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Amrapali - The Courtesan of Vaishali | by atrakasya
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Amrapali - The Courtesan of Vaishali

This is my second attempt at digital painting.

The painting is made as an illustration for a blog-story written by myself - The Ecstasy of the Courtesan (


This was painted in Artrage, using a white charcoal on black paper. The reference image from which I painted is a really beautiful B&W photo by Athines, of Deviant art.


Athina is an excellent artist - you can check out her work at


About the character - Amrapali is a character from a folktale from India. She may actually have existed, and according to the story, was responsible for the defeat of an entire kingdom. The most famous novel that portrays her story (set in one of the world's earliest democratic kingdoms of India - circa 600 BC) is a Hindi work called "Vaishali ki Nagar-vadhu" by the author/historian Acharya Chatursen

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Taken on August 26, 2006