dangerous
Lokni Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Student General Artist
That is when the pill is taken DURING pregnancy or improperly. You are supposed to start the pill at the beginning of your cycle, then everyday after that. This prevents pregnancy. The pill is a very safe and trusted form of contraception which eases periods and prevents pregnancy. Any harse side affects are very rare. Forms similar to the pill i,e extra hormones are not new and have been around for many years. If you have concerns about the pill then I suggest the "mini pill" or progesterone only pill (POP) This does not contain oestrogen and is much safer and suitable to most women, it can even be taken during breastfeeding.
This is because large amounts of progesterone are produced during pregnancy, which maintains the endometrium, and as you know, pregnant women cannot get pregant again. This is completely natural and safe. It is also a very effective form of birth control. :D
turtlelackie Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011   Writer
It also happens during breakthrough ovulation, we need to ban the dangerous one
Lokni Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student General Artist
The combined pill is actually the most popular, but its effect depends on the women. As I said, any occurences such as this are very rare and the pill has to be taken properly first.
turtlelackie Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011   Writer
Even if taken properly, you can still have breakthrough ovulation, and a big part of it is that women arent being told about this, most women wouldn't take the risk. also the chemicals from the pill are affecting the fish population, it actually is causing the male fishes to grow female parts. Condoms are much better. they should make a vaginal ring that involves no chemicals so it would be like wearing a condom 24/7, then you wouldn't forget, and men couldn't choose to not wear one
Lokni Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student General Artist
As I said, breakthrough ovulation is very rare and does not always result in pregnancy. Only around 20% of eggs fertalised implant anyway, so it goes unknown to most women. I think this is starting to go more into the argument of abortion, which I wold like to avoid (being pro choice)
Chemicals only get into the enviroment due to women flushing them, not when they are consumed. Flushing pills is discouraged with all medicines as they damage the enviroment.
Condoms are not as trustworthy for preventing pregnancy as the pill (although should be used with the pill for safety) and most married couples will no longer use condomns. Vaginal rings are also not as effective, as well as more tedious and confusing, meaning more likely to not be used properly, particularly with the younger generation (this is why teens who do not use the pill are more likely to get pregnant, as condomns and other methods arent used properly by a large percentage). The vaginal ring also uses the very same hormones as the combined pill, making it no safer.
The pill gives effective contraception, but it does more than that; the pill helps regulate periods and hormones. Its for this reason that I opt for the pill, not for contraception.
alx123094 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
i had no idea they where condoms till i read the the notes
cemac Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
I have featured this amazing artwork in my journal 'New Features for April' [link]. If you wish it to be removed, please note me and I shall do so. :heart:
cemac Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
Very clever,iI'll drink to that :laughing:An original concept beautifully drawn with great patience as well as skill. :clap::winner::clap:
Faoiltiarna-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
This wonderful work is featured here: [link] !
Noxae Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
Ahahaha it's hilarious! Great job!
LadyVictoriaPHQ63 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
This is amazing. Do you have a colored version?
lngbl Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Student Digital Artist
great job! You render very well with makes me want to get better myself.
Celeb Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
Damn.... the amount of detail here is certainly impressive, and quite admirable when considering the condoms and their number! I'm sure those got tiresome after about...4. :D
Not only is this just a cool layout that really succeeds in drawing the eyes around, but the concept is definitely eye-and-mind-catching. A victory, indeed, over nature's wielding of life forces... concerning birth, at least... :paranoid:

Anyhoo, this is just really awesome. Great style, wonderful execution, and a pleasure to look at!
fuuka Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
that is just amazing
Lilith-kun Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
What's a gender illustration class about?
k1k0r0 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, I featured you in my Pills journal today :D
Bnspyrd Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
Fantastic design & layout! :love:
Heatherbeast Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
I think I would very much like to have been in this course of yours. Gender Illustration. That in of itself is thought provoking.

Serious kudos on this one.
Mythian Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007  Professional Writer
That's freakin' fantastic! I can see this, believe it or not, as a postage stamp or a poster at Planned Parenthood offices. Great work. Did you have to open up a load of condoms to get each one just right in the grouping of them all? They're all so different and realistic. Again, wonderful work here. Keep it up.
AviNony Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007  Student
Ahah I love this. Ditto Aluchan. You'd never think this was about pills and condoms until you looked twice. Beautifully done!
Lorrain Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful! I would favor it a hundret of times if I could!
mountainlaurelarts Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
love it. people really underestimate how much freedom birth control has given women in this day and age.
PhillipMoyez Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I just love it!
DSil Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007  Student General Artist
Wonderfully strange concept, strong graphic composition, and great detailed wrinkes on what I assume are condoms.
seifhyra Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
really nice concept, I love her expression of victory, she seems to think that she's got the nicest thing on earth! :giggle:
At first I thought: oh, Art Nouveau reinvented in a super orginal way!
and then i scrolled down and saw the condoms :XD: super hilarious, it looks to me that birds are throwing them!
Nice dynamism, and cool concept! ;)
StormdancerGryphon Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007   Writer
Great implimentation of a great concept! Beautifully done, and makes me grin, lots.
ToniPendragon Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I favorited this piece of yours not only beacuse it's beautfully rendered but also for the message it sends.

FetishMadHatter Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
beautiful composition, it express very well the theme!
lmai Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007
I have to admit, I am highly amused by this piece! Lovely work and very interesting composition ^.^
jaevairny Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
Love the juxtaposition of a modern political comment with a style that embraces traditional femininity. Awesome!
xmontrealx Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007
that's awesome. the pill kind of makes me crazy and has sent my periods haywire, and i don't even particularly need to use them 'cause i'm gay, but apparently it should all even out and i shouldn't be like, 'argh death!' after a while.

still very impressive, even though condoms upset me. (;
thornwolf Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007
I...I think I love you for this idea alone.

Damn woman, the cleverness abounds :)
intoxic-rin Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007
Damn thats good. :) :+favlove:
videmo Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007
It's... Beautifull, of course. But these pills and condoms look a bit weird in connection with art nouveau :D
eurudite Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
I love this!

Especially since she could have been in that pose...which would explain why she's missing her arms and face, maybe?

Lovely work!
mimi2-18 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
original... vraiment mais vraiment tres tres original lol!

love it... j'adore
Meowyiff Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007
haha, very art nouveau style, not so art nouveau subject matter.
OllieTeo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007
Holy crap... this is brilliant. You're brilliant. :o
AvivaShywolf Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007
this is really really cool :D I'd actually love to have that as a colored poster. I'd hang it over my bed :P
phlezk Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007
omfg lol
echaltraw Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the concept! Very original.
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