“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.


“Swallowtail”, Daniel D. Brown, 2013, PanPastel and Pastel Pencil

This is a pastel pencil drawing featuring a swallowtail butterfly scene I captured in a field in central North Carolina near Pilot Mountain.
It’s my second major attempt at PanPastels and Gioconda pastel pencils on PastelMat.

"Swallowtail Butterfly"
“Swallowtail Butterfly”

“Tamaryn the Fairy”, Daniel D. Brown, 2013

During my fiance’s last visit to Pittsburgh, I took a bunch of photo’s of her in a clover field. This image popped into my head and I just had to make it. Her photograph was inserted into a fully modeled 3D digital enviroment in Blender, with post-processing in GIMP.

I made two versions: one in vivid color and one with a more old-timey feel.

“Tamaryn the Fairy”
Tamaryn the Fairy