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Aconitum by acidlullaby Aconitum by acidlullaby
Second in the Poisons series is Aconitum, fr, aka aconite, monkshood or wolfsbane. It is a member of the Buttercup family and related to the Delphinium.

There are many myths and legends linked to this genus of plant. It was believed to be from the foam of saliva from the mouth of Cerberus of Hades. Hecate, Goddess of Witches, was one of the first to use wolf's bane. Arachne hanged herself in mortification for having dared to challenge Athene to a weaving contest, then losing. The goddess sprinkled her with aconite juice to turn her into a spider.
Medea used wolfbane to prepare a poison cup for Theseus.
Druids held wolfbane sacred.


Historically, wolfbane was associated with the witch cult in medieval times. . It is known as the Witch flower and has been used as an external painkiller in folk medicine as well as being used to poison enemy water supplies during times of war in ancient Europe and Asia. Hunters used its sap to poison spears, arrowheads & trap baits.

The roots are very poisonous but have been used medicinally. It contains the deadly poison aconitine, an alkoloid and neurotoxin that opens TTX-sensitive Na+ channels in the heart and other tissues, slowing heart rate, decreases blood pressure, and numbs pain.

In literature, aconitine crops up a lot, including Oscar Wilde's Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.


This picture is inspired by Romeo and Juliet. Juliet actually drinks the poison of deadly nightshade in order to appear dead to her family. Romeo, however, missing the memo, thinks she actually is dead and poisons himself with Aconitine. In my version Juliet wakes up just in time ^_^ because I hate misunderstandings.


Photoshop CS2, Wacom Intuos 2, references used for the initial pose and the actual flowers in the background. WIP and close ups can be viewed at [link]
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Aconitum by *acidlullaby is such a beautiful piece, showing love in a desperate way. The use of colors alone show there is a story behind the deviation and the look in the eyes of the girl really captures you, and make you look closely. ( Suggested by sww and Featured by cosmosue )
rababco Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful, this is the way Romeo and Juliet should've ended. To think the whole tragic ending of Romeo and Juliet was because of some stupid misunderstanding, I always thought that was kind of lame (you'd think Shakespeare could've done better than that.)
profutur1971 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful image! Beauty, charmed and grace ! Good job ! [link]
Des1red Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
So beautifully Romantic! The emotions are captured perfectly
thebeautyandbeast Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
this is really pretty, i like it alot.
lavender-wolfsbane Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
A very lovely piece of art work, and a nice alternate ending to a trangic tale.
ultimatede Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Haha I like your version much better. Less depressing
callmecharlie021 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
Oh my... I REALLY love it. It's SO beautiful! Congratulations.
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ArienSmith Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful illustration and emotion that is in the piece! The scene is a little central, so try moving the focus a bit--but I think the technique is wonderful!
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Beautiful, absolutely stunning. :) love it. :+fav:
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Absolutely fascinating!
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Wonderful colours!!!
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i love this so tragic with a lovely twist
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Never favourited it the last time I saw it :blush:
egypt-rai Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I prefer your version of Romeo and Juliet. :)
El-Arte-de-Angelina Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
This brillant, i love it. The colors and how you depicted the poison in the shape of a woman, looking pale .... it's amazing!
Congrats, it's a great piece of art :)
Anj3lina Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning :D
jascorpio9 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Romantic work - even if it is to do with poison!! Marvelous!!
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CustomCookie Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
Arachne won, dammit!
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there are no words in the human language thatll describe how much i love this. a certain memory comes to mind when i look at this...and it makes my stomach fill with butterflies.
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truly amazing I don't think there's more to say ^^
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Fantastic *_*
It's the most beautiful picture I've ever seen!!
And...Something tells me that someone has copied this image
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This is a wonderful piece of art
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Hi :w00t:
You was featured here > [link]
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this is beautiful :love: the contrast between the two figures is amazing and the colours work really well togethor :)
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Ahhh, I can relate. Misunderstandings are just aggravating. I love your art piece, it just settles me and gives me those warm fuzzies :iconiloveitplz:
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oh my god! amazing picture! *___*
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This is amazing! and the girl somewhat looks like lindsay lohan :)
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I still cannot believe how perfectly these characters are like my ex and I. Down to the hair color, length, the body shape, skin tone, etc.. Astounding..
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Fantastic work!
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Wow, you just taught me a lot and being a greek mythology fan and liking symbolism - this was fascinating.

Your art has taken my breath away. It's so gorgeous and your style... stunning.
Faved and I'm watching you.
abibuu Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Thisis gorgeous, and I'm glad you did your own interpretation how you thought Romeo and Juliet's story should hve gone. I totally agree with you. (x
EnigmaOfTheRoses Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
I noticed that your faces have a lot of variation, and I respect that, because when I draw, they all tend to look related! ^^;

But the guy looks a tad girly to me...
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Beautiful artwork & I really enjoyed your history lesson as well. :)
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Beautiful work! lovely details!
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Totally GreaT..!
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its just gorgeous!
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Wonderful image ! :wow:
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...Oh. My. Gosh.
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Love the dress, it's impeccable, so original and wonderful :heart:
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