“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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“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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“Carolina Anole”, Daniel D. Brown, 2013, Digital Painting

I finally completed my Carolina Anole! I digitally painted this using the Procreate app on an iPad Air (such a perfect bday/christmas gift from my fiance Tamaryn!). It’s based on a photo I took in Florida. It took about a month to paint, working on it mostly during my lunch break (and a few evenings and airport sittings). There are a million details I could fix and make more realistic, but I’ve hit the point at which I just feel like calling it done.

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“Tamaryn the Fairy”, Daniel D. Brown, 2013

During my fiance’s last visit to Pittsburgh, I took a bunch of photo’s of her in a clover field. This image popped into my head and I just had to make it. Her photograph was inserted into a fully modeled 3D digital enviroment in Blender, with post-processing in GIMP.

I made two versions: one in vivid color and one with a more old-timey feel.

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