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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Get Your Hands Dirty To Do Important Work

Sowing Seeds & Fossils © Glendon Mellow

Get your hands dirty to do important work. 
Dive in, take chances, don't expect shortcuts. 

Be driven by dreams and sweat through labour. 

Like sowing seeds with fossils in the earth. 

Sometimes something astonishing will grow. 


Ammonite Flax Flower © Glendon Mellow

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TEST PATTERN

**TEST PATTERN**


  • If there had actually been a plague of flying trilobites in your area, you would be alerted to report to your nearest government relocation camp for decontamination and flamethrower duty. 
  • Please report possible sightings to black-uniformed visor-wearing authorities in your area. Follow instructions. Then head to nearest government camp for re-education. 
  • Do not attempt to capture specimens from what may be a flying trilobite swarm.
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  • The government will requisition you a flamethrower and futuristic silver thermal protection jumpsuit with nifty yellow stripes. It will cost the taxpayers 
  • ₤ 150 000. 

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**Thanks to Lucy Jain for the writing prompts on Facebook!

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Beetle Week Starts Tomorrow!

Starting tomorrow, 5 days of beetle-y goodness!

Earlier this year, I was commissioned by entomologist and insect photographer 
Morgan Jackson of Biodiversity in Focus to contribute to a soon-to-be-published dead-tree book. The result?  My first series of scientific illustrations, instead of the off-kilter surreal scientific illustrations I'm known for. 

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I learned a lot and I'll be sharing the artwork and techniques starting tomorrow for discussion, review and questions. Join me for Beetle Week here at The Flying Trilobite!


  • Day 1: The Challenge of Scientific Illustration
  • Day 2: Painting Bugs with ArtRage Studio Pro
  • Day 3: Being a Freelancing Dad
  • Day 4: Animated Painting of Trachys
  • Day 5: The Exhibit



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Explosions of activity

Detail from Incredible Hulk Anatomy.

Recent news from my studio:
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The Incredible Hulk Anatomy image did very well. 

  • Published it on Symbiartic, got some good traffic, over 70 Facebook Likes and a few comments there. 
  • Editor-in-chief of io9.com, Annalee Newitz published it there, and it's up to about 24000+ views in 4 days. 
  • This Tumblr-er posted it, and it's been re-shared and Liked more than 370+ times. 
  • I had some fun viewing it on Google Ripples.
  • My Symbiartic post about fine artist Marc Quinn's Self also got a shout-out on Gizmodo.


    I don't have time to do a lot of fan art: but it is a useful tool to getting noticed by a wider crowd, much like how many 90's goth bands did covers of popular Depeche Mode and New Order songs. It's a lot of fun to do though. Wonder what I should tackle next?  Always wanted to finish something with Cloak and Dagger. 

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    I revamped my professional portfolio online. 



Instead of awkwardly grouping artwork by mediums used (painting, drawing) as I used to do, I think I've made it a little more editor and art director friendly by arranging the galleries by topic. 
New galleries are:

Hopefully this makes it easier to navigate. I also tried to pick some really strong images for the first image in each gallery. 
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I'm pretty close to revealing some of the work I did earlier this year. It's my first time doing actual scientific illustration instead of the surreal stuff I'm usually commissioned to do, and I'm really pleased with how they turned out. After doing these, I think I shed my imposter-syndrome that flares up a bit when I consider myself a part of the science blogosphere. #Iamscience

For now, here's a little Instagram-preview of one of the images:

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Expect more posts about this project pretty soon!  There's also 4 more projects in the works...


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Firing up the Trilobite Boy Tumblr once again



In preparation for new Trilobite Boy stories and art coming this summer, I've started posting on the Trilobite Boy Tumblr again. And watch for fresh merchy-merch!



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Trilobite Boy revisited





Another Instagram tweak for fun.  This one might make a nice print for the shop.  Can't wait until my schedule opens up a bit to work on new Trilobite Boy stuff.

Big plans!

One of the things I've been considering is changing his name from Trilobite Boy to something with a name: "Trilobite Elroy" or "Dave" or something.

So here's a handy poll!






If you have suggestions for an actual name or reasons to leave it as Trilobite Boy, please let me know in the comments! 


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