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Stories by Glendon Mellow

Essential Social Media Sites for Science Illustrators

During my recent talk at the AMI conference about social media and illustration, I skimmed this slide near the end. Talks were intended to be 20 minutes long and I don’t like to rehearse too much: I don’t read off of my slides so I tend to remind myself of the critical points and fret [...]..

August 4, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Why Isn’t More Botanical Art Like This?

Why Isn’t More Botanical Art Like This?

Botanical art has some conventions that have helped the practice remain accurate and disciplined: portions of the plants painted in isolation on white backgrounds; often 1:1 in size with the real plant; typically in watercolour for the range of colours (Opera Pink, anyone?) and known factors in preservation...

July 29, 2014 — Glendon Mellow

The Windings To and Fro

“I know that I am mortal by nature, and ephemeral; but when I trace at my pleasure the windings to and fro of the heavenly bodies I no longer touch the earth with my feet.” -Ptolemy, Ptolemy’s Almagest While I am a also a fan of work more  scientifically accurate in nature, the imaginative leap [...]..

June 29, 2014 — Glendon Mellow

Glendon’s Top 5 Paleoart Books You Must Own

Protoceratops © by John Conway, from All Yesterdays As someone fascinated by prehistoric life during my entire existence, my love for paleoart is experiencing something of a renaissance: I have children now...

June 28, 2014 — Glendon Mellow

Making the Ugly World of Medical Illustration Online Pretty Again

Shortly after my Symbiartic co-blogger Kalliopi has run a workshop about social media for nature & science artists at the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators annual conference in July, I will be speaking about social media for medical illustrators and communicators at the Association of Medical Illustrators annual conference at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, [...]..

June 1, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
The Pitiful Human Lizard has Arrived

The Pitiful Human Lizard has Arrived

Toronto’s newest superhero accidentally trashes the Royal Ontario Museum. And although the ROM is my favourite place in Toronto, I enjoyed every page turning moment.

May 30, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
The Other Immortality

The Other Immortality

Students like I once was, Copying studies like Dürer once made, Of a skull, once with a name. Just like our genes, little carbon marks drift little changes over time.

May 1, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Scatter, Adapt, and Remember

Scatter, Adapt, and Remember

“If you think Humans are destroying the planet in a way that’s historically unprecedented, you’re suffering from a species-level delusions of grandeur.” -Annalee Newitz, Scatter Adapt, and Remember Perhaps it’s having a 3 month old baby in the house (our second), but I’ve been thinking about the apocalypse more than normal...

April 30, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Pinch of Pigment: Cobalt Blue

Pinch of Pigment: Cobalt Blue

Cobalt Blue is a fascinating colour with a much longer history than many pigments in use today. It’s also the only goblin hiding in the Periodic Table.

April 30, 2014 — Glendon Mellow

A Fleeting Molecular Kiss

Best viewed at 1080p In addition to creating science-art and blogging here on Symbiartic, I work at INVIVO Communications in QA and social media. One of the absolute treats in my day to day job is getting to watch gorgeous 3D animation about health, pharmaceutical mechanisms of action and medical devices...

April 28, 2014 — Glendon Mellow

Pinch of Pigment: Mummy Brown

Many of the early Pre-Raphaelite paintings may have paint made from dead Egyptians. Considered to be a highly variable pigment between raw umber (almost greenish brown) and burnt umber (a ruddier brown), Mummy Brown was a transparent brown good for mixing...

March 31, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Attribution is Catchy

Attribution is Catchy

Credit is Due (The Attribution Song) by Question Copyright and artist-in-residence Nina Paley with Bliss Blood on vocals. By pairing an important message with a catchy tune, the point sticks with you far longer than a © symbol will...

March 30, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
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