Before I began blogging over 7 years ago, I was already putting bat and insect wings on the extinct aquatic arthropods known as trilobites.

Let's not get into why I am fascinated with the idea of flying trilobites right this minute. I paint them with oil on stone and digitally, I doodle them in meetings, I designed one tattooed on my arm. And I play with variations of flying trilobites from time to time. Back in 2009, I played with making dirigible and trilobite-copters.

A sketchy little trilobite copter from 2009. © Glendon Mellow

There's a book burning inside of me. Perhaps creating it will burn out this obsession for painting trilobites. I will be spent, the marathon I've been training for, over. I don't know. Right now I must run. I have so little time, father of two young kids, working 3 jobs the way artists do. I picture the book as an alternating series of paintings, with the naturalist-protagonist searching for various forms of flying trilobites. All the while, he is so laser-focused, he cannot see the other remarkable things around him in his strange world. That's the idea.

When I couldn't sleep recently, I sketched this out on my iPad, using ArtRage and my Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus.

Trilobite Copter iPad sketch. A screenshot of my quick sketch to capture the mood and possible colours. © Glendon Mellow

The work for our September SciArt Blitz by my supremely talented co-bloggers Kalliopi Monoyios and Katie McKissick raised the bar. I thought this would be an interesting piece to refine as my contribution to our Blitz.

I sketched some more, .3mm pencil on Bristol paper.

Sketch for the Trilobite Copter. Refining the form. © Glendon Mellow

But a sketch won't do, now will it? I know. I recently received a copy of ArtRage 4.5 for review (been a big fan since 2.5). I'll paint it.

Work-in-progress, Trilobite Copter. © Glendon Mellow. This screen capture of ArtRage 4.5 shows why I am such a fan of ArtRage:for a traditionally trained painter like me, this is like having a palette and toolkit instead of drop down menus.

But the insomnia from last week went away. Exhaustion is back. This painting is unfinished.

Our SciArt Blitz may be over, but we all still have work to do. Don't stop creating. Go go go go go go

We will each be unable to hold a brush before we've finished painting everything. Seize the days and nights.

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For the third year running, we are turning September into a month-long celebration of science artists by delivering new sciart to invade your eyeballs. The SciArt Blitz! Can’t get enough? Check out what was previously featured on this day:

 

 

2013: Putting the Illustrations Before the Text - art by Kalliopi Monoyios

 

2012: Hyperdimensional Suffering - art by Salvador Dalí