༓☾The White Snake ☽༓//House of Tales

Hello~ It’s Lilith, and welcome to House of Tales. Today we will be looking at the story of “The White Snake.” I’m working on
a sketch to experiment with border designs and symmetry because I like
square formats quite a bit personally even though it’s not ideal most of the
time. I started with pencil, my go-to for confronting a blank picture even if most
of the details will be washed away later this will help me work out composition
and value so I don’t have to think too hard when I move on to ink and color. when that happens I tend to overwork the drawing, I think with my hands, and my
lines. because the drawing is so small, I
can’t work as precisely as I’d like. But, it allows me to complete the sketch in one sitting. if something takes too long, I lose motivation but I later realized
this was because I didn’t devote enough time on research and sketching out the
concept. throughout my foundation years at art school, I often cut corners and
skipped out on the sketching phases of a project, thinking I can just start on the
final and get it done sooner, but of course it never worked out that way. later on, I love sketching and researching so much more than the final,
my work became more and more fragmented, but I don’t mind it myself. I got a little off topic, so let us
returned to the story. I’m going to share an excerpt from a poem of the same
title, The White Snake, written by Anne Sexton from her book titled
“Transformations”. In an old time, there was a king as wise
as a dictionary. Each night at supper, a secret dish was brought to him, a secret
dish that kept him wise. His servant, who had won no roses before, thought to lift the lid one night and take a forbidden look. There sat a white snake. The servant thought, why not, and took a bite. it was a furtive weed, oiled and brooding and desireably slim. I have eaten the white snake! Not a whisker on it! he cried. Because of the white snake he heard the animals and all their voices speak. thus, the aura came over him. he was inside. he had walked into a
building with no exit. From all sides, the animals spoke up like puppets. A cold
sweat broke out on his upper lip for now he was wise. Because he was wise he found the Queen’s lost ring, diddling around in a duck’s belly and was thus rewarded with the
horse and a little cash for traveling. On his way, the fish in the weeds were
drowning on air, and he plunked them back in, and the fish covered him with promises. On his way, the army ants in the road pleaded for mercy
Step on us not! and he rode around them and the ants covered him with promises. On his way, the gallow birds asked for food so he killed his horse to give him lunch.
They sucked the blood up like whiskey and covered him with promises At the next town, the local princess was
having a contest. A common way for princesses to marry. 50 men had perished
gargling the sea like soup Still the servant was stage-struck. Nail me to the masthead if you will and make a dance all around me, Put on the gramophone and dance at my ankles. But the princess smiled like warm milk and merely dropped her ring into the sea. If he could not find it he would die, die
trapped in the sea machine. The fish, however, remembered and gave him the ring. But the princess, ever woman, said it wasn’t enough. She scattered ten bags of
grain in the yard and commanded him to pick them up by daybreak. The ants
remembered and carried them in like mailmen, the princess, ever eve, said it
wasn’t enough, and sent him out to find the apple of life. He set forth into the
forest for two years, where the monkeys jabbered, those trolls, with their wine-
colored underbellies. They did not make a pathway for him. The pheasants, those
archbishops, avoided him. And the turtles kept their expressive heads inside. He
was prepared for death when the gallow birds remembered, and dropped that apple on his head. He returned to the princess saying, I am but a traveling man, but
here is what you hunger for. The apple was as smooth as oil skin and when she took a bite, it was as sweet and crisp as the moon. their bodies met over such a dish. His tongue lay in her mouth as delicately as the white snake they played house, little charmers, exceptionally well. so of course, they
were placed in a box, and painted identically blue, and thus passed their days living happily ever after. a kind of coffin a kind of blue funk, is it not? I should get better and talking about my
work too…. this is good practice for me~ I made the terrible mistake of thinking both my ink pens were waterproof because of this blunder, in my lines became blotchy and uneven I don’t like putting down ink lines after the watercolor for some reason, it just doesn’t look as nice is that just me? Maybe I just need more
practice… I read all of your comments from the
first episode, so thank you so much for so thank you so much for the support and feedback. I’m thinking about splitting the series into every other Friday, and alternating with drawing tutorials (finally) where I can include more information about specific mediums, so that will be coming next Friday I think? I also would like to do a
sit-down talk through with coffee and you, I will be answering some frequently
asked questions regarding art school, drawing style, portfolio, etc. So let me
know if that sounds like a good idea. After completing the secondary square, I
move out from the borders to extend and clarify elements. I make notes here to remind myself of what I liked and disliked from the sketch, and what could change. It’s sort of life giving myself a crit in my head but putting a down on
paper it makes the critique finite. I cut myself off at a certain point
because picking on everything I dislike about my drawing for too long makes me
blind to what was successful, and what did work. I was taught not to become too
attached to my work, so I don’t box myself into a specific genre, style, or
subject, but being a taurus, I think I’m still a little too habitual. I was looking at two different artists
for reference. The first is Ivan Bilibin, a Russian illustrator from the 20th Century. I love how his drawings are framed and
his color is absolutely gorgeous. The second is Katsushika Hokusai, an ukiyo-e painter famous for his print, the Great Wave. I bought a book containing
his illustrations of animals, plants, and supernatural beings a few years back. Also, I know I write super small;; it’s out
of convenience! I hate the idea of somebody looking over my shoulder, or accidentally seeing my writing, since I write about my feelings a lot – most of the time actually. I’ve devised quite elaborate formats to prevent people from understanding my handwriting in my journal. And of course, the finishing touches. these supplies are from my mom’s scrapbook studio, which is down the hall from my desk. she’s had this hobby for over 20 years and has collected lots of materials since then. in addition to washi tape, we have these little stickers we
bought from a stationery store in Tokyo(?) they’re coated with something
waxy, and I like the glossy finish. I’m not sure what these are called, I
believe they’re just called pins? I punctured a hole with a bookbinding
needle before inserting them. And now, we’re done~ I had so much fun working on this, and I’ll be doing our sketchbook Sunday this week, too! if you like this video, please stick around, for we put up new episodes every
Friday and Sunday ^~^ Happy weekend, and I’ll see you soon.

100 Replies to “༓☾The White Snake ☽༓//House of Tales”

  1. Lilith’s voice is so relaxing and this entire video is relaxing as well. I like how you tell the story and how you sketch/draw and paint them 😍💘🌈

  2. what a beautiful video! i felt like i was in a trance! i usually have a hard time relaxing after a full day of school and work, so thank you for making this <3

  3. The end result was beautiful!! was very nice seeing it build and develop. Could you cite the title of that Hokusai book you mentioned please?

  4. When I clicked on the video I thought it was going to be about this old Chinese folk tale about a woman who is secretly a white snake goddess, I love these videos and I’m so happy you’ve decided to focus on art videos as they inspire me greatly! Thank you 👍✨😁

  5. this is my first time watching this kind if vid where someone recites a poem while making art and its so good?? i love how mystical and pretty your art is. thanks for sharing this video

    ps. i also write my feelings a lot in my journal

  6. Dear Lilith, you are so enchanting😽☪️✨Listening to you telling the tale while seeing your drawing process put me in a magical trance (I LOVE all of the music, too🎶) This is the first video I'd watched after waking up on my birthday🦄💕 Sending gratitude & love from Tokyo~🐱💫

  7. Your art is beautiful and the way you edit is so calming (idk of that makes sense) but your whole vibe seems really chill

  8. This is such a stunning work of art, and I absolutely loved hearing you read the story to us all. Thank you for your hard work and for sharing your gorgeous art with all of us !

  9. I love the details in your artwork lilith ^u^ especially the wave . the choices of colours are also great. I also want to recommend a story called, The ones who walked away from Omelas. Its a quite dark story so im interested to see how you can work with it. Can't wait for the next vid ! 💛💛💛

  10. this video is so beautiful and inspiring! also your voice is so lovely (sorry if that's weird haha) Please keep making videos, they're pure magic ✨🌜✨

  11. 🖖beeeaauuutttiiiifffuuullll art. I'll watch this many more times if only to hear a story. Thank you.

  12. your art is beautiful and your voice is so soothing! i discovered your channel recently and i was hooked right away. good job guys. love the aesthetic and vibe! excited for more!

  13. I hope that one day you will make an art book compilation of the house of tales illustrations, since I would be quite interested in buying one. Your videos and art are just so soothing to me.

  14. I really love the style of explaining the story and your thoughts while doing the art work it was so beautiful and great to listen to and watch. Thank u for sharing I hope u continue making great videos.

  15. every time I watch your videos I feel a calmness and peace come over me. your voice is perfect for narrating I especially loved this story and you have a gift for art! i’m so proud and happy that you and you sister decided to make this wonderful channel!!! God bless you ❤️❤️❤️
    edit: can you talk about your experience/advice for art school like risd?

  16. Your work is incredibly amazing with details and story, the video is calming. I looking forward to seeing you every weekend. Wish all the best to you.

  17. Lovely piece and the story about the white snake is good too. Very calming video, and as always, looking forward to watch the next one 🙂

  18. I'm so glad I get to see more of your work, Lillith. I learned so much from seeing and hearing Annabelle's processes, and I'm learning more still by seeing yours. Your work is so beautiful

  19. I feel so relaxed and sleepy after watching ☁️ Lilith thank you for uploading and helping me get through my uni week

  20. Damn I love your voice, how come you hate how it sounds on the recording? I love everything about you. Question: is there waterproof pen? Or any tip not to make them bleed when putting water color?

  21. ok but how are you so precise with your brush strokes!? your voice matches so perfectly with the visuals – creates such a calming, peaceful vibe! love this as always x

  22. I felt so at ease watching this, like I didn't have to worry about anything in my life anymore.☺. It was awesome. Your videos are beautiful.

  23. I am in awe of how good this illustration is!!! holy moly!!! I'd love to see some tutorials from you and see how your brain works!

  24. Wooow amazing! Really beautiful. I love that you put notes around your piece, it makes it even more interesting to look at. Also I love Hokusai’s artwork! 🌊😊

  25. your voice is so soothing during the narrations and your voice combined with the background music and your beautiful artwork make the most calming video

  26. How beautiful! I love your drawing style and painting techniques. I’m not sure you’re the type to make final pieces and prints, but I would be very interested in buying some of your work if you ever get round to something like that 🙂 x

  27. This was lovely. Portfolio advice and art college questions could be nice for people who are starting to apply for 2020 fall semester. 🙂

  28. Such a beautiful video! So relaxing and interesting. I am very excited about your future videos and thank you so much for posting them!

  29. That's why your wave looked familiar, you referenced The great wave .. love this piece lilith💟 in love with the look of the water color and black lines

  30. to me, art is in some way like bringing a story to life. i feel your illustration depicts it perfectly alongside the complementing fairytale. well told, and well done! thank you lillith

  31. Having such contrasting personalities on this channel is very refreshing. I love Annabelle’s energy filled painting (more abstract and need more thinking through her intentions) and blogs, but Lilith’s videos reminds me of your local friendly neighbourhood witch that provides you with little trinkets for life (little fairytales that bring nostalgia, curiosity and fantasy).

    It’s like take and give, peanut butter and jelly, Ying and Yang.

    Obligatory “Balanced as all things should be” xd

    Thank you for both of you sisters’ works and I really hope to see many more wonderful works from you peeps for many years to come ♥️

  32. Love your lines and your method of shading! It gives so much more depth to your compositions. Also, looking forward to "Coffee with you ☕" 😊💕 Thank you for sharing your work!


    I love the handwriting (even if it is small), the atmosphere…. you're so talented, thank you for sharing your work and I hope to see more from you!

  34. Thank you for sharing this! I'll definitely follow this series. The video made me feel pretty relaxed and your art is beautiful! <3

  35. Hi Lilith, I absolutely loved, loved this video. When I saw a little sneakpeak of it on Instagram, I was so excited and looking forward to the video. I was so absolutely memorised 2 minutes in I had to stop eating my lunch while watching the video haha. The combination of hearing your process, you reciting the poem and explaining your work, and the calming music is just so intriguing and insightful. You put in so much effort into your preliminary sketches, it is really inspiring for someone like me who also loves to research and plan out artworks meticulously first before finally diving into the final product.

    When I saw the sneakpeak on Instagram, it reminded me a lot of those watercolour landscape sketches that Hayao Miyazaki does for his films' backgrounds, or just of many Japanese watercolour artists in general. It is your exquisite linework, watercolour work and colour choices that remind me of these works. They make me feel very at peace, and personally I think it's like you've put a little bit of your own mystical flair to them.

    Long story short, I really loved this haha. Keep doing what you are doing Lilith, because it's so wonderful. I really look forward to all of your future videos on this channel with Annabelle and your work! ❤❤❤✨✨✨

  36. im loving these series ! i was always curious of your work and what kind of style you had in your artwork, i love the idea of tutorials pls do soooo uwu

  37. I would definitely buy a book illustrated by you! There's a whimsical, mysterious vibe i get from your work and I love it!! The amount of research and care you put into it is very admirable as well. Please do a video about your FAQs, I'd love to hear about your watercolors and preferred colors too!

  38. Es tan hermoso tu trabajo ❤️❤️ Suena genial que nos hables de tu escuela c: estoy tan contenta de ver tu trabajo 💕💕

  39. this is absolutely stunning! this is the sort of art style i would love to have on display in my home someday. gorgeous! looking forward to your tutorials!! <3

  40. So relaxing ♡♡♡ thank you so much for this series. I love the stories, and I listen to them before I fall asleep🌟

  41. hands down the best kind of art videos on youtube. Thanks so much for sharing. Your work is so warm and healing!! looking forward to your next video

  42. this video is so beautiful !! id really love if you could do a video about your portfolio and application to art school ? 🙂

  43. It is sooo relaxing to watch you paint and listen to you. Thank you, for you have brought peace into my mind. And I needed it so badly.

  44. LOVE! This is really calming and interesting to watch. I am looking forward to anything you'll upload and I especially enjoy your voice-over, because it helps to understand how you get inspired etc. Thanks for this beautiful video…lots of love from a rainy day in Europe 🙂

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