poisonous-flowers

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Term is wrapping up and I’ve not managed to regularly post stuff from school! >_< This is the character lineup and color script from our colour class at school this term, from the story Rappacini’s Daughter. More to come! :) 

Some of my thoughts on the color script: I tried to do this thing where the streets of Morocco (essentially, ‘outside’) was blue, and blue is Giovanni’s color. As he enters the garden he is the only blue spot, but is soon overtaken by the warm oranges of (infatuation) and the light of the garden, which starts out to be this warm, inviting thing. Soon that orange turns sinister, and then purple, the color of the poisonous flower, overtakes everything as he realises that he, too, is poisoned. Then blue makes an appearance again! An antidote from the outside world! But the outside is the antithesis to Beatrice, and is what kills her. I really enjoy these sorts of color/symbolism/narrative tie-ins.. 

The Poison Garden is a public garden full of deadly plants. When the Duchess of Northumberland took over the English garden in 1995, she wanted to fill it with something different that would interest children, who “don’t care that aspirin comes from a bark of a tree. What’s really interesting is to know how a plant kills you, and how the patient dies, and what you feel like before you die.” Source

N° 1: Oleander (Nerium Oleander)

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The poisoning by this flower cause gastrointestinal problems, organ failure, and ends with tachycardia and heart problems. The smoke of the plant to be burnt is terribly toxic to humans, it is likely to poisoning by the spread of smoke that by contact with the flower itself.
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MATERIALS: colored pencils, Graphite, marker, gouache and ink on recycled leaf-texture paper

The first of the “poisonous flowers” series. This is one of the most experimental illustration series I’ve done in a long time, both in subject matter as in materials, because it is the first time in my life that I use this paper to work, and it was quite hard lol.I hope you like it!

Link to the process video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ibU0JJYW5E

A GUIDE FOR YOUNG LADIES ENTERING THE SERVICE OF THE FAIRIES, by Rosamund Hodge


I.

This is the lie they will use to break you: no one else has ever loved this way before.


II.

Choose wisely which court you serve. Light or Dark, Summer or Winter, Seelie or Unseelie: they have many names, but the pith of the choice is this: a poisoned flower or a knife in the dark?

(The difference is less and more than you might think.)

Of course, this is only if you go to them for the granting of a wish: to save your father, sister, lover, dearest friend. If you go to get someone back from them, or—most foolish of all—because you fell in love with one of them, you will have no choice at all. You must go to the ones that chose you.


III.

Be kind to the creature that guards your door. Do not mock its broken, bleeding face.

It will never help you in return. But I assure you, someday you will be glad to know that you were kind to something once.


IV.

Do not be surprised how many other mortal girls are there within the halls. The world is full of wishing and of wanting, and the fairies love to play with human hearts.

You will meet all kinds: the terrified ones, who used all their courage just getting there. The hopeful ones, who think that love or cleverness is enough to get them home. The angry ones, who see only one way out. The cold ones, who are already half-fairy.

I would tell you, Do not try to make friends with any of them, but you will anyway.


V.

Sooner or later (if you serve well, if you do not open the forbidden door and let the monster eat you), they will tell you about the game.

Summer battles Winter, Light battles Dark. This is the law of the world. And on the chessboard of the fairies, White battles Black.

In the glory of this battle, the pieces that are brave and strong may win their heart’s desire.


VI.

You already have forgotten how the mortal sun felt upon your face. You already know the bargain that brought you here was a lie.

If you came to save your sick mother, you fear she is dead already. If you came to free your captive sister, your fear she will be sent to Hell for the next tithe. If you came for love of an elf-knight, you are broken with wanting him, and yet he does not seem to know you.

Say yes.


Keep reading

Here, The last of my series of Poisonous Flowers

N° 6: Deadly Nightshade (Atropa Belladonna)

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The most poisonous and powerful of all plants, called the “Berry of the Witches”
The poisoning symptoms start with high fever, mouth dryness, blurred vision because of dilated pupils, vomiting, excessive stimulation of the heart, drowsiness, slurred speech, hallucinations, confusion, disorientation, delirium, and agitation. Coma and convulsions often precede death, but something recurring in all the process are the intense hallucinations.

It was used in the Witchcraft for potions, curses and rituals, being a powerful hallucinogen, also it was used as eye drops for dilatation of the pupil, sometimes leading to blindness.

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Materials: Graphite, marker, color pencils, gouache and ink on recycled leaf-textured paper

Happy October

Beautiful but Deadly

Aries: Hemlock Water Dropwart // every part of this plant is poisonous and the consumption of any part will cause death within hours

Taurus: Veratrum // consumption causes rapid cardiac failure and death

Gemini: Ragwort // consumption can cause fatal respiratory failure

Cancer: Adenium // large doses will cause a fatal heart attack

Leo: Aconitum // this poison is so strong it is used to kill adult whales

Virgo: Cerbera Odollom // known as the “Poison Tree” because its toxins paralyze the heart

Libra: Mountain Laurel // causes severely low blood pressure and death

Scorpio: Opium // suppresses the nervous system and causes coma and death

Sagittarius: Laburnum // consumption causes vomiting, frothing at the mouth, coma and death

Capricorn: Naked Lady // has a lovely smell but causes cardiovascular collapse if ingested

Aquarius: Daphne // ingestion of the berries of this plant causes delirium, convulsions and if coma ensues then death will most likely be the outcome

Pisces: Bloodroot // sometimes called “Sweet Slumber,” ingestion causes coma and death

Zodiac Gardens

Aries: Huntington Desert Gardens

Taurus: Singapore Botanic Gardens

Gemini: Suan Nong Nooch Gardens

Cancer: Alhambra of Granada

Leo: Royal Botanic Gardens

Virgo: Keukenhof Gardens

Libra: Claude Monet’s Garden

Scorpio: The Poison Garden at Alnwick

Sagittarius: Yuyuan Garden

Capricorn: Jardin Majorelle Gardens

Aquarius: Courances Castle Garden

Pisces: Butchart Gardens