“Darwin,” Daniel D. Brown, 2016, Pastel Pencil on PastelMat

This is a recent pet portrait of a beautiful departed Akita named “Darwin.” See the timelapse of it’s creation below.

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“Darwin”

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Drawing timelapse (made just with bad iPhone photos taken during the process)

“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:

Laughing Mantis Studio Animated Intro

Laughing Mantis Studio now has an intro animation! I mainly created this for the fun of it, but also to stick in front of any timelapses, or other videos. I make.

Created and rendered in Blender.

“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:

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

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“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.

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“Masked”

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“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.

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“The Guardian”

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“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).

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“The Refugee”

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“Beast of the Night,” Daniel D. Brown, 2016, Digital

Just a little sketch I made in Procreate on an IPad Air.

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“Ember,” Daniel D. Brown, 2016, Pastel Pencil

“Ember”
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”.

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“Ember”

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“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.

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“Red-Whiskered Bulbul in Mauritius”

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