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March 30, 2008
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.
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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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Wyzzel's avatar
Really beautiful work and nice to see that she woke up in time. It´s such a damn sad end with Shakespeare. 
FoxandRabbitPress's avatar
Very beautiful peace
rababco's avatar
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's avatar
Beautiful image! Beauty, charmed and grace ! Good job ! [link]
Des1red's avatar
So beautifully Romantic! The emotions are captured perfectly
thebeautyandbeast's avatar
this is really pretty, i like it alot.
lavender-wolfsbane's avatar
A very lovely piece of art work, and a nice alternate ending to a trangic tale.
ultimatede's avatar
Haha I like your version much better. Less depressing
callmecharlie021's avatar
Oh my... I REALLY love it. It's SO beautiful! Congratulations.
ArienSmith's avatar
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!
outsidersfan33's avatar
Beautiful, absolutely stunning. :) love it. :+fav:
MissKellieLauren's avatar
Absolutely fascinating!
Rouan26's avatar
Wonderful colours!!!
nimm1033's avatar
i love this so tragic with a lovely twist
Khima-Inez's avatar
Never favourited it the last time I saw it :blush:
egypt-rai's avatar
I prefer your version of Romeo and Juliet. :)
El-Arte-de-Angelina's avatar
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 :)
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jascorpio9's avatar
Romantic work - even if it is to do with poison!! Marvelous!!
BeautifulBizarreMag's avatar
Your beautiful work has been featured in my Valentines Day journal [link] :iconclaustrawberry:
CustomCookie's avatar
Arachne won, dammit!
JaydeKyst's avatar
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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