Large Hadron Collider, da Vinci style
May 23, 2012 10:27 AM   Subscribe

Drawings of the elements of CMS detector, in the style of Leonardo da Vinci "Sergio Cittolin is first and foremost a physicist in search of answers to the mysteries of the universe. Yet he also has an artistic bent, and his talent for drawing has woven itself nicely into his 30 years of work at CERN. The result is a collection of Leonardo da Vinci-style illustrations that brighten CERN hallways, a book, and the covers of a number of technical documents." (via)
posted by dhruva (10 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
These are wonderful, thanks.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 10:29 AM on May 23, 2012

Yes, love these, thanks for posting!
posted by carter at 10:31 AM on May 23, 2012

I wish more journals were illustrated this way.
posted by Mercaptan at 10:38 AM on May 23, 2012

Fantastic! Many thanks!
posted by Thorzdad at 11:09 AM on May 23, 2012

Very nice indeed!

Initially I thought this had to do with Drupal, Wordpress and the like...
posted by Foci for Analysis at 11:56 AM on May 23, 2012

*spontaneous nerdgasm*
posted by ZenMasterThis at 12:27 PM on May 23, 2012

This is such a great idea and execution. It is great to see such a reminder of the beauty of science.
posted by fireflies at 1:24 PM on May 23, 2012

These are delightful! Is there any discussion of the technique anywhere? They're at least partly digital (there's that same PS tiled-texture "canvas" background behind most of 'em, sometimes inverted or flipped, which makes me wish I had access to the layered .psd files so I could jerk it out and just look at the very nice drawing.) But are they all-digital graphics tablet work or are they drawings done on paper and scanned? Or a mix? Lots of the actual strokes, especially the liquid-looking ones, have a very .abr look about them. OTOH it says the earliest was done in 1992, which seems a bit early for digital painting. Folks with good eyes and experience, whaddya think?
posted by jfuller at 2:11 PM on May 23, 2012

I'm sure he used to do them on paper. I remember being in a CMS meeting where he was doodling one, perhaps even on a paper knapkin :-)
posted by julianb at 3:58 PM on May 23, 2012

Reminds me of The Way Things Work, just less woolly mammoths.
posted by taursir at 7:35 PM on May 23, 2012

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