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

This is “Wookie,” a Linneaus’s Two-Toed Sloth that lives at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PA. If you’ve been there, you’ve probably seen him chilling with the toucans.
It’s a 10″x8″ drawing made with Gioconda Pastel Pencils.

See a timelapse of its creation below.

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

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Timelapse:

Music: http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music

“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. Buy prints of this piece HERE.

 

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Peregrines Over Pittsburgh
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And here is a timelapse video of its creation:

Music: “Acoustic Breeze” http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music

“Sam,” Daniel D. Brown, 2016, Pastel pencil on Pastelmat

This is a recent pet portrait commissioned as a birthday present. 14″ x 11″ (20″ x 16″ matted) drawn with Gioconda pastel pencils on Pastelmat. See the “making of” timelapse below and on youtube.

Original is SOLD

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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”. You can buy prints of this piece HERE.

Original is SOLD

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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. You can buy prints of this piece here.

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“Red-Whiskered Bulbul in Mauritius”
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“Bob the Keel-billed Toucan,” Daniel D. Brown, 2015, Pastel Pencil

Another bird I initially photographed at the National Aviary. Truly beautiful creatures, these birds. This one is 10″ x 8″ pastel pencil on Pastelmat. You can buy prints of this piece HERE.

Original is SOLD

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“Bob the Keel-billed Toucan”
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“Benito the Hyacinth Macaw,” Daniel D. Brown, 2015, Pastel Pencil

I really got a great bunch of photographs from my most recent trip to the National Aviary with my wife. Needless to say, they have been a huge inspiration in my pastel drawings. This is “Benito” the Hyacinth macaw that lives at the Aviary. He is almost ALWAYS putting on a show when I visit, hanging upside down, stretching his wings, making a racket, or grooming the other macaw.

This piece is 11×14”. You can buy prints of this piece HERE.

Original is SOLD

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“Benito” the Hyacinth Macaw
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“Kaimana,” Daniel D. Brown, 2015, Pastel Pencil

A recent commission of this wonderful labrador/pitt bull mix named “Kaimana” or just “Kai.”  He’s also my neighbor.

Original is SOLD

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“Kaimana”
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And here's the pup with his portrait
And here’s the pup with his portrait

“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. You can buy prints of this piece HERE.

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

This is a commission I recently completed. This was my first attempt at a pet commission with pastel pencils instead of graphite, and I’m incredibly happy with how he turned out.

Original is SOLD

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“Seamus”
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