Piece description from the artist
"Warrior and Eagle"
Standing on a rocky hilltop, an American Indian warrior shouts as he unleashes his companion, a massive bald eagle. The warrior is shirtless but wears tan hide leggings and moccasins intricately detailed with red, white and blue bead work. He has also decorated his skin with red and brown war paint. The great eagle is perched on the man's arm, but it spreads its wings, ready to take flight. Behind them wispy clouds cut across the dawn skies.
I often draw inspiration for my artwork from Native American legends and stories. I had been wanting to create a Native American themed work that incorporated and Eagle for a few weeks. While doing research, I came across the Delaware story of "The Warrior and the Eagle" in which a warrior must help raise Eagles as punishment for trying to pluck their feathers. The story gave me the idea to create a scene that sort of follows up on the legend where the warrior now has one of the eagles he helped to raise as a companion.
To make this, I used digital 3d and digital 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.