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Juvenile Brachiosaur © Glendon Mellow

These are my unexpected deer in the woods.

My chop wood, carry water.

My contemplation of water flowing over pebbles.

My deep breaths.

Standing within the Royal Ontario Museum, sketching fossil skulls.

Pachycephalosaurus © Glendon Mellow

Gryposaurus © Glendon Mellow

Oviraptor © Glendon Mellow

Allosaurus © Glendon Mellow

Stegoceras © Glendon Mellow

More people should take up sketching as a way of regaining composure in their lives.

(Note: some of these sketches have appeared before on The Flying Trilobite.)

Glendon Mellow About the Author: Glendon Mellow is a fine artist, illustrator and tattoo designer working in oil and digital media based in Toronto, Canada. He tweets @FlyingTrilobite and is on Instagram. You can see Glendon's work-in-progress at The Flying Trilobite blog and portfolio at Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

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  1. 1. David_Bressan 4:52 pm 07/31/2013

    Remembers me the “essay”-book by M.R. Canfield “Field Notes on Science & Nature” (2011) on the importance of making notes or drawing what seen in the field – also had to draw fossils & dissected animals / thin sections of rocks to “immerge” in the subject. I sometimes think if I had attended professional drawing-courses or such would be part of the scientific education would be a great improvment – need still today often sketches or drawings to explain concepts or geological situation – but (maybe) as non-professional artist you tend to overcomplicate drawings or try to get to much with your poor skills

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  2. 2. Glendon Mellow 1:05 pm 03/19/2014

    I should note, the Gryposaurus is incorrectly labeled: that is from the Maiasaurus that stands in front of the Gryposaurus. Can’t believe I made that rookie mistake back when I did that sketch, years ago!

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