“Bob the Keel-billed Toucan,” Daniel D. Brown, 2015, Pastel Pencil

Another bird I initially photographed at the National Aviary. Truly beautiful creatures, these birds. This one is 8×10″ on Pastelmat.

Original is SOLD

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"Bob the Keel-billed Toucan"
“Bob the Keel-billed Toucan”
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“Benito the Hyacinth Macaw,” Daniel D. Brown, 2015, Pastel Pencil

I really got a great bunch of photographs from my most recent trip to the National Aviary with my wife. Needless to say, they have been a huge inspiration in my pastel drawings. This is “Benito” the Hyacinth macaw that lives at the Aviary. He is almost ALWAYS putting on a show when I visit, hanging upside down, stretching his wings, making a racket, or grooming the other macaw.

This piece is 11×14”.

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"Benito" the Hyacinth Macaw
“Benito” the Hyacinth Macaw
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“Kaimana,” Daniel D. Brown, 2015, Pastel Pencil

A recent commission of this wonderful labrador/pitt bull mix named “Kaimana” or just “Kai.”  He’s also my neighbor.

Original is SOLD

"Kaimana" 2015, Daniel D. Brown, pastel pencil
“Kaimana”
2015, Daniel D. Brown, pastel pencil
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Framed
And here's the pup with his portrait
And here’s the pup with his portrait

“Sentience,” Daniel D. Brown, 2014, Pastel Pencil

I must say, I put more work into this piece than any other I’ve ever done. I literally spent months working on it in short bursts, followed by a couple of weeks of more intense work. I lost count of how many dozens of hours went into it. The reference photo I used was taken by the excellent breast cancer scientist (and my colleague) Dr. Ryan Hartmaier at the Pittsburgh zoo.

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"Sentience" Daniel D. Brown, 2014, pastel pencil, 11 x 14"
“Sentience”
Daniel D. Brown, 2014, pastel pencil, 11 x 14″
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My work featured at my local (and favorite) art supply store!

I absolutely love Artist and Craftsmen Supply Store in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh. I find myself there almost weekly, whether I need anything or not. It helps that I live nearby. The employees never cease to be friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. They feature local artists every month behind the front counter, and I recently got a turn. Works shown are “…some nuts, grapes, and a slice of mango,” “The Legacy of Shakespeare,”Stripes,” and “Tiger Shark.”

On display at Artist & Craftsmen Supply
On display at Artist and Craftsmen Supply