February 6, 2013
Mary Leakey's 100th Birthday
Today we celebrate the life and work of anthropologist/archaeologist Mary Leakey. In this Doodle, I wanted to highlight Leakey's work in the most charming way possible. I began by focusing on her discovery of the fossilized Proconsul skull, but ultimately decided to depict a scene of her excavation of the Laetoli footprints. As a fun touch, I included her pet dalmatians, whom are often included in old photographs of Leakey.
Here are some early concept sketches:
When I moved forward with color, I wanted to make sure that the landscape felt hot, since she worked mostly in Africa. I also wanted to make sure that the illustration still felt fun and inviting. Here is an early color study:
This was a fun Doodle to work on! Hats off to Mary Leakey and the fabulous legacy she has left behind!
Posted by Betsy Bauer, Doodler