Neanderthal Picasso


Neanderthal-Man---Origin-of-ArtAn illustration I created for a piece entitled ‘Your more creative than you realise’ for Trendillustrated.com, which I really like.

The article is based on the news of the recent discovery of cave paintings in Indonesia, which are the oldest ever to have been found, dated at 40’000 years old. What was more interesting was that these early people had been living and painting in the same caves for at least 13’000 years! Meaning that we as humans have been ‘creative’ and ‘creating’ for longer than we’ve been doing most other things.

The Paintings predate the first recorded agriculture by about 28,000 years, the first civilization in Egypt by about 35,000 years and the birth of the internet by 39’843 years!

This early form of Art is not only evidence of early man’s evolving intelligence, but also of his desire and need to express abstract thought, as well as document and explain the world in which he lived.

If you want to read more you can find it here.

The original article on the BBC is here.

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About Mark Hodgson

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4 comments

  1. Great illustration — and I like the addition of the striped shirt 🙂

  2. Anonymous

    Brilliant drawing of caveman, His expression made me smile.

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