“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.


“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.

“Black and Yellow Garden Spider”