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Lucky me! Two of my works, “Longing” and “I Hear You Have Crabs,” have been accepted into the “Wild Things Public Art Installation & Exhibition” juried by Cynthia Shaffer at Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. I feel incredibly honored to have been selected!

The opening reception is on April 4th, 2014 and the exhibition will run until June 21st, 2014.

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“Longing” Daniel D. Brown 2014 Pastel Pencil and PanPastel

“I Hear You Have Crabs” Daniel D. Brown 2014 8″ x 8″ oil on canvas and MagicSculpt

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This is my most recent pastel work – the largest I’ve done yet (14″ x 11″) thanks to the new Pastelmat I just received.

This is a Pseudeuophrys lanigera jumping spider. They are quite tiny. Are his eyes bigger than his stomach? Does he dream of flying or metamorphosing?

This is based on a photo by the insanely talented photographer Nikola Rahmé (though the butterfly is based on my own photo). He kindly gave his permission for me to use his photos as references. If you like macro photography, go see his amazing portfolio on Flickr. He has produced a ton of gorgeous work.

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Making of:

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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.

Buy prints of this piece at the LAUGHING MANTIS STUDIO ZAZZLE STORE!

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I saw this spider many years ago in Mebane, North Carolina. It now graces the home of my awesome future bro-in-law and girlfriend in Colorado.

I forgot to take good photos of it before sending it out, so all I had were these iPhone photos.

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Another beautiful bird from the National Aviary.

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

I imagine him saying “Heeeeey, gurl!”

Buy this original drawing on the LAUGHING MANTIS STUDIO ETSY STORE!

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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.

Buy this original drawing on the LAUGHING MANTIS STUDIO ETSY STORE!

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

 

Buy this 3D painting/sculpture on the LAUGHING MANTIS STUDIO ETSY STORE!

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

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