“Stripes”, Daniel D. Brown, 2013, PanPastel and Pastel Pencil

Finally getting a decent hang of combining PanPastels and Gioconda pastel pencils on PastelMat (oh and a decent amount of black and white charcoal for highlighting in this piece). I love this stuff.

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"Stripes"
“Stripes”
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“Swallowtail”, Daniel D. Brown, 2013, PanPastel and Pastel Pencil

This is a pastel pencil drawing featuring a swallowtail butterfly scene I captured in a field in central North Carolina near Pilot Mountain.
It’s my second major attempt at PanPastels and Gioconda pastel pencils on PastelMat.

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"Swallowtail Butterfly"
“Swallowtail Butterfly”
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“Killer the Green-Winged Macaw”, Daniel D. Brown, 2013, PanPastel and Pastel Pencil

This is “Killer,” a green-winged macaw that resides at the National Aviary. This is my first proper attempt at using PanPastels on PastelMat. I’m fairly happy with how it turned out. It’s based on a photo I took at the National Aviary.

The original drawing was SOLD (donated to the National Aviary for the Wings and Wildlife Artshow and Benefit Auction).

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"Killer the Green-Winged Macaw"
“Killer the Green-Winged Macaw”
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Barred Owl (Strix varia), Daniel D. Brown, 2013, Pencil

I’ve been fascinated with barred owls since I was a kid. In fact the man who was most influential in me becoming a biologist, Mr. Bob Ross, twice taught me to call these birds in the Ozark Mountains (he was quite an amazing zoology teacher in Arkansas). Their call sounds something like “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?”

 

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"Barred Owl"
“Barred Owl”
"Barred Owl"
“Barred Owl”

 

Gorilla, Daniel D. Brown, 2012, Pencil

This gorilla drawing is based on a photograph taken by Rick Horton. I chose to draw it for the simple reason that I think the gorilla’s pose perfectly captures both the beauty and similarity to ourselves, as well as the sadness of the decline of our cousins, highlighted by his facial expression and presence in an obviously captive setting. All gorillas are either endangered or critically endangered (though I’m not sure the exact subspecies of this guy).

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Gorilla, Daniel D. Brown, 2012, Pencil

Gorilla, Daniel D. Brown, 2012, Pencil - framed

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird: Mother and Chick, Daniel D. Brown, 2012, Pencil

This drawing is based on a photograph of a family of hummingbirds my aunt captured in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.

This piece fits nicely is in an 8×10” frame. Note: all of my drawings on Etsy are the ORIGINAL drawings – not prints.

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Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds: Mother and Chick, Daniel D. Brown, 2012, Pencil

Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds: Mother and Chick, Daniel D. Brown, 2012, Pencil
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Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds: Mother and Chick, Daniel D. Brown, 2012, Pencil
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