Piece description from the artist
A steam train thunders through a snowy mountain pass. A blizzard has rolled in reducing the visibility to mere yards. Heavy snow cascades from the sky and blows and the wind.
Out of the fog of winter, emerges a massive beast. A mountain of horns and dark fur, a giant buffalo charges the train. This is no ordinary bison. It's much too large. This can only be malevolent spirit of the wilderness of the American wild west. This great monster may just be large enough to derail the locomotive, a great battle of nature versus man.
This is another image where I really wanted the intensity to be maxed out. I'd been wanting to create an image featuring both a train and a buffalo, but when I kept the animal at natural size it always seemed make the train to heavy in the scene throwing the composition out of balance. So to fix this, I decided to go with a huge supernatural monster that happened to appear as a giant bison.
I created this using Poser, Vue, and Gimp.
The buffalo model: http://introvertartist.com/bison
The Train model: http://introvertartist.com/train
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.