portrait of Charles Darwin

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This is a personnal tribute. I started studying more about Charles Darwin carreer and impact on science while reading "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins. Good book. So, I wanted to paint a portrait, using many species as brushes, ordering them in pseudo branching... and I failed to be consistent or exact about branching and decided to fall into more a sort of symbolic branching. Art have this advantage to keep a part of poetry.
Still, the task was hard, and a real puzzle game with many rules of color values and colors temperature to respect to keep contributing to the global portrait. Certainly better could be made but I decided to stop detailing it or fixing it. I didn't want to start loosing energy of stokes and first intention.
Note : It ended to a familiar rendering like the famous portraits of Giuseppe Arcimboldo ( I loved those portrait in my childhood, not really now, maybe they came back unconsciously ).  

"I love fools' experiments. I am always making them."

- Charles Darwin


Painted with Krita 2.7 on Linux Mint KDE 13.
Charles Darwin on Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Darwin

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  Brett McCoy

This is excellent!

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  lewatoto

Amazing!!!!

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  Jiri

Great image! :-)

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  Tepee

C'est magnifique, j'en suis bouche-bée.
Un seul mot, bravo.

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  steeve

trop cool ! l'inspiration était au rendez vous.

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  sage

Clearly, Giuseppe Arcimboldo was the first thing that came to my mind. But for a "Arcimboldo-like" artwork, it's a very clever one (as well of course as a very well made).

Would have been the best cover ever for the book « Sur les épaules de Darwin » by Jean-Claude Ameisen (book made from the weekly radio show of the same name).

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  Matou

I really like the gradation from the first water species on earth at the bottom of the beard to the apparition of mammals on the top of his head! Very nice, and very well executed!

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  andrew

amazing pictures, but book is superficial and can impress people who are not deep interested in the idea of God

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  Francesco

emmm... great David, really amazing and i love Charles :cool:

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  shawna

Do you sell prints? I am a biology teacher and would love a print of your Charles Darwin work.

  David REVOY

@shawna : Hi !
Oh great ! yes, I allowed the e-shop printing service of deviantArt to print the high-res file into multiple product , you can find them here :
http://www.deviantart.com/print/30897901/
Thanks in advance, I have friends who purchased it and I already saw it hanging on wall ; it looks nice. Especially above a fossil collection, or next to plants and aquarium :)

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  Chevex

Wow!

It's nice to see art inspired by science instead of bullshit. Bravo!

  David REVOY

@Chevex : Thanks !

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  Adam

wow thats amazing pics

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  Eliut

Very good! Someone in Mexico copied your idea
http://www.sanildefonso.org.mx/expos/darwin/

BTW Great book, it helped me to get rid of big brother watching me sin... Only for the brave of course

  David REVOY

@Eliut : :D haha, thanks for the link !

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  Parejas

great job like me perform similar designs.

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