Progress

 

Jan 2009: The idea for The Illuminated Origin of Species was conceived around the time of Darwin’s 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species.


2009-2010: Preliminary research on botanical art, Illumination, and Darwin’s life and work


July 2010: Research trip to Washington D.C, including the Hall of Human Origins and the Darwin exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the U.S. Botanical Garden, and the Smithsonian Naturalist Center in Leesburg, VA


Fall 2010: Accepted into the Society of Botanical Art Distance Learning Diploma Course, began intense program of study in botanical art


Winter 2011: Continued research, completed graphite drawing of cotton plant for sample page


Spring 2011: Created sample page, tested paints and papers, practiced lettering styles, sketched some of the plants and animals mentioned specifically by Darwin, formatted the Table of Contents, brainstormed ideas for illuminations


Summer 2011: Created the project website www.illuminatedorigin.com, Completed Sample Page, designed Title Page, Dedication Page, and Table of Contents


Fall 2011: Raised over $16,000 on Kickstarter for the creation of the Title Page, Table of Contents, Introduction, and Ch. 1


Winter 2012: Designed Title Page, Table of Contents, and Dedication Page; sent hand-addressed postcards, miniature beetle prints, and boxed cards to Kickstarter backers


Spring 2012: Finished miniature beetle prints for Kickstarter backers; finalized miniature book design, continued working on Title Page, Frontispiece, Dedication Page, and Table of Contents, visited Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and National Gallery of Art


Summer 2012: Delivered first adopted beetle paintings, and all miniature books to Kickstarter backers, re-designed Title Page and Frontispiece


Fall/Winter 2012/2013: Worked on frontmatter, finished Title Page and Frontispiece


2013: Finished Letters for Kickstarter backers, worked on Frontmatter, Introduction, and Ch 1-3; partial delivery of Title Page paintings for Kickstarter backers


Spring 2014: Finish and deliver all remaining beetle paintings and title pages


2014: Complete chapters 1-2


2015: Complete chapters 3-4


2016: Complete chapters 5-6


2017: Complete chapters 7-8


2018: Complete chapters 9-11


2019: Complete chapters 12-14


February, 2019: Event to celebrate the completion of The Illuminated Origin for Darwin’s 210th birthday and the 160th anniversary of the publication of On The Origin of Species

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