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The Towel of Babel by DarthFar The Towel of Babel by DarthFar
The ultimate answer to the great question of Life, the Universe, and Everything is: FORTY TWO.

The great question of Life, the Universe and Everything is, "What do you get when you multiply six by nine?"

Nothing wrong with that - in base 13 arithmetic... ;)

Douglas Adams, you are missed.

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A portrait of the late, great Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 - 11 May 2001), creator of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (and possibly the first man to dream up the Internet!), and one of the finest wordsmiths of our age.

Originally, the Babelfish was just swimming straight into Adams' ear. :iconlattebleu: suggested making it wiggly. The effect was that it dialled up the "ick factor" of the picture considerably (as LB so eloquently put it), which I found hilarious. :giggle: Personally, I consider a Babelfish in the ear about as pleasant as sticking a leech up the nostril...

Oh, and it is :icondobbyknits:'s opinion that wiggly Babelfish look "broken", and this particular one probably only translates everything to Swahili. :rofl:
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:iconorangelion90:
orangelion90 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
That's beautiful...
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Thank you. :)
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sisisiu Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Amazing work!

Yes, he is missed, and he always will be.
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mrTwisby Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I find this almost unbearbly fantastic. Well done! :+fav:
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Thank you very much! :D
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CoomicbookGirl Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
absolutely outstanding! Brilliant! Simply 42 :D
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Just-Raowolf Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Douglas Adams is dead!? I didn't know! :dead: Well, this is a wonderful picture, and I absolutely love this author and all of his creations; great pic, love the Babelfish, and a beautiful Tribute to one of the greatest Authors of all time :heart:
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
It'll be ten years this year...

Thank you very much. :) He had a razor-sharp wit, and an awesome sense of humour.
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PAUK182 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Love the picture. Douglas is one of my favourite writers of all time... his writing was always funny and sincere, which comes across on every page of his books. Your picture is an extremely good likeness with the added quirk of the Babel fish giving it an added hint of his humour.
(I've recently been re-running through his 'last chance to see' audio, which i'd recommend if you haven't been aquainted with it already).
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Thanks very much!

And yes, Douglas had a fantastic wit that flows as smoothly as Wodehouse's. (The majority of humourous fiction today sounds forced). There's so much of the HHG series that is awesome, but he had me from page one, paragraph one. :nod:

I have his Last Chance to See, but only in book form. Thanks for the recommendation! I'll see if I can find the recording.
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PAUK182 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Hi. It's worth it to hear him narrating the whole thing in his unique style. I'd also recommend the audio books read by him of H2G2 and Dirk Gently, which are also excellent,( assuming you haven't already heard them- or even if you have- or especially if you have and just want to tell somebody).
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Lovelyruthie Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
:+fav:

Just wonderful - a great likeness, technically superb & the quirky composition honours the man himself. Fabulous work!

~*Ruthie*~
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fayefujiko Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010   General Artist
Favourited by :iconbritishcomedy:
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abil432 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
hey did you know there is a H2G2 group!

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FracturedReality Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG Far, you are AWESOME!!! I saw the fish first, and was like, "WTF?"
And then I realized who it was and now all the people here at McDonald's are thinking, "WTF?" because I keep saying, outloud, "OMG, FAR, YOU ROCK!"
*instafave*
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
Thank you very much. :D It's about time I paid tribute to DNA. [not the molecule.]

And why were you doing your surfing at *McDonald's*, Cthulhu? ;)
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FracturedReality Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because they have teh internetz, Far Far... they has teh internetz...
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psychoticdustbunny Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
Hitchhiker is one of the few pieces of fiction I have actually read. :eyes: Adams was wacky and wonderful. Kind of like you. But then it takes a weird little puppy to recognize another weird little puppy. ;)

Please tell me that broken babel fish are only hampered in their function and that they are not swimming headlessly into ears. Please. :please:
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
Good for you! :D Yeah, Douglas had the wackiest, weirdest sense of humour - and the eloquence to transform comedy into high art.

Um. There are different ways of breaking a babel fish...
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:iconpsychoticdustbunny:
psychoticdustbunny Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
How many are you personally responsible for? :paranoid:
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
I refuse to dignify that with an answer. :innocent:
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:iconpsychoticdustbunny:
psychoticdustbunny Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
I think you just did. And BTW, no-one buys that innocent routine anymore. Besides you look at least 14 now. ;)
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
:innocent: But my halo! it shines!
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:iconpsychoticdustbunny:
psychoticdustbunny Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
The shine is from your radioactive evil. :evileye:
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
Ooh, I'm radioactive? :D Yay!

[zaps Bunny]
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Chimaera-Stormhawk Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OK, I saw this but didn't have a chance to comment until now, Airplanes and Durians were involved. ;)

I like the new style alot, and I'm also fond of the "42" background. It was a really neat (and easy) way to do things. And of course, what's a deviation without a babel fish? :D

I don't know if you heard, but there's a new "Hitchhiker's" book written by Eoin Colfer called "And Another Thing..." that is coming out in October.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
Airplanes? durians? Force, what kinda friends do you have!

*snickersnortchuckle*

By the way, I see you actually liked the durian wafers. Go you! and shame on Aunt Tory.

Thanks very much, Chim! I'm experimenting with rougher, less anal ways of painting; this hairy brush was pretty nice to use. And Colfer is writing a sixth Hitchhiker's book, you say? Well, if it has Jane Belson's blessing, I'll read it. :D
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Chimaera-Stormhawk Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:bow: (Thank you, Thank you..)
I was trying to explain what they were and where they came from to my parents, apparently I wasn't coherent enough; my dad thought *you* baked them! :rofl::rofl::rofl:

Colfer's actually one of my favorite writers, I've been reading his stuff since I was a kid. I'm really looking forward to it actually, he's really funny.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
:rofl: BAKE EM??? Did you get any member/s of your family to try the wafers? were they brave enough? Or are you hoarding them? [Wafers, not family members.]
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Chimaera-Stormhawk Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not Yet, I got in late and they said they'd try them later. I'm planning on this evening.
My dog was interested in them though. :giggle:
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
Yes. So were Dakota and Trapper...
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Aerhalev Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
great! I love that movie and i like your technique is very traditional-like
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
Thanks very much! I'm a big fan of the original BBC TV series, but the movie version was a lot of fun too. :nod:
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:iconaerhalev:
Aerhalev Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh I didn't know there were series. I just watched the movie and then bought the book :D
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DarthFar Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
Before there was the movie, there were the comic books. And before that, the 1981 TV series. And the books. And the 1978 radio plays, which you really should listen to if you can get your hands on them, because that's Hitchhiker in its original form. [And a whole lot of other adaptations.] I liked Martin Freeman as Arthur Dent, but Simon Jones was totally in a class of his own, and perfectly captured the spirit of the sarcastic, indignant Dent of the book. (He was also the original Dent in the radio plays). :nod:
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Aerhalev Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
Wow you seem to be a complete expert on the subject :) I will try to listen to the radio plays. Thanks for the information :aww:
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DarthFar Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
Haha, I just collect HHG adaptations. :laughing:

And you're welcome. Enjoy the plays!
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SydneyPrimal Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
Somehow, this got put in my stamps collection. I'm using HM's Mac, and it's making me feel stupid.

Anyway, Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of my favorite series of books, and I love the babelfish in his ear! How adorable!

I remember I'd just discovered these books a couple weeks before he passed away...and it was heartbreaking. He left his mark though, that's for sure, and a host of the best written characters I've ever read about.

Well done, Far. XD You never cease to amaze me!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I dont understand the commentary but the pic is cool
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
:rofl: It's pertaining to the hilarious book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I assume you haven't seen the movie either, David?
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That movie was just on the other night! I fell asleephahahaha
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DarthFar Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
:giggle:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
=D
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NatalieKelsey Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, it's Caesar! :D

Ok, I'm just teasing. Now that I know who it is the numbers that were just "background noise" before are all obviously 42. I'm sorry for being a fail beta. :giggle:

I love the bit of color and the style is really perfect for him. His face has a touch of Marvinesque resignation, doesn't it?

It also reminds me of that dream I had about you yonks ago when you helped me rescue kittens from a university fountain and you randomly had a towel about your person.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
Totally not your fault. I've a tendency for being sneaky. :giggle:

Thanks very much, Nan! and haha, Marvinesque resignation! I love that phrase. I should start using it. :nod:

And what's it with you and Tory dreaming about me rescuing small animals! With you it's kittens; with Tory it's puppies. I'm *SITH*! This is destroying my reputation!
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NatalieKelsey Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Does the fact that you were both wearing a labcoat and quite annoyed help with the rep thing? :giggle:
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
Not much. But every little bit helps...
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DobbyKnits Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Now draw the *rest* of him. :eyes: :lmao: :D

You already know I am awed by this image, but I'm telling you again so that any other viewers know how much I love it. :D

:winner: :worship: :deviation: :+fav:
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
:rofl: I am NOT going to draw him walking into the sea, if that's what you were hinting at.

Thank you, Linda. :D I knew that if anybody could identify him from the unfinished painting, it would be you.
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DobbyKnits Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: That was the inference, yes. And I knew the answer would be a resounding NO. :laughing:

And you are very welcome. Yup, you know me very well indeed.
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