Monday 19 October 2009

Art Monday: Science Checkmate

A couple of days ago, I used Photoshop to edit my painting, Science Chess Accommodating Religion. I want to try changing the relationships of the pieces, and making the image more graphic and cartoony so it could appear on a t-shirt. I am thinking about captioning it "Science Checkmate".

Michael Barton, of
The Dispersal of Darwin suggested placing the pieces around the fallen bishop. Great Idea, Michael! It changes the way they appear utterly. Finally, I will need to punch up the whites and reds so it can be printed on fabric with more vibrant and clear colour.
I have to say, I'm working with Photoshop Elements these days, a program that came in in the box with my Wacom Intuos 3 tablet. I didn't use it on my old computer, but Elements (so far) appears to be superior to me old Photoshop CS. The selection brush is one of the coolest things ever. I thought it was just for tracing and it took a moment after selecting the outline of the Mendel piece to realize it simply expands the selection field to wherever you've brushed! It was a magic moment.

I'll post the final cartoony image and t-shirt another day, once it's in the repro shop.

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Jasmine said...

I love your art.

Glendon Mellow said...

Thank you Jasmine! You've got quite a bit of talent yourself!

PraSTAThom said...


Two Flights Down said...

Love these. I'm adding this blog to my reader.

Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks PraSTAThom!

Hey, thanks Two Flights Down! Nice ta meetcha!

Montag said...

This is great.
It is so very obscure.
Your title of Science Checkmate leads us in one direction, but the picture itself is not at all clear that checkmate is a "win".

The pieces stand about the fallen bishop in sorrow and loss in equal measure to victory.

It is ominous.
Very good

Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks Montag!

kate bryan said...

That's incredible. I love everything about it! You should do a series where one said of the chessboard is related to religion and one side dedicated to science, seeing as the two always seem to clash. You are extremely talented.

Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks Dance Tiger!

I have whole bunch of other pieces on both sides in my sketchbook that never made it into the final. Perhaps I'll play with them again.

The Nerd said...

Wow, these are great!

Glendon Mellow said...

Hey, thanks Nerd!

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