“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.”
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:
“Masked,” Daniel D. Brown, 2016, Digital
Thanks to the completion of a recent commission, I was able to get an incredibly usedul new tool: the Intuos Creative Stylus 2. I used it to draw this raccoon in the Procreate app (my absolute favorite art app) on my old iPad Air. This took about a week to draw (mostly on the bus and in the hours before bed. You can see a timelapse (condensed to a minute) below.
Prints are available on the Laughing Mantis Studio Etsy shop.
“The Guardian,” Daniel D. Brown, 2016, Digital
Here’s a quick work I did on a lazy Sunday. Modeled and rendered in Blender, with some post-processing in Photoshop.
“The Refugee,” Daniel D. Brown, 2013
The story is in the details. I have heard a couple interpretations from viewers, and I must say that I’ve been more entertained by the stories that they saw within this piece than with the one in my head. My goal with this work was to simply make the viewer question the circumstances surrounding the refugee and companion. What do you think is going on?
This is my latest serious attempt at creating a detailed artwork primarily using Blender (with post-processing in Photoshop). I wanted to add even more details but I reached the limits of my laptop processor (and patience). This took about two weeks of pretty constant work in the evenings and weekends. Each object was individually modeled and textured/painted myself (Though my wife came up with the alien writing and the kid’s drawing. NASA provided the earth maps.). Many thanks to Andrew Price at blenderguru.com for his blender tutorials (particularly the one on creating the Earth).
“Beast of the Night,” Daniel D. Brown, 2016, Digital
Just a little sketch I made in Procreate on an IPad Air.
“Ember,” Daniel D. Brown, 2016, Pastel Pencil
14″ x 11″ Pastel Pencil on PastelMat
This is a drawing of the mythical Phoenix, engulfed in flames after resurrection. It is based on an actual photograph I took at the San Diego Zoo. Yes, believe it or not, they have a Phoenix there, although it is of the white ecotype, is not flaming, and is erroneously labeled as a “Secretary Bird”.
“Red-Whiskered Bulbul in Mauritius,” Daniel D. Brown, 2016, Pastel Pencil
My wife and I eloped to South Africa and Mauritius in 2014. One of the most common birds we saw in Mauritius was the red-whiskered bulbul. This particular bird was begging my wife for scraps of an apple she was eating.
“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.
“Night Owl,” Daniel D. Brown, 2015, Digital
This is a digital painting created in “Procreate” on an iPad Air.
“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.
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