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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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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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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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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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