Piece description from the artist
One of the most common legends among American Indians is that of the Twin Heroes. The basics of the story is that a pregnant woman is murdered. The murder is sometimes portrayed a monster, sometimes a person – it varies from one version to another. After murdering the woman, the killer cuts the boys from her womb, leaves one in the dwelling, and throws the other outside. The father returns and raises the one left inside to be civilized. He usually goes by the name Lodge Boy, but other names include By-The-Door, Village Boy, and Dore. Meanwhile, while the other grows up in the wild, and his name is Thrown-Away, but he is also known as Wahredua, Wild Boy and Spring Boy among others. Eventually, the father and Lodge Boy catch and partially tame Thrown-Away. The two boys then have various adventures together with personalities mirroring their upbringings.
I got the idea to depict this twins while doing research into Native American folklore. Their stories appear quite often, and I find it amazing how many there are and how different each one is.
I created this image using digital 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.
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