artwork by David Revoy
, 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
Higher resolution and poster/print available on deviantArt here 

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11 comments

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1. Brett McCoy friday 16 november 2012, 18:44

This is excellent!

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2. lewatoto saturday 17 november 2012, 01:25

Amazing!!!!

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3. Jiri saturday 17 november 2012, 08:57

Great image! :-)

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4. Tepee saturday 17 november 2012, 18:32

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

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5. steeve saturday 17 november 2012, 21:03

trop cool ! l'inspiration était au rendez vous.

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6. sage sunday 18 november 2012, 21:56

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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7. Matou monday 19 november 2012, 10:45

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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8. andrew wednesday 05 december 2012, 20:58

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

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9. Francesco monday 10 december 2012, 17:37

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

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10. shawna sunday 13 october 2013, 23:51

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

11. David REVOY monday 14 october 2013, 11:48

@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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