Piece description from the artist
A little girl poses for a portrait with her giant pet red dragon in a clearing carpeted with deep green grass.
The girl has big green gray eyes and blonde hair and wears a maroon dress. In her hands she holds a raggedy teddy bear. The child stares back at you with a gentle smile.
The dragon is massive monster covered in red scales with horns on its head, sharp claws, and trails of smoke drifting from its nostrils. The great beast gives you a knowing grin…best not to upset his little princess.
The subject of this work was motivated by the daughter my family is expecting in a few months, whereas, the style is inspired by one of my favorite artists, Adolphe William Bouguereau.
I used digital techniques to make this image including CGI as well as Digital sculpting and painting.
Thanks for looking,
Daniel is a forty-something living in the Metro-Atlanta area, and he is one of the few people who was actually born and raised there. He is also married and has two sons and a daughter. By day, he works as software engineer at a small company. By night he is an artist producing realist works depicting scenes of American wildlife, farm animals, fantasy scenes, extinct animals, and images of the "American Wild West":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Frontier.
Daniel has dual degrees in computer science and fine art from the University of Georgia. Given his education, it would seem only natural for him to combine the two by producing art using a computer. Daniel practices a new form of art called "3D Rendering":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_rendering, a form of virtual sculpting with a computer. This form of art is utilized by film studios for special effects as well as animated movies, but it can be used to make stills as well. "Check out this video of Daniel creating a 3D rendering!":http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvoSvRhYPr4
Daniel’s interest in art began when he was young. As a fan of science fiction and fantasy novels, he became particularly interested in the works of the illustrators that appeared on the covers, such as "Frank Frazetta":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Frazetta and "Michael Whelan":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Whelan. In college, he discovered the work of the "French Realists":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Realism_(arts), the "Pre-Raphaelites":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Raphaelite_Brotherhood, and the "Hudson River School":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_River_School, which further influenced him and put his work on a course where nature was the dominant theme.