Darwin Day Artwork!

February 12 is Darwin Day, the time when we all pause to remember a truly remarkable mind that gave birth to a world-changing theory. In the past few years, we’ve celebrated with Darwinian Playlists, Darwinian Valentines, and of course the ever-popular Darwinian Pick-up Lines.

This year, we decided to mix things up by approaching a few of our favorite artists and asking them to create something inspired by the topic “Darwin’s Beard.” See the results after the jump! Hover to see artist comments and click to see the full size.

From Iszi Lawrence of Sundays Supplement:

From Box Brown, who draws Bellen!:

That death bed conversion rumor was all his beard's fault!

From Whitney Ford of ArchGrafix:


From Tawnya Mendonsa, who sells art and crafts at I Doubt It:

It is a single piece of paper hand-cut with an exacto knife out of a map of the Galapagos island, then painted a solid black on the back. You'll see several animals indigenous only to the Galapagos in Darwin's beard.

From Rachael King, talented sister to Skepchick’s own Tracy:


From Rachel Maguire, whose work can be seen at

From DC Turner, animator of the upcoming Storm Movie (opens in new window):

From Brian (Skep-artist) George:

Title: 'Common Descent' Medium: graphite on paper  Size: 18 x 24 inches

From Skepchick’s very own Surly Amy:

I figure if Darwin's Beard can travel for a show it's not too far fetched to assume his beard might want to travel farther off and being exploratory by nature the beard might just end up in space. Well, you can't prove it's NOT there, at least not some of it. And Rebecca Watson is in fact in space. (Rebecca Watson the asteroid).

Finally, there’s Skepchick’s own Tracy King, who completely misunderstood the theme and transposed a few letter:

Darwin's Bread

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. You can follow her every fascinating move on Twitter or on Google+.

Previous post

AI: Porky Pig, I'm Looking at You

Next post

Skepchick Quickies 2.12


  1. February 12, 2010 at 5:41 am —

    An awesome celebration of Darwin Day. Seriously. I am in awe.

  2. February 12, 2010 at 6:26 am —


  3. February 12, 2010 at 8:51 am —

    This is more embarrassing than the Christmas I prayed for Satan to come down my chimney.

  4. February 12, 2010 at 9:08 am —

    These are all so amazing! What a great start to the day.

  5. February 12, 2010 at 9:09 am —

    @Tracy King: HAHAHA! Awesome.

  6. February 12, 2010 at 9:31 am —


  7. February 12, 2010 at 9:34 am —

    “…from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.” Awesome stuff.

  8. February 12, 2010 at 9:41 am —

    @Tracy King: OK, was your picture just a setup for you to make the Satan joke in the comments section?

    If so, I totally love you!

  9. February 12, 2010 at 9:41 am —

    so is that like a unicorn humping mars in the surly amy one?

    I need an answer to this, the structural integrity of my worldview depends on it.

  10. February 12, 2010 at 10:02 am —

    This is truly awesome, and has made my day. That, and the fact i’m not at work and i’m at home eating cheese and able to come online for the first time in absolute ages.

  11. February 12, 2010 at 10:04 am —

    Wow. Great way to start the day. I am in awe of Tawnya Mendonsa’s Darwin. Any chance it’s for sale?

  12. February 12, 2010 at 10:10 am —

    I spent a good 10 minutes clicking on that beard and being delighted with all the things that came out. :)

  13. February 12, 2010 at 10:34 am —

    I reallly want Surly Amy’s The Psychic print.

  14. February 12, 2010 at 11:04 am —

    I’m ever so pleased to see Squatchy hanging out in Surly Amy’s pic! He’ll be so excited when I go home and show him. And you all KNOW what he’s like when he’s excited… YOWZA.

  15. February 12, 2010 at 11:19 am —

    That was the most fun I’ve ever had pulling things out of someone’s beard. Thanks!

  16. February 12, 2010 at 12:27 pm —

    These are amazing. They kind of inspired me to make a Darwin’s Beard doodle of my own:
    ***As a disclaimer, it is a rough sketch, and not nearly as good as these official entries. Which, if I didn’t mention before, are awesome.

  17. February 12, 2010 at 12:47 pm —


    And Darwin Day just got a little uncomfortable.

  18. February 12, 2010 at 1:52 pm —

    @Displaced Northerner:

    It will be later today. I didn’t want to ruin the surprise for my friends. I don’t want the blister I got cutting this out to be in vain!

  19. February 12, 2010 at 2:29 pm —

    @Masala Skeptic: Hahaha. Me too!

    Gary Coleman?

  20. February 12, 2010 at 3:10 pm —

    @Elyse: Oh, my dear Elyse. You know it’s more than just a LITTLE uncomfortable. It’s ALWAYS more than just a little uncomfortable with that pervy little Sasquatch around…

  21. February 12, 2010 at 9:24 pm —

    Check out my daughter’s Darwin/Eastwood at

    “Darwin’s Back… And He’s Mad!”

  22. February 15, 2010 at 7:39 pm —

    There is a hilarious T-shirt on Threadless right now featuring Darwin and Pokemon. ‘Endless Forms Must Batttle’

  23. February 2, 2011 at 3:21 pm —

    @Masala Skeptic: Haha me too! I loved the cowboy with the side swagger~! ^^

Leave a reply