Dinosaur Moon

Dinosaur Moon
Dinosaur Moon

Check out my newest artwork…Dinosaur Moon!

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Somewhere on a moon orbiting a world far from earth, dinosaurs live again. Long necked sauropods roam through orange fields edged by strnge purple trees. Ornithopods too run through the long alien grasses. In the skies a pterosaur glides over strange rock structures that jut up from the ground, and, in the sky, the horizon is dominated by the ringed planet around which this sci-fi nature preserve circles. 

So, I haven’t played video games much in the past twenty years, but, as a software engineer and IT professional, I still get lots of articles about them in my news feeds. One that I’ve seen pop up a lot recently is science fiction game called “No Man’s Sky”. While I don’t know anything about how the game is played or its backstory, I was very impressed with it’s visuals: alien worlds with strange flora and fauna. So I was inspired by those visuals to create this scfi-fi/paleoart mashup. The dinosaurs, by the way, are giraffatitan and altirhinus. The pterosaur is an anhanguera.

If you’d like to know more about the technique I used to make this, here is a link to an overview: http://fineartbydaniel.com/2017/12/18/how-i-make-art-3d-rendering/

To see about some of the software tools I use, here is a link to my resources list: http://fineartbydaniel.com/resources/

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Daniel Eskridge

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Unicorn Sighting

Unicorn Sighting
Unicorn Sighting

Please enjoy my newest fantasy themed artwork Unicorn Sighting.

As you hike through the forest along a lazy river that winds it’s way between the trees, a mist rises.  It becomes difficult to see too far and the rays of the sun play tricks as they break through the canopy of leaves.  From the other side of the river you hear a sound.  Scanning the far shore of the river, you see an animal emerge from the fog.  At first, you think it’s a white horse, but this is a strange place to see a horse without a rider.  The you notice the horn on its head!  What you see is the legendary creature, the unicorn.  What should be myth and fantasy now appears before you.  It looks at you, its mane and tail drifting in the breeze.  A moment later, it turns and gallops away into the mist.  It’s a scene you won’t soon forget.
 
This is my second work to feature a unicorn and fits in both my fantasy and equestrian themed art collections.  It was inspired by my hikes along similar rivers throughout the Southeastern U.S.  where rivers often wind their ways through dense forests.

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Eagle Vs Cobra

Eagle Vs Cobra
Eagle Vs Cobra

From my Bird Series of Art

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A bald eagle swoops out of the sky and strikes at a reddish brown cobra atop a large grey rock. With one talon, the bird grasps the snake’s middle, while it uses the other to stave off the deadly fangs. Rays of the dawn sun strike the clouds to give them a brilliant edge and create an energetic background to the great raptor as it struggles with the venomous serpent. Behind the struggling creatures, giant pines and fir trees rise into the sky and create a dark backdrop as morning mists rise from the forest floor. 

As the cobra and bald eagle inhabit different continents, this is not a very likely scenario, but I suppose one could come up with a story where such a fight might happen. Originally, I had the eagle struggling with a rattlesnake, but I decided the that cobra with its hood open just looked better in the composition. So I used it instead. 

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The Bear Woman

The Bear Woman
The Bear Woman

Here’s a work I put together a few years ago.  It’s one of my favorites because I love the story behind it.  

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An American Indian woman touches the muzzle of a giant grizzly bear. They stand in a snowy wilderness surrounded by fir trees and high snow covered mountains. Ominous clouds fill the sky. 

“The Bear Woman” is a Blackfoot legend about woman who takes a bear for a husband, then later becomes a bear herself and causes great trouble. Here is the (very) short version: 

A young Native American woman refuses to marry. Every day while her father and brothers are out hunting, she disappears leaving her little sister alone for long periods. One day, her sister followers her and finds that she has taken a bear as a husband. The little sister tells their father who, with his sons, kills the bear. Later, the bear woman gains the ability to transform herself into a bear. She kills most of people in the village. Her brothers develop a plan to lure her into a trap. They have the younger sister anger the bear woman who takes on her bear form again and chases her, but the bear woman figures out the brothers’ trap and chases them all. A pursuit ensues involving much magic. The bear woman is eventually killed by one of her brothers, but having no people to return to, they all decide to go up into the sky where they become the stars of the Ursa Major constellation. 

When I read this story, I knew I wanted to create an illustration (or two) for it. For this one, I decided to depict the early scene where the little sister finds the Bear Woman meeting the bear in the wilderness. To emphasize the supernatural tone of the story, I made the bear gigantic, more of a bear spirit rather than an actual bear, a physical manifestation of the Ursa Major constellation that ends the story. 

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Paint Horse in the Desert

Paint Horse In The Desert
Paint Horse In The Desert

Check out my latest horse themed artwork.

A Pinto coated horse gallops over low dunes in an otherwise empty desert. Kicking up a cloud of dust, it’s dark mane and tail flutter behind it as it dashes through the sandy landscape. Overhead puffy clouds catch the light of the morning sun.

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Daniel Eskridge

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The Dragon of Brno

 

The Dragon of Brno
The Dragon of Brno
A scaly beast climbs up onto a mossy log from a dark forest pool.  Surrounded by dense forest, this menacing monster has an elongated jaw full of jagged teeth, and it looks ready to snap them down on some unsuspecting passerby.
 
This beast is obviously a crocodile, but it’s in the wrong place.  Rather than living in tropical wetlands, this particular animal finds itself in a temperate forest.
 
There are a lot of dragons in European folklore, but one particular story caught my interest: The Dragon of Brno.  Brno is a city in the Czech Republic.  The story tells of a dragon terrorizing the town and devouring livestock.  Eventually it is killed by a traveling butcher who poisons it by feeding it an ox hide filled with lime.  Various other towns in the area have very similar legends all with the dragon being poisoned by a butcher in the end.
 
What makes this story particularly unusual though is that it has evidence.  Hanging in the town hall of Brno is the carcass of the dragon, and…guess what…it’s clearly the body a crocodile. 
 
Now imagine going back a few centuries to a time when travel was never faster than the speed of a horse.  Though they may have heard of such an animal,  it’s highly unlikely that most of the people of a central European town had ever actually seen a crocodile.   So, if a crocodile somehow wound up in a nearby body of water, one could easily understand that such a creature would be identified as a dragon. Though, of course, it is entirely possible that the croc body was placed in the town hall at a later date and just named after the legendary dragon.
 
On a side note, such an event recently happened near me.  I live in north Georgia where begin the Piedmont Plateau there should be no wild alligators.  Yet a large one was recently trapped on the Chattahoochee river.  Perhaps that inspired me a bit to depict a crocodile in my art. 
 

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Bad Boys of the Deep

Bad Boys of the Deep
Bad Boys of the Deep

A trio of great white sharks prows the ocean depths. These three carnivores are hungry and they are giving you a nasty look as they swim by. Perhaps it’s time you got back on the boat.

This image is part of a series that I created for skateboard designs, hence the extra wide format. The skateboards, by the way, can be found here: https://www.zazzle.com/sharkdecks

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Charging Mammoth

Charging Mammoth
Charging Mammoth

A raging mammoth charges at you. Crashing through the ice age snow, this Pleistocene beast raises its huge tusks as it lunges forward. If you were a prehistoric hunter, this would definitely be a bad day for you.

I’ve created a number of artworks featuring mammoths before, but for this one I really wanted to ratchet up the action and make this extinct animal really seem powerful and scary.
 
Thanks for looking!
Daniel Eskridge
 

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Banshee

Banshee
Banshee

A portrait of a ghostly woman. She stares at you with cold eyes and an impassive expressing. Beneath the translucent skin of her face, you can see the faint image of her skull showing through.

This is something I put together as a one of the upgrade themes for the iPhone App “Screaming Monkey”. There is also a follow up image to this called “Ghost

To get info on the app, visit iTunes.

To learn about how I make art check out my How It’s Made page .
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Ghost

Ghost
Ghost

A portrait of a ghostly woman. She stares at you with cold eyes and an impassive expressing. Beneath the translucent skin of her face, you can see the faint image of her skull showing through.

This is something I put together as a one of the upgrade themes for the iPhone App “Screaming Monkey”. There is also a follow up image to this called “Banshee

To get info on the app, visit iTunes.

To learn about how I make art check out my How It’s Made page .
To find out about some of the tools I use to make this art, check out my Resources page.

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