Tridimensional Portrait of a Lizard in the Midst of an Existential Crisis, Daniel D. Brown, 2017, Oil and Glass on Canvas and Apoxie Sculpt

So this was an incredibly fun project to work on, which I apparently did over the course of about 6 months. I also featured this piece in the 20th annual Art All Night – Lawrenceville.

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“Lizard in the Midst of an Existential Crisis”
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Art All Night 2017

It all started with just a small canvas and a little bit of apoxie sculpt.

Note: The eye was first painted on canvas – which I eventually cut out because I hated the canvas texture.
Only some of the scales are sculpted
Painting between scales
I went through many layers of oil paint over several months (oil dries SLOWLY). Note the canvas texture to the eye. Blech. I’m fine with canvas for some of the skin and how it contrasts with the sculpted part.
As mentioned above, I hated the eye. So I ripped it out and sculpted an actual iris (that pupil actually has depth including behind the iris)
Glass cabochon
There is pearl pigment mixed in the iris paint
lame
In the end, I epoxied the sculpted iris to the back of the glass with a crystal clear resin. I built the frame out of some 100+ year old reclaimed wood.

 

“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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