“Sentience,” Daniel D. Brown, 2014, Pastel Pencil

I must say, I put more work into this piece than any other I’ve ever done. I literally spent months working on it in short bursts, followed by a couple of weeks of more intense work. I lost count of how many dozens of hours went into it. The reference photo I used was taken by the excellent breast cancer scientist (and my colleague) Dr. Ryan Hartmaier at the Pittsburgh zoo.

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

"Sentience" Daniel D. Brown, 2014, pastel pencil, 11 x 14"
Daniel D. Brown, 2014, pastel pencil, 11 x 14″

My work featured at my local (and favorite) art supply store!

I absolutely love Artist and Craftsmen Supply Store in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh. I find myself there almost weekly, whether I need anything or not. It helps that I live nearby. The employees never cease to be friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. They feature local artists every month behind the front counter, and I recently got a turn. Works shown are “…some nuts, grapes, and a slice of mango,” “The Legacy of Shakespeare,”Stripes,” and “Tiger Shark.”

On display at Artist & Craftsmen Supply
On display at Artist and Craftsmen Supply



Art All Night!

Here in Pittsburgh we have an awesome annual event: Art All Night. It’s art, and music, and beer… all night long. It’s free for everyone, and anyone in the burgh can submit one artwork for display – with all being accepted. It’s such a great way to see the creativity going on throughout the city from hobbyists, pros, children, and dabblers alike. Needless to say, there are thousands of works on display. And it’s an absolute blast. My pastel drawing “Dexter” was my featured work.



Me beneath my pelican pastel, "Dexter."
Me beneath my pelican pastel, “Dexter.”


My fiance Tamaryn showcasing her own skills with her oil painting, “Everything Looks Perfect From Far Away,” her first ever oil painting. It sold!


Dippy & Friends, Daniel D. Brown, 2012

I made this earlier this year but didn’t get around to posting it. This is the famous “Dippy” diplodocus sculpture that stands outside the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, which is easily my favorite place to visit in Pittsburgh, PA. Some new friends just strolled in from Schenley Plaza.

I modeled the diplodocus dinosaurs in Blender, photographed the museum and statue with my iPhone, and did texturing and compositing in GIMP. This was an exercise in integrating a 3D computer model into a real world photo with at least somewhat realistic lighting and shadows.

Dippy & Friends, Daniel D. Brown, 2012

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.

Buy the original drawing (in an 8×10” frame) at the Laughing Mantis Etsy store.

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).

Dragonfly on cat

Beaverpond Clubtail Dragonfly