Tomorrow: liveblogging a portrait

Tomorrow, February 12th is the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth, and the 150th anniversary of The Origin of Species first publication.

I'm far from the only artist to wish to depict the man whose insight gave the world so much. Make sure you see Chris Zenga's irreverent Darwin-zombie-teddy-bear at The Day After, and Carl Buell's astounding new portrait (as well as a previous beauty here!) I expect we'll be seeing some work from Bond at ReEntry as well.

So in between travel and illness, I've been working on some sketches
of a younger portrait of Darwin, and I plan to live-blog the results every hour. I should get started around 1500h e.s.t., and I'll update this post with an edit for an exact time of the initial layers of paint. The first layers are usually dishearteningly ugly.

'Might be getting linseed oil on the scanner again...

Oh, a peek? Okay.

But this isn't what it will look like.

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