“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:

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

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“Longing,” Daniel D. Brown, 2014, Pastel Pencil and Pan Pastel on Pastelmat

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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"Longing" Daniel D. Brown, 2014, pastel pencil
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“Argiope” Black and Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia), 2014, PanPastel and Pastel Pencil on Pastelmat

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

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Beaverpond Clubtail dragonfly (Gomphus borealis), Daniel D. Brown, 2012, pencil

This is a pencil drawing of a Beaverpond Clubtail dragonfly (Gomphus borealis) seen in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, PA in May 2012.

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Beaverpond Clubtail dragonfly (Gomphus borealis), Daniel D. Brown, 2012, pencil

I’m still trying to figure out a better way to photograph my drawings without the weird dark unevenness on the paper. Compare this to more what it actually looks like (I laid it on top of my cat).

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Beaverpond Clubtail Dragonfly