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The Wikipediafication of Fine Art

The Wikipediafication of Fine Art

  Rich Visual Vocabulary A lot of Renaissance art is stuffed with symbols we hardly see now: oh, that orange on the table in Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Wedding?

August 29, 2013 — Glendon Mellow
Talking Visual Communication on BreakingBio

Talking Visual Communication on BreakingBio

Summer went by swiftly, but my words of wisdom shall last throughout the ages. Come and be charmed by Bug Girl, Steven Hamblin and Morgan Jackson, while I deliver my sermon from atop the Canadian peaks of sciart greatness, and spread loaves of sage advice and tattooed goodness to gladden your heart...

August 27, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

Little Museum Sketches

These are my unexpected deer in the woods. My chop wood, carry water. My contemplation of water flowing over pebbles. My deep breaths. Standing within the Royal Ontario Museum, sketching fossil skulls...

July 31, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

The Color of B1000D

Red is a primary color, one of three. Coloratus in Latin means “colored” but also means red. It is a primordial color, despite being commonly found in flowers.

July 30, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

Talking Atheism, Science and Art at FtBCon

Today at 2pm Central, I'm excited to be taking part in FtBConscience: Atheism with a conscience, a free online conference hosted by the Freethought Blog Network.Naturally, I'll be talking about art, science and atheism...

July 20, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

Puzzling out Brain Iconography

Artists who obsess about a subject can fall prey to repetition, and build a career out of what splattered-paint canvas or bowl of fruit after another.

June 30, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

Avenging Feathered Dinosaurs

Cover art to Avengers #12. Art by Dustin Weaver, colours by Justin Ponsor. Avengers © Marvel Comics. Comic books, contrary to popular belief do not ignore science to come up with the fantastic abilities characters have...

June 29, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

Future of the Big Five

Will our desire to hunt remain after we've stripped the Earth of its megafauna? This concept art series-in-progress by Robert Chew focuses on the future of Africa's Big Five - rhinoceras, cape buffalo, elephant, lion and leopard - and seems to suggest a future where the forms linger even if the animals in their natural form do not.Robert Chew is currently working as a freelance concept artist using digital painting and a clear love for mechanical animal forms (check out these bird mecha things)...

June 24, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

Glass Fossils Inspire Molten Dreams

When Mary Anning discovered the first fossil ichthyosaur skeleton along the Blue Lias cliffs of Dorset, could she have dreamed something like this?Amanda Heath is an art teacher and sculptor working in the mixed media of copper, glass and wood, and inspired by the Jurassic coast of Dorset...

June 18, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

Forget Skeuomorphic Illustration

Most scientific illustration strives for realism, skeuomorphic textures of pencil and digital paint to resemble delicate insect wings, contours of a mammalian face or the movement in fluid on the cellular level...

May 31, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

Welcome to the Center for Epigenetic Cloning

Welcome to the Center for Epigenetic Cloning. Within, you will find epigenetic clones of Lady Gaga, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Napoleon and Jesus.From the Center's press release: The procedure is completely noninvasive...

May 30, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

Commander Hadfield Shows Us What Science Communication Could Be. Visually.

Science communication has seldom had a better champion than Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield who just returned to Earth last night.Astronauts tweeting and talking from space is not a new phenomena, and though interesting scientific experiments abound way up on the ISS, they weren't what caught the public's imagination this go round.It was imagery. Imagery lending power to children's questions, imagery inspiring people day after day about our shared home, all with Cmdr Hadfield's excited and accessible nature sharing his experiences...

May 14, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

Build a Bricks & Mortar SciArt Gallery - right now!

Science-artist creator and connoisseur Hayley Gillespie is chasing down a goal that until now I've only daydreamed about: she and the rest of her crew at Art.Science.Gallery are attempting to make a real, bricks & mortar science-art gallery come true!...

May 9, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

Hazy Day in the Cretaceous

Sometimes we just have to put up an image because it calms everything down.This beautiful Protoceratops digital speed painting by scientific illustrator and concept artist Ville Sinkkonen evokes quiet contemplation outdoors...

April 30, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

Mash-Up This! Science Communication's Image Problem

The promised Information Economy based on creative culture is a sweatshop.Award winning illustrators, fine artists, photographers, cartoonists and animators are routinely ripped off, mashed-up, and reshared without attribution, let alone money...

April 24, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

Victorian Wallpaper in Your Lungs

No William Morris didn't design this 18th century simulacrum - it's "a microscopic image of lung surfactant, a lipid-protein material that aids in respiration by reducing the amount of energy needed"...

April 8, 2013 — Glendon Mellow
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Scientific American Unlimited

Scientific American Unlimited