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

26 comments

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  Brett McCoy - Reply

This is excellent!

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  lewatoto - Reply

Amazing!!!!

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  Jiri - Reply

Great image! :-)

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  Tepee - Reply

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

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  steeve - Reply

trop cool ! l'inspiration était au rendez vous.

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  sage - Reply

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 - Reply

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 - Reply

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 - Reply

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

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  shawna - Reply

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

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  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@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 - Reply

Wow!

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

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  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@Chevex : Thanks !

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  Adam - Reply

wow thats amazing pics

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  Eliut - Reply

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

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  David REVOY OP , - Reply

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

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  Parejas - Reply

great job like me perform similar designs.

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  Raven - Reply

Great artwork! A Darwin face made of species right from his monography. Great! Really Great! Me and my wife love your artworks; You are the great artist who inspired me to draw again. Thank you!
Dear David, may I suggest you one author - Alexander Nikonov? He wrote (and still write) uncanonical thoughts regarding world history and evolution; maybe for Artist (i.e., for You) his thoughts will be interesting.
His books are 'dynamicallier' than ones from Dawkins.
First book I suggest - "Story of frozen out in context of global warming ('История отмороженных в контексте глобального потепления' in Russian)".
Best regards, Raven
P.S. Please, feel free to send emails; I may suggest much more really great books that you may like.
P.P.S. Please sorry for my bad English

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  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@Raven : Your english is fine to me :)
Thanks for the book suggestion and the nice word about my artwork ; I'll note it on my to-read book ; but I already have a long list in queue !
:-)

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  Taposy Rabeya - Reply

Awesome art!! Really you did a great job.

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  EduAz - Reply

An amazing art! Remembers me of some illustrations that I saw in my art and school books!

David, only by curiosity, you're an atheist or agnostic?

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  David REVOY OP , - Reply

Thank you!
Yes, I'm atheist.

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  EduAz - Reply

Thanks for the answer, and much success with your work! I'm not an atheist, but I respect your point of view and I really admire your art and your work to spread the open-source software. Keep the good work!

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  David REVOY OP , - Reply

I'm also one (of the rare? :-P) atheist who understands perfectly and respect totally those living in harmony with their religion or any other spirituals practises. That's the beauty of diversity. Thank you for your very nice words about my work!

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  EduAz - Reply

"Respect" is the key. If everyone has respect with each others, probably there were not so much conflict in the world. I know some atheists that are very respectful, others not, and religious people that are not respectful (even with other religions). Respect (or it's lack) it's an human characteristic and this is independent of race, nationality, politics, philosofy or religion view. Nobody has the right to judge the others by his (or hers) thoughts, his/her actions and doings are what matters. Whatever, to me what really matters here is that you are a great artist with a marvelous work that only amaze, helps and inspire others. And I can say with this that exists an atheist that I truly admire (sorry for my bad English)

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  David REVOY OP , - Reply

:-) thank you !

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