A Definition of Covfefe

A clay-based pigment, #covfefe was popular in Russian Neo-Classical paintings depicting decadents in orange drapery. (Anton Losenko, 1763) pic.twitter.com/WNgrw1T2BR— Glendon Mellow (@FlyingTrilobite) May 31, 2017 Even in my jokey shit-tweets, I still credit the artist.— Glendon Mellow (@FlyingTrilobite) May 31, 2017 One more entry into last night's meme-fest on the US President's bizarrely unfinished, long-published typo:"...Covfefe" https://t.co/CR52jO7dba pic.twitter.com/GYNbM6Xg9U— Mellow Covfefe (@FlyingTrilobite) May 31, 2017

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A Decade: The Flying Trilobite blog turns 10 today

As of today, The Flying Trilobite blog celebrates 10 years of surreal scientific illustration!Please enjoy this embarrassing throwback blog banner.  *shiver* there's a decent painting hidden somewhere under lens flare and Trebuchet.  My sincere thanks to everyone who has popped in and out of my fine art, science communication, social media, and blog writing career so far. It's been appropriately filled with unexpected art and work opportunities, and even more surprising and wonderful friendships. And…

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Solve One Problem, Solve The Next

I've been repeating variations of this quote every day for the past couple of weeks for personal reasons. It's from The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott, screenplay by Drew Goddard, starring Matt Damon as astronaut-botanist Mark Watney.  Solve one problem, solve the next. Shared it on Twitter, and maybe some other people will find it useful today. Been repeating parts of this to myself a lot the past few weeks, for personal reasons. From the movie, "The…

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How To Talk To a Roomful of Artists Who Are Better Than You

Here are my public speaking tips when speaking to a roomful of artists who are better than you. Okay, first let's define "better".I have an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts, and tend to paint dead ocean critters with ridiculous wings on them.I have spoken to artist groups such as Association of Medical Illustrators and Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, many of whom have graduated from programs like the Biomedical Communications Graduate program at the University of…

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The Chemistry of Oil Painting

What chemical properties give oil paintings their luminous glow and deep darkness?Why do they crack?What kind of oil is used?Is it safe to use the oil painting medium on a fresh dandelion salad? The old Symbiartic blog banner started out as oil on slate. Tough to photograph, fun to scan. I have no patience and scanned it wet. As an oil painter for the past 20+ years who used to manage at a fine art…

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13 Things I’ve Learned About Being A Science Artist Online

GET OUT THERE AND MAKE SURPRISING NEW CONNECTIONS.(ARTHROPOD MEETING © GLENDON MELLOW) After celebrating 9 years of blogging on The Flying Trilobite, I’m going to get all old guard and pompous and established and drop some wisdom about best practices for science artists online.Show off. Saying “I am too busy making art to spend time online” means you are too busy making art no one will see. Visual art is a performance art.Yes I said…

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Beefy arm and theropod doodles

A few doodles while away at a friends' cottage for the Victoria Day weekend. Originally shared on my Twitter and Instagram.    Turning a sketchy doodle into a beefy guy's tattoo. Anatomy and planes all screwed up. Don't care. Cottage doodle. #longweekend #sketch  ...and now there's an inked theropod. #sketching Theropod sketch. #doodling #sciart   Amazing how good carving a little time for some undirected sketching feels. Like aligning bicycle brakes. And I think I could…

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