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Stories by Glendon Mellow

Is it Time for Twitter to Verify Artists?

Celebrities, journalists and politicians are all likely to receive the coveted Verified badge on Twitter. Presumably, this is due to all of these careers adding value to the platform for the average user, and to distinguish their identities from malicious imposters and parody accounts...

August 7, 2015 — Glendon Mellow

Mathematically Precise Crosshatching

The technique of hatching, using many thin, parallel lines to describe form, texture and shadow has been in use since at least the middle ages. It lends itself well to etching, engraving and drawing, and was a favourite technique of Albrecht D ürer ...

August 6, 2015 — Glendon Mellow

I Unfollowed Everyone to Build a Better Twitter Feed

The Chrome extension for Twitter was installed, and I had time for a quick shower before cycling to work. Without letting myself think about it too much, I pressed MASS UNFOLLOW, saw it was working, and ran to the shower...

August 1, 2015 — Glendon Mellow

Pluto Flyby Already Inspiring Artists

As the probe whizzes past, paint is already being dabbed, splattered and scumbled. The Pluto flyby is astounding everyone including artists. Here are a few works of #sciart that really stood out to me on Twitter, marking this historic event and the images from the NASA team and the New Horizons probe...

July 14, 2015 — Glendon Mellow

Alien Sun over Victoria, B.C.

The wildfires in British Columbia are creating an alien world in over the city of Victoria. There are currently over 170 fires burning, and the ash and smoke has prompted a health warning. After seeing a couple of surreal photos on social media last night, I contacted the photographers so I could share them here...

July 6, 2015 — Glendon Mellow

Hell on the Coral Reef

In a unique stylistic choice in the history of fine art, angsty Symbolist painter Jean Delville chose to depict an allegorical Satan dominating his treasured souls while standing on a coral reef. ...

June 30, 2015 — Glendon Mellow

Attack of the Bot Followers

When managing your social media persona, just how responsible should you be for weeding out fake followers? Can having bot followers damage your rep? And how do you get rid of 'em?...

June 3, 2015 — Glendon Mellow

Brachiosaurs at Dusk

Paleoartists like Stevie Moore are not only enabling us to see dinosaurs anatomically correctly; they are also giving us magnificent visions of these animals living within the full beauty of nature...

May 31, 2015 — Glendon Mellow

Wrapped in the World

C é line Semaan of Slow Factory has teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund to to launch Petit Atlas, a sustainable clothing collection inspired by images of the Earth itself...

May 30, 2015 — Glendon Mellow
Breathe Deep, Fellow Asthmatics

Breathe Deep, Fellow Asthmatics

Today is World Asthma Day. Started by the Global Initiative for Asthma, I thought World Asthma Day would be a great time to share a detail from a series of key frames being produced by the animation team at INVIVO Communications, where I work...

May 5, 2015 — Glendon Mellow
Talking with Students

Talking with Students

Being a scientific illustrator isn’t an easy career path. Being a fine artist engaging with science is even more difficult, at least financially.

April 30, 2015 — Glendon Mellow

5 Instagram Tips for Science Artists

I’ve been on Instagram for a long time, with a private account to share family photos with friends. Last year, I decided to start up a second account, @FlyingTrilobite, to share my art in process, and the sort of things I normally share on my blog...

April 29, 2015 — Glendon Mellow
New Beginnings, Old Themes and False Starts

New Beginnings, Old Themes and False Starts

About a month ago, We started something new. Kalliopi Monoyios, 1/3 of the Symbiartic posse pushed Katie McKissick and myself to start working on themed creations made especially for our blog...

April 1, 2015 — Glendon Mellow
SciArt in the Crowd

SciArt in the Crowd

Welcome to a new feature here on Symbiartic! SciArt in the Crowd will share some of the most interesting crowdfunding projects by a variety of artists engaged in SciArt.

March 31, 2015 — Glendon Mellow
Aftermath: SciArt Tweet Storm

Aftermath: SciArt Tweet Storm

Overwhelming. Last week, from March 1-7, Kalliopi, Katie and I  asked members of the #SciArt community to post 3 pieces of their work on Twitter, and retweet 5 by other people each day, using the #SciArt hashtag...

March 13, 2015 — Glendon Mellow
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine