“Peregrines Over Pittsburgh,” Daniel D. Brown, 2016, Pastel Pencil

My latest pastel pencil drawing, “Peregrines Over Pittsburgh,” made in August 2016.

I’ve been watching our city’s peregrine falcons for 6 years now, both on webcam as they mate, nest, and raise chicks atop the Cathedral of Learning (seen in the reflection within the eye) and downtown (hence the skyline), as well as in person once the nestlings fledge over Oakland. I consider them to be Pittsburgh’s second avian mascot (behind the Penguin of course) and my favorite creature in the city.

Music: “Acoustic Breeze” http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music

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Peregrines Over Pittsburgh
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And here is a timelapse video of its creation:

“The Workers,” Daniel D. Brown, 2016, Digital

“The Workers” is my latest piece in a series of digital artworks I’ve been creating with the intent of implying fantastical stories with individual beings or groups of beings. It is up to the viewer to create or decipher the story (and so far, I’ve found viewer’s interpretations even more interesting than my own). Also in this series: “The Refugee” and “The Guardian.”

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I actually created two versions of this piece, and I waver in which I like best. But I believe this one is more conducive to story-telling:

“The Workers”
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And here’s the original version (without the HUD or CRT screen effects).

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“Yoga Bird Pants,” Daniel D. Brown, 2015, Digital

My wife is a part time yoga instructor, so for Christmas this year I designed a pair of avian-themed yoga pants (with yoga “bird” poses included), using Adobe Illustrator. I had them printed through Print All Over Me and I have made my design available for others if you wish to purchase them for yourself. They turned out really nice.

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“Yoga Bird Pants” original design
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The estimated layout from the PAOM website. (which is pretty close to identical to the real-life pants on my wife)

“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”
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“Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia),” Daniel D. Brown, 2014, Digital

I spent about two months working on this owl during my lunch breaks. It was created with the Procreate App on an iPad Air and is based on a photo I took at the National Aviary.

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“Burrowing Owl”
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“Woodstock the Golden Conure,” Daniel D. Brown, 2014, Pan Pastel and Pastel Pencil on Pastelmat

This beautiful bird is a Golden Conure (Guaruba guarouba) named “Woodstock” that resided at the National Aviary.

This piece is 240cm x 300cm (~9.5×12″)

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“Ooh! More nectar!” Rainbow Lorikeet, Daniel D. Brown, 2014, Pan Pastel and Pastel Pencil on Pastelmat

I really got a great bunch of photographs from my most recent trip to the National Aviary with my fiance. Needless to say, they have been a huge inspiration in my pastel drawings. This is one of their famed Rainbow Lorikeets (you can feed them nectar!).

This piece is 240cm x 300cm (~9.5×12”)

I love the look he was giving me.

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"Ooh! More nectar!" Rainbow Lorikeet
“Ooh! More nectar!” Rainbow Lorikeet
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“I Hear You Have Crabs,” Daniel D. Brown, 2014, Oil on Canvas and MagicSculpt

 

This is a 3 dimensional painting on 8X8 canvas. The tentacles coming out of the canvas were made from MagicSculpt.

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And here is a little bit of the making of “I Hear You Have Crabs.”

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“Dexter the Brown Pelican”, Daniel D. Brown, 2014, PanPastel and Pastel Pencil

This is “Dexter.” He lives at the National Aviary (go see him!). It’s my latest pastel pencil drawing. This is on 9.5″ x 12″ PastelMat and drawn with PanPastel and Gioconda Pastel Pencils. I’m pretty stoked with how it turned out!

Original is SOLD.

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“Dexter the Brown Pelican”
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