Teetering and Tottering Toward Epic Awesomeness


Busy, busy, crash.

2012 started off with a computer suffering from so many problems I'm exhausted enough to skip completely over what exactly happened, except to say a hearty thank you to my good friend Rudi for getting things humming again.

Means I'm in catch-up mode, teetering and tottering between equally important projects with looming deadlines and images I can't show you until I'm done, thus the repeat of our man Trilobite Boy up there.

So what am I working on?

-Mainly, being a stay-at home dad, for realz. Our son just turned 1 shortly after Krismas.  He's practicing walking, talking is ever more specific and complicated, and he's really really adept at saying, "No, Dada" in a world-weary way that lets others know how much he puts up with.  He's amazing every single day, and my wife is the main reason.

-I do so freelance social media promotion for a big Canadian retailer when he naps.  Was doing some from my iPhone during the crashed computer days.

-For Symbiartic, the art+science blog on Scientific American, there are a ton of half-complete interviews and posts and feelers sent out. Lots to come there, some artists and discussions I've wanted to have since before launch. There's no shortage of material to cover, and I'm hoping to get some more, shorter, "gee whiz looks at this image" posts up to go along with the usual discussions that get started. I'm lucky to be writing alongside my co-blogger Kalliopi Monoyios, mainly because her posts continue to surprise me. The whole network at Scientific American is pretty amazing, and I have a ton of new-favourite bloggers now, not least of which is Alex Wild's Compound Eye.

-ScienceOnline2012 is coming up fast, and I'll be involved in 2 discussions and I'm co-curating the science-art show. More on that over the next few days in some new posts. (Yes we've decided what we be in the show! Everyone should receive emails by Monday morning.)

-In addition, I'm plugging away having a merry time working on my first actual scientific illustration (not surreal, no arthropod-human hybrids or winged sealife).  Can't wait to share.

So what's on the launchpad for The Flying Trilobite?

-March 2012 will be The Flying Trilobite's 5th blogiversary online, and I plan to mark it with a Bold! New! Direction! for Trilobite Boy and some regularity to the artwork that fizzled out with my short-lived webcomic last year.  I made some progress over the non-computer days on that front, and I'm excited about where's it's going to go. Should I reveal it?

Spoiler-->  The plan is one comic book cover a month, painted, showing Trilobite Boy's  adventures.  Or at least teasing at them. And there will be some *ahem* hidden things. Can't say any more than that.

-Hopefully I'll be able to do another contest for the 5th Blogiversary celebrations as well.

-I'm also planning on more tutorials using oil paint and ArtRage in the coming months, to share how I do what I do.

-Sales in my online store were up a bit in 2011 from 2010, and I'm hoping to get them up higher with some of the projects I have planned this year. Calendars collections still available, and you can choose the start month!

Thanks to everyone who visited and commented on The Flying Trilobite last year - I'm hoping 2012 will be full of epic awesomeness and world trilobite domination.







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Merry Krismas, Trilobiteers!

Tra-la-la-la-lobite © Glendon Mellow
Make sure to read about the true meaning of Krismas for many of us on The Meming of Life with Dale McGowan.

Krismas, as defined by Jacob Walker:

Krismas is a secular holiday that celebrates the myth of Kris Kringle, commonly known as Santa Claus. It happens on December 25th of each year, and is also closely associated with Krismas Eve, which occurs December 24th… Krismas is about giving gifts, especially those “from the heart”; it is about the magic of childhood; it is about peace on earth; and it is about goodwill towards humankind, and anything else you wish it to mean that does not involve the Jesus as a savior bit. 
Merry Everything to Everyone!

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Valentine Card

©  Glendon Mellow

This is the Valentine's Day card I made for Michelle this year.  The bottom image of the bumblebee is from the envelope. It's my first drawing of Calvin, based on the photos from when he was newborn.

My wife is awesome and now we have an awesome baby.


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Do not reproduce this image, please. Kinda personal, ya know?

Science-Art Scumble #8: Super Holiday Special!

Scumble:
"A painting technique in which semi-opaque or thin opaque colors are loosely brushed over an underpainted area so that patches of the color beneath show through." 
From The Artist's Handbook, by Ray Smith.  


A weekly digest to highlight some of the posts I found most interesting, most provocative, or otherwise caught my eye from the Science Artists Feed, and other sources. Sit back, have a cinnamon-laced eggnog and enjoy.


There are enough Holiday pieces of science-based art out there, I hadda put them into one post!  Please enjoy this special edition of the Science-Art Scumble.

Click here for earlier scumbles.



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Holiday Card Candidate, Clever Girl.  Double does of holiday fun!  Jennifer Hall's Christmas card plus check out her blog banner. Does the Abominable Snowman proud, that does.

Tomorrow Night: "The Vast Santanic Conspiracy: Is St. Nick the Tool of a Plot too Monstrous To Mention?" With Cult-Author Mark Dery at Observatory, Morbid Anatomy.

Holiday Wish List 2010, Art Works.

Krismas Sketch, The Flying Trilobite.

Imagining Flower Fairies, Gurney Journey.  (My wife and I cover our Christmas tree in fairies, so this counts as holiday art in my book!)

Kroper's Guide to Holiday Shopping, Ataraxia Theatre.

Christmas Paleo-Art, Salaric.

Happy Holidays from Morbid Anatomy and Friends, Morbid Anatomy.

Happy Holidays, The Disillusioned Taxonomist.

Wintry Wishes from Witton, Love in the Time of the Chasmosaurs.

Forgotten Christmas Specials Part 1 and Part 2, Tricia's Obligatory Art Blog!  (Not necessarily science-y, but great clips!)

All the best of the holidays, everyone!  Merry Krismas!
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Krismas sketch

A quick Krismas sketch. 


Click to enlarge. Maybe I'll need to do a Candy Cane Crinoid Forest. Hm.





I love this post by Dale McGowan about "Krismas" as an explanation for how many celebrate the solstice season.  

Some other fun holiday artwork can be found at Rouble Rust, Clever Girl and Eric Orchard

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Sale in my print shop!

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My print shop, hosted by RedBubble is having a sale!  

But only if you use my super-secret coupon. If you purchase anything from my online store between now and November 14th 2010, you'll receive 15% off.  

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Now until November 14th everything is on sale!  The Flying Trilobite Print Shop.

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