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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.


Concept:

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!



Technics:

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!


Your friend

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

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:iconvictoriaisabeau:
victoriaisabeau Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
I just love the blue/green colors
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:iconchavelaprincess:
chavelaprincess Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Artist
Stunning.
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:iconaeternusomni:
Aeternusomni Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
beautiful, great job
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:iconbenaj:
benaj Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
love this
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:iconman00na:
man00na Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
I just love this picture :)
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:iconantou-desu:
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!
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:iconthedollfacedraven:
TheDollfacedRaven Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Amazing job, this is BEAUTIFUL!
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:iconsickdesire:
sickdesire Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
skeleton bird behind someone sure gives a thrill xD I fancy your work and that song. Amazing. ;)
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:iconandrinaandug:
andrinaandug Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
this is just... just so beautiful! it left me entirely speechless
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:iconjen201101:
jen201101 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this!
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:icongaspode5:
Gaspode5 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
I love the way I can look at this picture over and over again and find new details every time, that I haven't seen before. For some reason I keep looking out the window wanting to see more of what's out there (those things, islands, floating around are intriguing). Despite the skeletal bird and other spooky trappings I find the mood of the picture more melancholic than eerie. I wish the file was bigger so I could look more closely at all the detail. I like that you give some information about how you created the painting. For amateurs like me it's inspiring.
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:iconnikutsuki:
nikutsuki Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Very well done and realistic, and the colors underline the misterious atmosphere... It's gorgeous!
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:iconjaejoong92:
jaejoong92 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
god it's so realistic!!! i'm so jealous!!!!!!!!!!!! love the picture frame and the scenery outside the window!
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:iconcaliginemque:
Caliginemque Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
great song illustration!!
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:iconvampyre-lover:
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Stunning Work!!! WOW!!!
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:iconneverscreamemma:
NeverScreamEmma Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student General Artist
Can I Use This On My Tumblr???
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:iconnodavatar1985:
NodAvatar1985 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very impressive, great artwork, it's really spooky! 8-) Excellent!
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:iconyumaris:
Yumaris Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student General Artist
Its beautiful. Such a dark scene and yet there is some sort of brightness in her eyes. The glass of whatever kinda illuminates the overall composition. You don't look masculine at all :)
Beautiful.
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:iconcarotierchen:
Carotierchen Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student Photographer
This reminds me of the calendar I have, concerning to the colours and the bird skeleton. There are some in the calendar too
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:iconskunkoon:
Skunkoon Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I love how the longer you look at this, the more fun things you see. Only the most talented can master this effect and you have it down pat! :clap:
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:iconwilliam65:
william65 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
wow that looks awsome
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:iconthenevah:
Thenevah Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it love the theme and the result. Very nice work.
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:iconblumilein:
blumilein Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011   Photographer
Aweseome! :love: :+fav:
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:iconbob49459:
bob49459 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Zydrate comes in a little glass vile
:iconzydrateplz:
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:icondemonportal:
demonportal Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
This is truly a masterpiece! Cannot help but fav it! :+fav:
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:iconpossiblechameleon:
possiblechameleon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Soooooooo pretty! I love all the dark colors and well..... everything about it!
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:iconcharmed-ravenclaw:
Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderfully painted
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:icongarden1988:
Garden1988 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
wow
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:iconthecrazyandinsane:
TheCrazyandInsane Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
congrats on getting into art we :heart:! this is amazing! :dummy:
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:iconilikepronyz:
IlikePronyz Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
This is amazing.. just wow
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:iconkikiwolfelion:
KikiWolfeLion Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
love the shadowy felling
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:iconmaangoe:
maangoe Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My perfect drug is......umm...oh! Ben & Jerry's ice cream! Mmmmm....
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:iconsmilinglightly:
smilinglightly Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this just totally pulled me in :iconboofaceplz: ahahahahaha love it ;)
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:iconhek-el-grande:
Hek-el-grande Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I love this illustration and I like a lot that song!!
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:iconzeb31:
ZEB31 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
0.0 my god,
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:iconszuzi:
szuzi Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's one of my favorite songs either! I love your illustration :)
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:iconambillina:
Ambillina Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
Love that song and love your art!!
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:iconziggyspet:
ziggyspet Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Student General Artist
you're very talented, this is marvelous.
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:iconserenitys--wings:
serenitys--wings Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
OMFG I freakin love NIN and this song, this piece represents the song so absolutely well! and is that a Reznor in the pic behind her? The detail to this is amazing i especially like the bird on the table. :D
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:iconwowfreak17:
WoWFREAK17 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
AMAZING!!! AMAZING!!! AMAZING!!! AMAZING!!!
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:iconnpetrenko:
npetrenko Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
Great pic.
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:iconfrauleinvampyria:
FrauleinVampyria Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello, I've featured you here : [link] :blackrose:
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:icondevil-urumi:
devil-urumi Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really awesome, beautiful work ! I don't know how I could say what I exactely feel...
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:iconvisii0nzzz:
Visii0nzZz Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
this is very amazzing...well done :D
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:icondeadintheattic:
DeadInTheAttic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Thank you!

Chris
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:iconvisii0nzzz:
Visii0nzZz Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
np
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:iconronaldsegovia:
ronaldsegovia Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
like it a lot
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