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portrait of Charles Darwin by Deevad portrait of Charles Darwin by Deevad
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-Pre-alpha (in developpement) on Linux Mint KDE 13. :tux:

Charles Darwin on Wikipedia : [link]

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:iconkariiiiiiinx:
KariiiiiiinX Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Beautiful!
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:iconalivanart:
AlivanArt Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
i ned a poster of this!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
This is amazing. Beautiful detail and molding, fantastic use of colors in a nice quiet way.

(It does remind me of Arcimboldo, but a *lot* less creepy and more elegant.)
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:iconmarcgosselin:
marcgosselin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing!!!!!!
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:iconblanket86:
blanket86 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! Very nice style and colours!
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:iconsilvervulpine:
SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant work! :aww:
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:iconbibiarts:
BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent !!!
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:iconrageface97:
rageface97 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
You make me jealous
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:iconstalcry:
Stalcry Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is one of my favorite paintings. I just keep coming back to it. I gasped when I first saw it and I'm still in love.
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:iconfbruno:
fbruno Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Excelente !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconmystical-enigma:
mystical-enigma Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow this is amazing!! it reminds me of arcimboldo's style ^_^....great job!
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:iconardenarboriger:
Ardenarboriger Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aha, toujours aussi génial !
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:iconchrisgarnerart:
chrisgarnerart Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic!
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:iconflrgnstn:
FLRGNSTN Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
sick
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:iconciiiz:
cIIIz Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow :D this is so cool!
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:iconzaratus:
zaratus Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Dude as soon as i get some $$$ i'm buying this:D luv it!
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:iconpeachicedtea:
peachicedtea Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
This...is...amazing.
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:iconmajadalgaard:
MajaDalgaard Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely amazing!
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:icontinywild:
TinyWild Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Great idea, and a beautiful work too! :nod:
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:icongamamoto:
Gamamoto Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Arcimboldo +1
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:iconluchenticius:
Luchenticius Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome!
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sreenivas9alapati Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing...
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:iconkentuckybo:
kentuckybo Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
WOW. thx
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:iconwayneparker:
WayneParker Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Damn David, this is spectacular. I think this one leveled you up - it's one of my favorite pieces by you. Done is Krita... even better. Thanks for posting this.
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:icondeevad:
Deevad Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Wayne. This definitely encourage me to work on a stronger concept on my next creation.
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:iconwhite-heron:
White-Heron Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
WHOA. That is absolutely amazing! The combination of lifeforms and the detailed textures are amazing! Who needs Noah's arc when you have the minds of amazing thinkers and scientists?

I'm sorry to see that a mini God vs Evolution debate has started in your comment section though. I'm an atheist, but one thing I never understood about some religious people is why they insist that God is unable to create such an advanced self-evolving system. Being able to create a program that can program itself without outside intervention is the holy grail of computer programmers. Are they saying God isn't great enough to make such a system for life? I don't get it. :\
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:icondeevad:
Deevad Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks White-Heron.
Ha ha for the debate. Very true :)
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
... Oh, and I also read Dawkin's The God Delusion rather recently. A great read!
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Griatch
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Deevad Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey nice to know you also read it. Thanks for your longer 2nd comments too :) as I answered probably before, this encourage me to continue into this direction. And I may feel better in this field than staying too much into fairies and girls painting ^ ^
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is a wonderful piece of work, might be my favourite among your works so far, mister Deevad!

The subtle colour palette is maybe what strikes me most about this; I can surely picture that keeping the palette consistent with this must indeed have been hard!
You write that you didn't quite followed the tree of life, but I still think your "symbolic branching" works well, clearly distributing vertebrae, mollusks etc together.

I much enjoy images giving me lots of details to look at, and this certainly offers that in spades. Well worth a fave.
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Griatch
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artao Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
incredible!
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:iconnickherbert:
NickHerbert Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012   Digital Artist
stunning, really beautifully done
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Sasosito Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic!
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bartje02 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Very well done :-)
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MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved"

Awesome!
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Deevad Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the cool quote !
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:iconmishrito:
Mishrito Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful Concept and Composition David! Nothing less from you.
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:iconrajasegar:
rajasegar Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work!!
Thanks for sharing...
Featured in Daily Inspirations at hangaroundtheweb.com
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:icondeevad:
Deevad Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the featuring :)
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Meowmeowmeow21 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
I would find this a lot cooler than I do... except that Darwin basically tried to annihilate religion altogether
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thehonourable Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Darwin was actually very religious before his research lead him to his theory on natural selection. He struggled against what he learnt about evolution and suffered in the scientific community due to the controversial nature of his findings.
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Meowmeowmeow21 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
His research has been used to assault my system of belief is what I mean
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:iconmugenseiryuu:
MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
A lot peoples' research has been used to assualt something. As has Religion.
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:iconmeowmeowmeow21:
Meowmeowmeow21 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
quite true
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MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Darwin's religous believes were part of the reason why it took him 20 years to publish his book. You see, he was not against God in General, but he was against the claim made by the Bible that all creatures were created as they are. When he started his journey, he was indedd quite orthodox regarding the Bible. His research however resulted in him changing that opinion.
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heartstogether Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
This is so cool!
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almendro Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
first at all, A W S O M E
second, G R E A T job and more W O N D E R F U L is your use of free software.
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Stitched-Raven Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is awesome!
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Ly-riane Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
beautiful :) And you even included fungi ^^
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