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Atropine by acidlullaby Atropine by acidlullaby
Sorry I think I have gotten all cliched and sloppy with this one... really busy lately to do things carefully :'(

Anyway, one more to the Poison series.

Atropine : (taken from Wikipedia!) is a tropane alkaloid extracted from the deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna) and other plants of the family Solanaceae. It is a secondary metabolite of these plants and serves as a drug with a wide variety of effects. It is a competitive antagonist for the muscarinic acetylcholine receptor. It is classified as an anticholinergic drug. Being potentially deadly, it derives its name from Atropos, one of the three Fates who, according to Greek mythology, chose how a person was to die.

Mandragora (mandrake) was described by Theophrastus in the fourth century B.C. for treatment of wounds, gout, and sleeplessness, and as a love potion. By the first century A.D. Dioscorides recognized wine of mandrake as an anaesthetic for treatment of pain or sleeplessness, to be given prior to surgery or cautery.[5] The use of Solanaceae containing tropane alkaloids for anesthesia, often in combination with opium, persisted throughout the Roman and Islamic Empires and continued in Europe until superseded by the use of ether, chloroform, and other modern anesthetics.

Atropine extracts from the Egyptian henbane were used by Cleopatra in the last century B.C. to dilate her pupils, in the hope that she would appear more alluring. In the Renaissance, women used the juice of the berries of Atropa belladonna to enlarge the pupils of their eyes, for cosmetic reasons; "bella donna" is Italian for "beautiful lady".


The plant you see in the picture is atropa belladonna (with some artistic license). Lots of photo references were used for this painting... the hand were a bitch to draw.
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cheshirecat713 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is one of my favourites! amazing!
LevanaTempest Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Hey dear!

Your beautyful is featured in:iconhigh-vision: :heart:

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can you send me ur creations tutorials at
JulienLasbleiz Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I love thie one !
Lady-Sonata Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just love it! :love:
tye104 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
If this is sloppy, I should go and jump in a hole out of shame! This is really impressive!!
participial Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
Gorgeous - although her eyes are kind of freaking me out! You did a wonderful job with the flowers and her hands - which really do look like they would've been difficult to render. Great work!
Nephtis Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Love this... Reminded me to dig out Belladonna & Aconite by Inkubus Sukkubus [link]
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