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February 20, 2010
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The Perfect Drug by DeadInTheAttic The Perfect Drug by DeadInTheAttic
This illustration has been reedited several times. Somehow I guess, that my illustrations never might come to an end.


Inspired by 'Nine Inch Nails - The Perfect Drug', one of my alltime favorite songs, I decided to create a dark illustration.

Hope, you gonna like it. The woman bases by the way on a drawing of mine (it was me posing for this, so don't mind, if it might look a little bit masculine ). The funny thing is, that I am straight edge and the worst drug nowadays in my life is chocolate.

So, what's your perfect drug?

Nice to know:

A friend of mine, Justine, is making her own music, remixes and covers as 'Absolute Entity 01'. I found her by accident online while searching for the NIN clip to this song.
Just search for and listen to her cover of 'The Perfect Drug'. Absolutely gorgeous!


After picking many references I created some rough drawings, which I used to illustrate this within Photoshop.
I created the glass with overlaying layers (zero fill, up to 100 percent opacity and added certain effects to these layers).
The 'Absinthe' lable of the bottle has been reconstructed by using the path tool. The painting of Trent Reznor is a repainting of a screencap (everything else is not repainted).

I used many references ... for the vintage syringe, the skeleton of the vulture (for I have NO IDEA, what such a skeleton looks like ) and so on. And some custom brushes I made out of appropiate photos, so filth, speckles on metal, skin and others base on photos. While other brushes are more 'technical', in this case my hair-brush is one of them, which can't be created out of a photography (almost any elemental brush has been created without a photo, simulating the natural 'flow', I'd say).

My usual technic is similar to airbrush. Masking the single elements (so I don't need to take that much care of the borders later on). Custom texture brushes increase the credibility. The original size would fit on a poster.

Feel free to comment or ask!

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Janas-Aurora Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Demon-Duck Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
Dark and beautiful, you could write a story around it
Sinphie Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's fantastic!

victoriaisabeau Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
I just love the blue/green colors
chavelaprincess Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Artist
Aeternusomni Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
beautiful, great job
benaj Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
love this
man00na Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
I just love this picture :)
Antou-desu Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
OMFG One of the most amazing artworks I've ever seen--mostly in terms of colour and shading...You nailed it!
TheDollfacedRaven Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Amazing job, this is BEAUTIFUL!
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