“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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Detail (with Crow Pose)
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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)

Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio), Daniel D. Brown, 2012, Pencil

This is a drawing of an Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio) of the “rufous morph” variety. The photo on which it is based was taken by a very nice man named Andy M¢ on Flickr who kindly gave me permission to use it in this artwork (here is the original photo).

Thanks to advice from the talented artist Glendon Mellow, I switched to using mechanical pencil for this drawing instead of traditional wood-encased lead pencils. The level of detail I can get is significantly better with the more-or-less constant diameter mechanical drafting pencil, and will be even greater once I buy a smaller diameter (I used 0.5mm for this one, but kept wishing I had a smaller one).

Side note: in high school, my zoology teacher Mr. Bob Ross once took our class out to the woods around Beaver Lake in Arkansas. There he taught us to actually call screech owls (as well as barred owls). I can’t call the screech owl very well any more, but I can still do a good barred owl. Mr. Ross was also one of my primary inspirations to eventually get my Ph.D. in biology.

Buy the original 8 x 10″ drawing at the Laughing Mantis Etsy store, or a print in the Redbubble or Zazzle stores.

Eastern Screech Owl, Daniel D. Brown, 2012, pencil

 

Eastern Screech Owl, Daniel D. Brown, 2012, pencil - Framed

Prints of this work are available in my Zazzle store.

If you’re so inclined, you can also buy this artwork printed on a tshirt, magnet, or iphone case.

Dr. Kira Krend and “Oahu Amakihi”

So this is pretty rad… here is recent Ph.D. recipient Dr. Kira L. Krend holding up “Oahu Amakihi,” which  I designed specifically for her.  It was commissioned as a graduation present for Kira by her friend, the illustrious scientist/writer Christie Wilcox (of “Observations of a Nerd” fame).

Dr. Kira L. Krend with "Oahu Amakihi"

As mentioned in my original post, the islands in the pond are the Hawaiian islands where Kira studied the Oahu Amakihi honeycreeper (perched on Oahu) and the disease ecology of malaria (mosquito). I couldn’t really figure out a good way to get a Plasmodium into the image…

Buy a print of this piece at the
Laughing Mantis Zazzle store
or buy fancier prints at the
Laughing Mantis RedBubble store.


Oahu Amakihi

Commissioned as a graduation present for a Ph.D. student in Hawaii (notice the islands in the pond) studying the Oahu Amakihi honeycreeper (the bird – note the island it’s perched on) and the disease ecology of malaria (mosquito). Modeled & rendered in Blender 2.57. Post-processing and texture creation in GIMP. Textures based on photos taken by the student.

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Laughing Mantis Zazzle store
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Octopus vs. Velociraptor – T-Shirts!

Do you like Octopuses? How about Dinosaurs?
Then check out this new T-shirt I designed. That’s right – it’s an Octopus eating a Velociraptor in a tree.
(note: this is a compressed jpeg version – the original and t-shirts are much higher quality).

Buy this T-shirt at the
Laughing Mantis Zazzle store.

Octopus vs. Velociraptor - on white
Octopus vs. Velociraptor - White T-shirt
Octopus vs. Velociraptor - Detail

You can get it in black or white (or multiple other colors I believe).

Octopus vs. Velociraptor - Black T-shirt
Octopus vs. Velociraptor - Black T-Shirt

 

It’s basically a re-rendering of my detailed digital artwork “Octopus arborealus”

Ocean Invasion #1: Octopus arborealus
Ocean Invasion #1: Octopus arborealus

Ocean Invasion #9: Lionfish 1, Springbok 0

A voracioius lionfish on the heels of a springbok in the African savannah.

This is the ninth in a series of pieces, “Ocean Invasion,” which finds ocean creatures living in absurd land habitats.

This piece was inspired by a marine biologist friend who is currently studying these invasive fish in Hawaii (Christie Wilcox of the popular “Science Sushi” blog at Discover Magazine).

Buy a print of this piece at the
Laughing Mantis Zazzle store.

Detail: (note – these are compressed jpeg files – the original is much higher quality and resolution)

Lionfish detail
Springbok detail