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Help Us Start a SciArt Tweet Storm

Help Us Start a SciArt Tweet Storm

In addition to being artists ourselves, the Symbiartic team hopes to help advance the presence of images in science communication and culture.

March 1, 2015 — Glendon Mellow
Quick Twitter Tip for Attributing Art

Quick Twitter Tip for Attributing Art

When I see some amazing art posted on Twitter without attribution to the creator, especially by someone in science communication, I kind of lose it.

February 28, 2015 — Glendon Mellow
What Can We Learn From Renaissance Vegetables?

What Can We Learn From Renaissance Vegetables?

Just throwing this out there. Has there been an attempt to track the meandering flow of selective breeding of fruits, vegetables and flowers by using still life paintings since the Renaissance?...

February 28, 2015 — Glendon Mellow
A Perfect Museum Photo

A Perfect Museum Photo

Liz Butler and a young artist hard at work at the ROM. Photo by Kiron Mukherjee. This photo, taken a few weeks at the Royal Ontario Museum by ROMKids Assistant Coordinator/force of nature Kiron Mukherjee, captures a perfect museum moment...

February 22, 2015 — Glendon Mellow
Girl Discovers the Hugs Bison

Girl Discovers the Hugs Bison

The elusive Hugs Bison has been found. Brilliant visual wordplay by the always delightful Niroot Puttapipat. We featured some of his drawings on Symbiartic back in August, and make sure you’re following his new Instagram account @himmapaan...

February 1, 2015 — Glendon Mellow
Trilobite in Glass

Trilobite in Glass

Trilobite Stained Glass © Bill Porter Trilobite Stained Glass © Bill Porter It is a pipe dream of mine to one day purchase a cathedral and transform it into a giant temple of science...

January 31, 2015 — Glendon Mellow
Cash is Bad for Creativity? Yeah, Right

Cash is Bad for Creativity? Yeah, Right

A discussion once again erupted this month, fuelled by rapid re-sharing of the headline, “Why cash and copyright are bad for creativity” and a post on The Conversation by Dan Hunter...

January 31, 2015 — Glendon Mellow
Designing Science Tattoos

Designing Science Tattoos

Ink and bones. Depictions of rocky matrix embedded under the skin. Time for a peek at some science tattoo designs, including one I have not shown before: Some of the most rewarding work I do from time to time is designing science-inspired tattoos...

January 28, 2015 — Glendon Mellow
Father Time Overcome by Hope, Love and Beauty

Father Time Overcome by Hope, Love and Beauty

It is not enough to see the ugliness of 2014 overcome by the grind of time and the ball drop of New Year’s Eve. We should want the exhausting and terrible year to be overcome by memories of 2014′s hope, love and beauty, just as in this Baroque era painting by French artist Simon Vouet...

December 31, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Paintings under an iPhone Olloclip

Paintings under an iPhone Olloclip

I can’t help myself. I take a lot of pictures using my macro lenses on my Olloclip for iPhone. Leaves, snow, thistles and teasels, rocks and skin.

December 31, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Pinch of Pigment: Can Black Paint be Vegan?

Pinch of Pigment: Can Black Paint be Vegan?

Vegan, but not edible. [Photo by the author] A surprising amount of art can be made by tools that have been burnt in a fire. Willow or vine charcoals are made from charred willow or vine branches...

December 30, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
A Farewell to Peers

A Farewell to Peers

The Symbiartic team (Katie McKissick, Glendon Mellow, Kalliopi Monoyios) are sad to say farewell to the blogs and their bloggers that left the Scientific American blog network earlier this month...

December 27, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
A Riot of Color Covers SciArt in America for December

A Riot of Color Covers SciArt in America for December

The cover to the December issue of SciArt in America magazine is like an explosion in my face. Check out the insane post-apocalyptic enviro-nightmare by painter Alexis Rockman: One of my favourite things about SciArt in America as a magazine, site, and brick & mortar center is that it largely was created out of the ethos, [...]..

December 1, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Jurassic World Butting Heads with PaleoIllustrators

Jurassic World Butting Heads with PaleoIllustrators

Once again, paleo-illustrators are being alienated from a movie they could probably love. At least a few paleo-illustrators are discovering their work has been put up on the Jurassic World “as-if-it-was-a-real-park” promotional website without their permission...

November 30, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Travel the Solar System! See Distant Worlds!

Travel the Solar System! See Distant Worlds!

Mars – Valles Marineris © Ron Guyatt Sol System – Meteor Shower © Ron Guyatt In an explosion of heroic art deco design, illustrator and designer Ron Guyatt has created a massive series of posters making our own solar system fascinating again...

November 30, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Those Wild Little Trilobites

Those Wild Little Trilobites

Triloarte 1 © Samantha Fermo     Triloarte 6 © Samantha Fermo Triloarte 8 © Samantha Fermo Trilobites, in all their wild and crazy biodiverse forms, look delightful in this series by Italian painter Samantha Fermo...

November 29, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Painting Across Astronomical Units

Painting Across Astronomical Units

What we find in space continues to challenge our imaginations, and we haven’t even discovered extraterrestrial life yet. Last week,  in Caleb Scharf’s post Astrobiology Roundup: Planets, Moons, and Stinky Comets, he featured the bizarre visualization above...

November 4, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Build-A-Monster From the Inside Out

Build-A-Monster From the Inside Out

Spongelab has taken their popular Build-a-Body educational anatomy app and given it a Halloween makeov- umm, makeover is the wrong word. Halloween skin?

October 31, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Unsettling Blood

Unsettling Blood

Fine artist Elaine Whittaker is challenging us to see ourselves through the eyes of one of humanity’s greatest killers. Take a close look.

October 31, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Will SciArt Find a Foothold on Ello?

Will SciArt Find a Foothold on Ello?

Ello and their “you are not a product” manifesto swept through social media discourse like an eyeless smiling tornado a few weeks ago.

October 28, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
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