Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Happy 100th Birthday Royal Ontario Museum!


Happy 100th Birthday to the most inspiring place in the city! If it wasn't for the classes I attended as a child, I don't know if I would be the science artist I am today. I'm so excited for the new Early Life Galleries when they eventually open! 

Thanks to all of your scientists and staff on Twitter who have also retweeted my work here on The Flying Trilobite, and on Symbiartic. 

If you'd like to see a small collections of drawings I've made while at the ROM, see this post on Symbiartic, Little Museum Sketches

Friday, 14 March 2014

Rolling science communication uphill


Reminding myself that I roll the science communication career uphill so I can paint things like this for the best clients. Sometimes it's hard to be an advocate for fellow scientific artists and image makers and the respect we are not afforded by the right-click and reshares abused by commercial entities. 

People who should be allies in spreading better science communication who think attribution (let alone permission) is just some sort of unnecessary perk or "nice to have" hurt the most. 

Then I remember projects like the one that spawned this image above. I enjoyed the challenge and was respected and felt like I was contributing to making science better, more interesting, more easily understood. 

Thank you to my wonderful clients and peers. Together, image makers and science communicators can create something better. The internet is only 25 years old. We don't have to settle for what we have now. 

Saturday, 8 March 2014


This marks seventh blogiversary of The Flying Trilobite
Thank you to everyone for their support, commissions and camaraderie over the past 7 years of my evopunk sciart blog!
You're all a bunch of peaches, all a'ya.

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Lochlan Mellow

Dear Everyone-We-Know,

The evolutionary legacy of an upright posture,
a clever mind
opposable thumbs,
acute visual sense,
a talent for pattern-finding
and a love of metaphor
Has been passed down through
an exploded star,
a planet,
to chordates,
to mammals,
to apes,
to humans,
to Michelle and Glendon,
and finally, on January 20th 2014 at 9:20pm to Lochlan Charles Follett Mellow.


Lochlan Mellow has entered the universe's history at 7 lb 12 oz , to the
delight of his family and has all the potential in the world to be a
tool-user, a thinker, a metaphor-maker, an artist, a scientist, a poet, and most likely a source of surprise. 

He joins his excited, caring brother <a href="">Calvin</a>. Calvin has taught us that the growing mind of a baby is a series of mysteries unfolding and being solved. 

Thanks to everyone online and off, for their words of support and enthusiasm. Most of all, our deepest thanks to the nurses, doctors, specialists and students at Mount Sinai Hospital here in Toronto. Both of our sons arrived in the same delivery room (Go room 7!) to talented, kind, enthusiastic faces ready to greet him and show Michelle every courtesy. You all rock. 

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Saturday, 18 January 2014

Assassin's Creed iPad sketch

Quick Assassin's Creed fanart this morning. Using markers in ArtRage for iPad. With my Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus. 

I did the figure first, but here are the background layers: 


And for fun, in sepia using the Halftone app: 

Hmm: dispersion of shadows and highlights is too chaotic. Sketchy sketch is sketchy.

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