The ART Evolved blog I loosely administrate for (the heavy work being done by Craig Dylke, Peter Bond and Mo Hassan) has been doing extremely well the past year, with more and more talented people contributing not just to the themed galleries, but also to some fascinating posts.
It's what we wanted for the site: artists and researchers and dino fans enjoying the art and thoughts about creating it. Spin off blog posts (like this one) are becoming more common as people choose long-form comments on their own site about happenings at the ART Evolved hub.
Recently, a student researcher approached ART Evolved with ideas for a contest for artwork through the site's loose network of members and contributors, the prize being that the unpaid work would appear in a presentation in front of some paleontology luminaries. Already our decision to post something about the contest for contributors has met some justified criticism.
I commented the following on ART Evolved, but thought I would post it again here for my slightly different readership.
What do artists think? What do researchers using art think?
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Original artwork on The Flying Trilobite Copyright to Glendon Mellow
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