Piece description from the artist
A large male lion stands guard at a stone door. On this side of the portal is a room made of brown stone. The doorway is made from a columned arch. Beyond the exit is a bright exterior with grassy hills and blue skies filled with puffy white clouds. The lion stands with a sense of might, right in the middle of the opening. He looks just above you as if you are not worthy to pass.
I've been in a big cat mood for several weeks now and this the latest artwork for my gallery featuring lions, tigers, and saber-toothed cats. The theme of a lion guarding a passageway is common throughout western culture and religion. Lions are perhaps the oldest of animal symbols in art. In fact, lion headed statues representing some sort of god have been found in Germany dating back as much as 40000 years!
To create this image I used both digital sculpting and painting techniques.
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.