Monday, 26 October 2009

Art Monday: peek at my Jane Goodall portrait


This drawing is actually larger than my scanner. (Click to enlarge) It's part of the series I am tentatively calling Lights. You can see a photo of J. Craig Venter and Richard Dawkins at this post.

I am trying to tie-in a source of light on each scientist's head, and some sort of double helix shape in the backgrounds. For my second drawing project at York University.

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26 comments:

Leah Elliott Hauge said...

You've captured her serenity beautifully.

Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks Leah!

grazzhopr said...

She looks very wise and full of knowledge of living things.
Excellent.

jogonocelular.net said...

Who was Jane Goodall?

Shelly Barclay said...
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Shelly Barclay said...

That is fantastic. I have always enjoyed Goodall and the work she has done for primates. You did an amazing job!

Jasmine said...

Love the picture. The double helix has a knotwork feel to it. Nicely done.

Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks grazzhopr!
Thanks Shelly!
Thanks Jasmine!

Is the silhouette of all those double helix shapes coming through?

Glendon Mellow said...

Jogonocelular, Jane Goodall works with chimpanzees, and her observations have revolutionized how we see the culture of our closest cousins.

Nezzy said...

Thanks, this Ozarks farm chick read everything she could get her hands on about Jane Goodall growing up. You have captured her in your sketch.

I just wanted to give you a big CONGRATULATIONS on your blog of note from the hills and hollers of the Ponderosa.

Ya'll have the best day and enjoy your new-found fame!!!

Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks Nezzy! Okay, I'll try to respond in my best Canadian accent in return:

Yer comment aboot getting Jane Goodall's portrait right means a lot, eh?

:-)

Thanks so much!

ThatGirl said...

I love the picture! Great job on your blog hun!!

Hanif IM said...

Great art, really I like it. she like life... you have much of great art... nice art...

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Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks, That Girl!
Thanks, Hanif!
Thanks KrazyKoreanKyle!


Ummm....weird, Anonymous!

Carmin Pierre said...

Nice drawing!

Don said...

Hail Jane... magnificent sketch. full of soul

gaelikaa said...

Third eye image is interesting!

Jason Thibeault said...

Farhana is a spammer. I've seen that Dubai blog link in a bunch of other places recently.

That third eye is a great addition. At first I thought it was some kind of new-age woo-reference, though the more I thought about it, the more I figure it represents her unique insights and apparent powers of observation.

Zachary said...

A wonderful portrait, sir, but I feel I have to ask: Why the third eye? It seems...out of place.

Christopher Zenga said...

Fantastic!!

Truly.

Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks for the tip, Jason!

The third eye doesn't totally fit with the rest of the ones in the series - each one is supposed to have a lightsource near their heads and some double helixes in the image. (Jerry Coyne has a firefly, but I'm happier with how the firefly turned out than Coyne.)

I have been in love with Symbolist art since I was a teen, and the eyes rolling up into the head was a motif seen a lot in the 1890's. It is kind of macabre, but shows the person gazing inward...Goodall studies chimps, but some of her most fascinating (and most written about) insights are about what chimps show us about ourselves.

You also touch on something I have started writing a blog post about: co-opting religious imagery for the sake of science.

I think it can and should be done in scientific and atheist art - and I'll wait and say more later. :-)

Mike Carey and Luisa Mercado said...

Artistic!!!

Mike n Luisa

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Kay Richardson said...

Three eyes. YES!

Jason Thibeault said...

"co-opting religious imagery for the sake of science."

Hey, turnabout is fair play.

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