Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Trilobite Boy: The Escape -sketch


                                 

Need to get back into my groove. Here's a new Trilobite Boy piece I'm working on. Long way to go. 
ArtRage for iPad with Intuos Stylus. 

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Trilobite Boy face

Trilobite Boy work-in-progress. Messing with my Intuos Creative Stylus and ArtRage for iPad. 
                    

                                 


Should have a review up on Symbiartic about the stylus next week! 

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Finally!

This is as exciting (I hope) as when I switched from watercolour to oil paint. 



Works with ArtRage on my iPad. Thanks Vistek for the special order! 

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Autumn Ent, coming along


                                 

Bit more done on this Autumn Ent during my lunch break today. 
Pencil on Moleskine, painted with ArtRage for iPad. 

Aaaaaalmost where I want it. 

Friday, 1 November 2013

The Unfinished Pumpkin

                    

Here's the Jack O'Lantern sketch I didn't finish this week. Ah well. 

Took the two year old out for a Hallowe'en last night. "Let's go to the next spooky house!" The. Best. Time. 

Above sketch done on my iPad using Sketch Club. 

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Trilobite Boy through the eyes of Eric Orchard

I think this is the first time in my life I have ever commissioned a painting. And I'm stunned by its strange and wonderful otherness. Go check out my character Trilobite Boy as painted by award winning illustrator and my good friend Eric Orchard

On Symbiartic, the art and science blog on Scientific American. 


Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Quick self portrait

                    
                     


A quick self portrait. Sketch Club on iPad. 

Apparently that's not my good side. Hopefully this will get easier with a stylus instead of my finger. 

I like this part, though: 

                    


Monday, 21 October 2013

New custom Flying Trilobite iPad case

Those designs I was playing with recently were for a custom iPad case for my new iPad. 

                    
Arrived today. RedBubble does such great work. 

Here's the design itself.
                            
 I wanted something a little more subtle than the bright saturated colours of my iPhone case. Very happy with this. 

Are there any other designs from glendonmellow.com you'd like to see as an iPad case? 

Sunday, 20 October 2013

This is why

This is why I bought myself an iPad last week.

            


ArtRage is so satisfying. Can't wait to get the Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus to go with it! 

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Finally joining the future

Bought an iPad. Can't wait to get a Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus next: you can bet I'll review it on Symbiartic on Scientific American! 

        

Friday, 11 October 2013

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Trilobite Boy face sketch

Took some time on this before work today. Trilobite Boy face in pencil, to be digitally painted later. 

Should he be wearing a necktie? Denim jacket? Why am I getting a "Robert Smith for The Cure" vibe off of this? 

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Knowledge Pupates [wip]



Lately I need a warm-up to get back into my commissions, so I've been spending a few minutes here and there with this old drawing, re-painting it with ArtRage. I think the pencils are about 15 years old.

It might appear on Symbiartic in its final form. 

The ebook I have planned will likely be this style, or something close to it. Pieces like this help me think about it.

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Ent in Autumn, work-in-progress



Worked on this some more this evening while waiting for my son to fall asleep. Kid has such an imagination.

Not done yet. Pencil, imported into my iPhone 4 and painted with the Sketch Club app. 

Monday, 12 August 2013

That Little Glow

Just sent final art off to a client. Feels good to have accomplished some illustration work before 7am on a Monday. That Little Glow. 

It isn't the pic below though: can't show everyone yet!



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Friday, 2 August 2013

Playing with Watery Trilobites

Been really enjoying painting with my new ArtRage 4 - and I find myself just addicted to messing with the images with various filters in the Halftone app afterward. 

So, that painting I made the other night when I couldn't sleep?  This one?


Yeah; underneath some of the layers it actually started out as more of just a watercolour. 

The shape is a bit different because I painted two layers and then hid this one.

And then I decided to email it to myself, save to my iPhone and play with it in Halftone. 
Here's some watery trilobites. 

I've really been enjoying black, grey and stark white images lately. 

If you haven't tried ArtRage before, I highly recommend it: the watercolours and inks have me hooked and the oil mixing is amazing. Perfect for traditional painters making a transition to digital. 
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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Distressed and Fit for a Saloon

Playing with ArtRage 4. Then run through the Halftone app for a filter I like.


A Flying Trilobite for 2013. 

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Monday, 15 July 2013

Biology Drug





In university I was asked regularly what I was smoking or doing to come up with ideas in my paintings. 


Answer was I was reading biology. 
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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Trilobite Boy has cracks in his fossil face

Instead of acne, suffers from fissures in his fossil face. Start of a new sketch on my work break. 


Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Regaining That Edge


The eternal debate. After the toddler is good and asleep, do I stay up late and work on contracts? Or get up extra early in the morning? 

Mug design by Glendon Mellow, commissioned by Scicurious

Back when I worked at the art store (before the kid) I would get up around 5a.m. and make art or blog. Then, I'd be thinking about what I had worked on all day and I'd feel good about it. But something happened after being a stay at home dad for almost a year. I've become a night person. An ineffective, exhausted, but can't-get-to-sleep night person. 

So I needed something stronger than coffee to help. Something to help me regain that edge.

That's right: two coffees. 

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Sunday, 9 June 2013

A Few Flying Trilobite Facebook Stats



After The Flying Trilobite reached 600+ Likes on Facebook recently, I thought I'd take a look at some of the stats. 


Click to enlarge. As of 9 June 2013.


The stat I like best is that among my most popular age range, 25-34 year olds, the gender divide is pretty close to even. Nice to know my niche paintings are close to gender neutral in appeal. 

Another stat you don't see here, is that though I currently have 580+ friends on Facebook, only 191 of them also Like the art page. For a long time, I've mostly posted separate items on the wall, saving the double-posts for ones I found the most important. Now I'm not so sure if I should bother. Maybe I'll post things at different times of day so it's less repetition in people's streams (though they could silence one or the other). 

Facebook is also giving me $50 of advertising money since I hit 600 Likes: not sure yet what I'll do with it. See if I can post an animated gif of a flying trilobite being swatted with a flyswatter? 

What is it readers like about the page?  Let me know! 

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Thursday, 6 June 2013

Tip-Top Steam-Powered Robot

Pencil drawing painted on my iPhone 4 with Sketch Club. I think this one is complete now. 

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Trilobite Boy Leaping

Quick lunchtime sketch 

Trilobite Boys - Big Plans, Little Brains

A real birthday treat! 

Morgan Jackson, sent me this wonderful mash-up via Twitter this morning:


He even dug deep into my bloggy archives and included Ana and her pet Opabinia
Thanks Morgan!  Funny stuff. And yeah, his Trilobite Boy's (or should I call him T-Boy?  Seems more appropriate) habit of wearing white tanks fits in perfectly. I'll have to illustrate him in plaid next. 

Love this

Friday, 24 May 2013

Smudgy Clouds and Art Conventions

Sometimes real life looks kind of fake. Or it would if you tried to paint it. Lurid pink, purple and orange sunsets. Up close detail of tree bark. 


Or this morning's low hanging clouds over Toronto. They look like poor use of the Photoshop smudge tool. 

When painting, we sometimes stick to conventions based on viewer expectation instead of what nature actually looks like. It's rooted in the same impulse that children use when always picking blue for colouring skies even though in they may just as often be grey. 

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

1st Astronaut Hero



Our son Calvin, age 2, watching Commander Hadfield sing Bowie's Space Oddity a few hours before touchdown. 

Calvin tried to sing along about "he puts on his helmet" and "big giant Jupiter in the sky-y-y..."

Friday, 3 May 2013

Stegoceras sketch ii

Refined this sketch a little more on my lunch break today. Getting me warmed up for a late night binge of drawing commissions.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Bora Zivkovic to Visit Toronto

Bora Zivkovic

The Blogfather himself, Bora Zivkovic of Scientific American, ScienceOnline, OpenLab and circadian-rhythm-awesomeness is coming to Toronto next week!

Bora will be giving a talk at my alma mater York University, about Science and the New Media Ecosystem from 2:00-3:30. 

Here's the deets:

Science and the New Media Ecosystem

Bora Zivkovic, Blog Editor at Scientific American
Monday, May 6, 2013, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Paul Delaney Gallery, Room 320, Bethune College
York University, Toronto
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Abstract: The whole media landscape is shifting and changing – newspapers on the decline with blogs, Twitter and YouTube on the rise.
Science is no different. Come listen to one of the pioneers of online science communication talk about how this new media landscape is shaping how science is done, evaluated and communicated in an increasingly connected world.

John Dupuis, the Science Librarian with Bora Zivkovic from ScienceOnline2012.

There's also going to be a tweet-up Monday night! Check out the Facebook page, and here's the info: Monday May 6th, 7pm Duke of York Tavern. Map. Thanks so much to John Dupuis for organizing these events, (and Romeo Vitelli for starting the FB page!)

Both events are open to the public. I'll be at the tweet-up for sure, so say hi to the guy with the winged trilobite tattoo on his arm!



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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

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Sunday, 21 April 2013

Dimetrodon Sphinx, painted on my iPhone


Over the past few years, I've done more versions of this character and image than I can count. It's an exercise in poor background environment planning. These are no different. 

My idea for the Dimetrodon Sphinx goes back quite a ways, but at its root has to do with my love for blending mythology and prehistoric creatures, much like the chimaeric flying trilobites. If the Sphinx is an archetype of ancient tricks and wisdom, I thought a predatory dimetrodon is sufficiently old and strange enough to create a half-human with. I have some further ideas for her, and she'll be appearing in the ebook story I've started working on. 

So here are a couple of versions of my Dimetrodon Sphinx drawing painted using Sketch Club on my iPhone 4; square ones were put through Instagram afterward. 

Pleased with the sky in this one. 

Out of the four of them, I like this one best.  



See other versions here

Here's the drawing I started from. Should have taken the time on the iPhone to highlight her lizardy feet and human hands some more. 


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