Friday, December 31, 2010

M is for John Stuart Mill

"A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury."

L is for Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Invented Calculus (independently from Newton's work in the field.)  Whatever, I could do that.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

K is for Gustav Klimt

One of the greatest tragedies of my adolescence was planning an imaginary trip to visit my favourite Klimt paintings and drawings, only to find out that some of his most incredible work was destroyed in a fire.

Apologies, kidlets.  I got going on this one, got myself in way deep, then got fed up and stopped working on it.  Here's as finished as it's going to get for now.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I is for Eugene Ionesco

Meant to post this earlier, was too busy being Christmas-y and crying at the end of It's A Wonderful Life (er... several times over.)

Friday, December 10, 2010

H is for Stephen Hawking

"I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image."

Thursday, December 9, 2010

G is for Galileo

I kind of hate this one-- it looks like Three Wolf Moon.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

F is for Bobby Fischer

Made Chess Grandmaster at age 15 in 1958, and maintained the record for youngest Grandmaster ever until 1991.

My scanner still doesn't like graphite.  I messed with contrast and brightness, so I lost some detail, but it still turned out okay.

E is for Albert Einstein

Married a woman who was his first AND second cousin.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

D is for Charles Darwin

Such a serious looking dude.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

C is for Marie Curie

The first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the only woman to win prizes in two categories.  "Because of their levels of radioactivity, her papers from the 1890s are considered too dangerous to handle. Even her cookbook is highly radioactive. They are kept in lead-lined boxes, and those who wish to consult them must wear protective clothing." (thanks, Wikipedia!)

This one was supposed to be very different, but I got carried away and it turned into something completely other.  Please excuse the line through the middle-- had to be scanned in two parts, and I didn't feel like using photoshop on that whole teal area.

Friday, December 3, 2010

B is for Lord Byron AND Ada Lovelace Byron

Two geniuses for the price of one!  A poet (and radical bad boy) who was once described as "mad, bad, and dangerous to know," and his daughter, the mother of modern computing (who worked with Charles Babbage and is considered to have been the world's first computer programmer... in the 1840s.)  Hardcore family.

So, my scanner seems to hate graphite-- I had to really mess with contrast and selective colour just to get my shading visible on this one.  I think I'm going back to pen and maybe some charcoal for the next few.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A is for Aristotle

Hey friendo!  This month's theme is Geniuses!  (Genii?)

I feel like I've gotten really lazy with my lettering lately, and a huge point of this blog was to experiment with typography.  Expect more exciting lettering!  This one doesn't count-- apologies for very lazy 5am drawing.  Onward and upward!