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Opium by acidlullaby Opium by acidlullaby
I had an idea to do a series based loosely on natural poisons in the middle of a biochemistry lecture (possibly, as they mentioned alpha-amanitin) so here's the first one, Opium, from the Opium poppy.

[link] <- Wikipedia article on Opium

Opium comes from the latex which is released by opium seed pods and contains up to 16% morphine as well as other weaker/ non-narcotic alkoliods.

Morphine from the opium poppy is the most powerful pain killer in nature and has been used by people for many thousands of years for medicinal purposes. It is however, lethal in high doses as morphine binds to and activates μ-opioid receptors in the brain, spinal cord, stomach and intestine.

Records of opium use as a recreational drug began in China in the 15th century and later the British grew opium poppies in India and shipped the opium to China... the Chinese imperial government in the 19th century carried out a mass confiscation of opium which lead to the Opium Wars between China and Britain in both 1840 and 1858.

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The picture itself draws influences from Chinese landscape ink paintings, Michael Hussar's painting "Morphine" (appropriate!) and Mucha's decorative illustrations.

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Photoshop, Painter X, Wacom Intuos 2

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echoriver Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
This painting is gorgeous and stunningly executed, but it's the CONCEPT that really knocks it out of the park for me.  It almost looks like she's standing in front of a portal, beckoning you into a dream you might never wake up from.  I love how you compared the pull of drug addiction with the allure of a femme fatale.  There's such a strong sensuality to this piece in the details (like the bottom of her dress resembling a flower) without being overtly sexual.  The soft lighting barely illuminating the dead bodies that the poppies (and the opium trade) fed on.  I could write a freaking BOOK on this but just- ahhhh. This is honestly one of my favorite paintings, and I think a lot of people would really love to hear a detailed analysis from you on how all the little details came about.  (Or maybe that's just me?) Sorry for being so wordy, but I just think this painting is so brilliant with so many subtle elements woven into it and I wanted to try to convey how much I love, love LOVE it.  Sorry for babbling!
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RoniaRichter Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014   Writer
It's a cool idea to paint pictures to toxic plants. I like them.+fav 
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Vandal030 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Awesome artwork. Love it.
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Zak05 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic artwork!:love:
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Jerzeeboi Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Gorgeous! Outstanding composition!! Bravo!!
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Jolin-chan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
awesome *_* how long does it took you to draw this ?
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FeatherFactory Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your work =D
Your tutorials are so very helpful and your understanding of anatomy and lighting just astounds me. I keep seeing your stuff in Corel and Photoshop magazines which makes me very happy for you. Keep it coming!
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LevanaTempest Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Beautyful work!:heart:

It would be my honor to feature your work in:iconhigh-vision:

Regards,

Claudia
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Barbara-Lopes Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012   Artist
love it! really great!
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LevanaTempest Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Hi:wave:

It would be my honor to feature your beautyful work in:iconhigh-vision: :heart:

Regards,

Claudia
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trollini89 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
awesome!
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Vloczykij Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
..great job, i really like it, light in this picture is tangible.. (:
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JulienLasbleiz Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Really cool
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LethargicWhales Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Student General Artist
wow this is absolutely amazing !!
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teethkind Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Gorgeous! Seems like every time I look at this there are more details to notice. I also appreciate the information about opium in your description. Amazing work!
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participial Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
What a fascinating concept! And this picture...I can't stop looking at it. Each time I come back there are more details I didn't notice. Thank you so much for making this; it's absolutely beautiful!
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ChosenDefect Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
Beautiful work, well informed. I take it you're enjoying class? :D
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InvictusCordis Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing... this picture is very touching to me in a way, because my dear grandmother wears this wonderful perfume. :)

I have no words for this, except GREAT job.
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carnelian Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
nice!:)
btw. mucha is one of my favorite painters.
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soheil Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
very nice overall but the softness of her skin is what i noticed right away. i like how the dress flows around her legs aswell, there are some nice lines there.
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Nefertiabet2 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
Excellent work!!!
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carelina75 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
beautiful
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cashoneart Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Nice job!
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stunphotography Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
Gorgeous.
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:icondassalock:
dassalock Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
Hó saí Léi-ah!

Beautiful, Marvelous.. Keep it up!
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kodamazone Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
Very nice!
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TRILIFYAU Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
PERFECTOOOO.......!
nice touch...
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vertus-design-being Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
3D WOW Effect !!!
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BrokenShell121 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
lovely :+favlove:
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:iconwintersmagic:
wintersmagic Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exquisitely beautiful, the pattern on her dress and the skeletons in the background are superb :wow:
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ellieorchid Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
beautifully done
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Metanoiance Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
I love your poison artworks.. they re all outstanding!
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:iconjadeitor:
Jadeitor Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
amazing! Good art work
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maarithuhtamaki Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
I love the hand. The woman looks a bit like the actress Monica Anna Maria Bellucci.
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elniamho Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
This is so luxurious and inviting. The hand just sets it off beautifully. I love this!
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All-These-Kiwis Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
What a beautiful woman<3
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Hyperchromatics Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
wow ... this is stunning!!!
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:iconterjis:
Terjis Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional Artist
simply awesome! the piece of history made it even better
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nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Featured in my 1/28/2010 Journal -- [link]
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PR-monkey Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
I really like your work, but I wonder if all poisons are female? :)
PR
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Stompyard1 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
It's beautiful, I love the fore-shortening!

Fave!
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riickard Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
really like the subject and final painting colors and comp
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bookwyrm235 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
Great idea, great picture, great tie-ins with history, great scientific background, great.... everything.
^_^ I love this!
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fun859 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
WOW !!! chinese mood!
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ThePurpleMagician Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Student General Artist
Love the concept! :love:
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Annapannabus Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Student Artist
I love your poison serie!!!! Amazing!
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berrigan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
I love the setup of the painting, and the woman is absolutely gorgeous!
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gaki-gaki Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ooh, I can't believe that you can make such a beautiful picture! And I love how the dress is falling and just EVERYTHING!
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Kimmilichan Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O.O I love it.
The hair, the face, the background, the hand stretching out, the dress...
It's all so beautiful.
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