Thursday, September 25, 2008

My Secret

gorilla charcoal drawingI completed the gorilla drawing yesterday, and to my pleasant surprise sold a print before I even got to post it here! I loved working on this drawing, so much that I forgot about my new multitasking routine and worked on nothing but him until he was done. As my first primate drawing, I am quite pleased with the result.

This gorilla is a resident of the Albuquerque Zoo (Rio Grande Zoo). He was sitting in the corner next to a plexiglass window, and the sun reflected off his enclosure giving him the appearance of being lit from a low angle. I'm not sure what is reflected in his eyes, but I liked the effect. That and his slight grin inspired me to call the piece My Secret, and it makes me wonder what he really was thinking.

The original and prints are available.


Glendon Mellow: The Flying Trilobite said...

This drawing is marvelous.

I really think you've outdone yourself here. In my mind, it almost begs for a mirror-twin image of a human child in a similar pose.

I've been just clicking back in to this one over and over.

Heather M. Ward said...

Thanks so much Glendon. I think this is my best so far, and I really enjoyed working on it.

Maybe my daughter will pose? I'm not much for drawing humans, though I haven't tried in quite some time.

PamYla said...

He is adorable, I love the expression and shading work!

Heather M. Ward said...

Thank you, Pamyla!