The Two Headed Dragon: Temptation (First Draft)

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Alexis Shepard

This is an idea I've been toying with for a while. This was my first articulation of it. I'm planning on redoing this. I want to rearrange the composition, do it larger and probably in color. For now until I find a moment to do so (which probably won't happen until Winter Break), this is it. Done in graphite in my sketchbook. The dimensions are 11in. X 14in. Basically, the idea here is that temptation is something that we all have to deal with and most of the time is a double-edged sword (hence the fact that the dragon is a two-headed beast--I plan to make this a bit more clear in the redraw). I came up with the composition while contemplating a relationship I was in at the time. Essentially, it's mostly a Christian theme (hence the cross around her neck)and, on a personal level, it has to do with premarital sex. The symbols of course go back to the time of the Garden of Eden (but I honestly didn't notice the fact that the symbols were the same until later because when I drew it, it was me--a nonrepresentational version, of course). Perhaps this is nothing more than a rethinking of that whole situation with Eve and the Serpent. The jester handpuppet was my 'boyfriend' at the time, but it could be anyone or anything really (and don't ask me how the dragon managed to fit his massive claws into that tiny little puppet). The point is, Temptation is always there. We can choose to ignore it or to give in to it, but it will always be there mocking us. If we decide to give in to Temptation, most of the time, Temptation is right there ready to snatch your head off. This piece was too big for my scanner. I had to scan it in in four pieces and then attempt to piece them together. I think I could have done a better job, but it's a very time-consuming process and time is something that's hard to come by around here at art school. (I promise I'll do better with my rearticulation of the composition.)***Somewhat ancient history.  This was posted in Fall of 2004.


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