In this series we ask some of our favourite illustrators to choose a significant breakthrough in the history of science or medicine and do what they do best - illustrate it!
￼London based Illustrator Grace Russell creates evocative illustrations which are a careful balance between the playful and controlled. Her work has been exhibited in the V&A Museum and Ideal Home Show and she has worked with clients that include the V&A, Therapy Today, Virgin Australia/ Pacific Magazines, Tablet Mag and Soffa.
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Grace chose to illustrate Charles Darwin on the cusp of developing his seminal work: the theory of evolution.
"I’m a big nature and outdoors enthusiast and so I chose to illustrate Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. On a five year voyage around the world on the HMS Beagle Darwin studied variation in plants and animals, paying particular attention to mockingbirds and the other animals in the Galapagos. No instant light bulb moment can to Darwin but after returning to England he started to scrawl down ideas in a red notebook, these ideas included the famous ‘tree of life’ diagram which sparked the idea that all species develop through the natural selection of small, inherited variations which increase their ability to survive. The idea that our differences are what makes us stronger is quite poignant, I think its good to remember that in only in being different that we are able to evolve and become better as a species."