Scientists are inquisitive by nature. Perhaps it is this innate curiosity that gives rise to the trope of the “mad scientist“. So despite all the amazing things that we learn through the efforts of scientists, it is the weird and unusual that stands out. (At least to me.) Even the fictional archetype of the mad scientist, Dr. Frankenstein, is based on a real scientist, Dr. Johann Konrad Dippel. Dippel was rumored to experiment on corpses and doggedly pursued the “elixir of life” brewing a toxic concoction of animal bones, hair, and alchemical ingredients that killed him.
Scientist, 5″x5″, ink, and watercolor on illustration board