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Stories by Glendon Mellow

To © is Human

Pierre Brassault. Tillie Cheddar. Luk Khang. What do these artists have in common? Their work is open source, and completely open to reproduce without copyright protection.

July 26, 2011 — Glendon Mellow

Science-art Scumble

Scumble: "A painting technique in which semi-opaque or thin opaque colors are loosely brushed over an underpainted area so that patches of the color beneath show through."From The Artist's Handbook , by Ray Smith.Welcome to the first Science-Art Scumble here on Scientific American!...

July 24, 2011 — Glendon Mellow

Magic Beans

Scientific illustration is an artistic enterprise built with standard models, a history of discarded models, and conservative visual language. Conservative visual language is necessary: faced with complex systems, like say, the respiration system of a healthy human, the scientific illustrator clears away the visual noise of too much blood, muscle skin and even organs to highlight the necessary parts of the body a respirologist or surgeon needs to be concerned with...

July 22, 2011 — Glendon Mellow

The Dudley Bug

One of the things that fascinates me most about the current state of science-based art, are the roots we can retroactively look to in pre-scientific eras.

July 20, 2011 — Glendon Mellow

Science-Art: don't call it "Art"

Don’t talk about “Art”There’s often a lot of confusion when talking about art. “Art” is a word that can be conflated to mean many things: but most often what people mean when discussing visual art, (oh look I’m already putting a qualifier on the term) is Fine Art.For example, scientific illustration is not fine art: you may find people trying to justify astonishing images from the Hubble or an electron microscope as being worthy of an art gallery, and indeed they are...

July 7, 2011 — Glendon Mellow

Scientific accuracy in art

When you type the word "trilobite" into Google's Blog Search, my science-art blog The Flying Trilobite is currently the first to come up. But I stick wings on them.

December 21, 2010 — Glendon Mellow
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