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aRt4us
03-15-2012, 07:09 AM
While doodling through WC photo library I came across theround face of a male orang-utan.
Iíve always had an idea of doing a full on face portrait ofan orang with the suggestion of him hanging like on a cross/tree branch withthe title. Forgive them for they know what they are doing.
Deforestation is a great concern.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Mar-2012/82849-01.jpg
Painting with purpose
Gary

FaeLynn
03-15-2012, 07:17 AM
Oh boy, this is going to be a treasure. Consider me on board!!

koksie
03-15-2012, 07:58 AM
It will be great! The eyes are already living.
bye Brigitte

aRt4us
03-15-2012, 09:21 AM
Thanks FaeLynn and Brigitte for your inspiring comments.
Painting Joy
Gary

birdlady
03-15-2012, 10:16 AM
I'm here too ..and seeing lots of potential in this one

Laurie

KarenESP
03-15-2012, 10:35 AM
Love it already (:

Barb'sArt
03-15-2012, 11:09 AM
Put me on board with the rest! Looking Great!

aRt4us
03-15-2012, 01:31 PM
This is the image Iíve composed in photoshop for this painting.
The head shape is from the WC ref Library photo of Bookscorpion.
The eyes are made up as well as all the fur, from studying other photos and placing them into this photo image.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Mar-2012/82849-002Male.jpg

Painting fun
Gary

online art
03-15-2012, 04:46 PM
Going to be a cracker Gary :)

GailT
03-15-2012, 06:43 PM
This will be fantastic - love his eyes and also the cross idea. Pretty much sums up their situation, unfortunately.
Gail

aRt4us
03-16-2012, 05:08 AM
Many thanks Jason, really appreciate your inspiring comments.
Thank you too Gail, yes their plight is catastrophic yet they always seem to be content, happy, loving creatures. Something those humans amongst us within position should treasure and take care of the Orang-utans habitat.
The first stages of underpaint.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Mar-2012/82849-02.jpg

Paint joy
Gary

Lexycat
03-16-2012, 09:27 AM
Wonderful ref photo you're working from Gary, the colours are amazing, great start on the painting also, will check back on this one:)

maleaco
03-16-2012, 10:25 AM
Orang's are funny, and quite amusing to watch actually. May I ask why you use a blue underpaint?

aRt4us
03-16-2012, 01:41 PM
Many thanks Lexycat,

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Mar-2012/82849-003Male.jpg

Orang's are funny, and quite amusing to watch actually. May I ask why you use a blue underpaint?
Good question Maleaco, The blue you see is not quite so on the canvas, but itís just a layer of under painting which needs to be in the blue grey tone which is in the high light area of the face sink area. This is ready for over painting with detail once dry.
You'll see why on the next update.

Painting fun
Gary

aRt4us
03-16-2012, 02:39 PM
I've taken another photo and its still too blue, but it shows more detail work.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Mar-2012/82849-03.jpg

Painting fun
Gary

aRt4us
03-17-2012, 09:30 AM
The last photo was a bad one. Here my latest version showing the furring detail being developed. I'm loving this image its just flowing of the brush.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Mar-2012/82849-04.jpg

Painting joy
Gary

evartpat
03-17-2012, 12:43 PM
Very engaging...cant wait to see it develop further! :)

wildlifeart89
03-17-2012, 03:10 PM
Looking great, Gary. Such an emotional piece. I love how you've achieved the thick fur so far!:)
Paige

FaeLynn
03-17-2012, 08:03 PM
I absolutely love how that fur just flows. Great job!!

aRt4us
03-18-2012, 07:09 AM
Many Thanks Pat, I'm really impressed with your talented work on your web site.
Paige, your kind comments are always welcome as your young roar talent has fresh eyes.
FaeLynn yours is another talented style I love, many thanks for love of the furring. I'm working on the furring now putting in lots of twist and turns of tangles. I'll put an up date soon. The paint is just flowing out of the brush with ease on this image I'm enjoying every minute.
Painting joy
Gary

PatrickHedges
03-18-2012, 07:49 AM
I absolutely love the male Bornean Orangutan Gary and this is coming along brilliantly!

aRt4us
03-18-2012, 11:16 AM
Thank you so much Patrick, their plight is sad. Orangutan habitat is being destroyed and degraded by illegal logging, oil-palm plantations, acacia plantations (for wood pulp), fire, mining and small-scale shifting cultivation.

Here is an update.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Mar-2012/82849-05.jpg

Here's a close up of the tangled stitch work of fur.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Mar-2012/82849-05Closeup.jpg

Painting fun
Gary

aRt4us
03-22-2012, 05:45 AM
Iím having great fun producing this image as itís just flowing of the brush.
Loads and loads of tangled under furring done, still some to do, then the top fur detail.
His eyes will hold water tears with one tear developing to his left eye, there will be an upside down reflective shadow within the tear and watered eye of deforestation. It will be hard to see but the canvas is big 75cmx50cm (30Ēx20Ē).
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Mar-2012/82849-06.jpg

Painting fun
Gary

birdlady
03-22-2012, 11:18 AM
really coming along Gary .. must say he needs a comb :lol:

that top fur is really gona be neat going over this under coat

Laurie

Lexycat
03-22-2012, 03:40 PM
Fab painting Gary, very striking - really like it:)

reverseengineering
03-23-2012, 02:32 PM
Gosh I like this so much. Very Lion Kingesque! Keep up the good work mate.

FaeLynn
03-23-2012, 10:20 PM
Wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwoooowwwwwwwwwwwwwww Gary thank you for the close up on the fur, that is striking. I love this a little bit more every time I see it. I think this will be my favorite painting of yours!!!! Bravo!!!

Phranque
03-23-2012, 10:51 PM
MAN I love the way you paint hair/fur! Really nice comp and colour choices on this, too.

wildlifeart89
03-23-2012, 10:52 PM
Gary, the fur is incredible in this piece, thanks for posting the close-up!
Paige

jbart
03-24-2012, 10:05 PM
This is captivating. Anxious to see more. Great work.

aRt4us
03-25-2012, 08:04 AM
Wow so many kind inspiring lovely comments please keep them coming its producing the best out of me.
WC members are the best for inspiration and guidance when needed, many thanks to you all.
In this update Iíve added deeper shadows in the tangled web of fur on the Orang left and within the beard. The skin detailing has been added ready for the facial fur. Now Iíll work on the shadows on his right side and leave to dry for a few days. Thanks again for your kindness

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Mar-2012/82849-07.jpg

Close up

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Mar-2012/82849-07close.jpg

Painting fun
Gary

GailT
03-25-2012, 06:41 PM
Your fur detail is magnificent, Gary. Look forward to seeing more. Gail

wildlifeart89
03-25-2012, 08:54 PM
Looking fantastic.:) I love the many colors you've incorporated into the skin, and the detail...still great!
Paige

chammi kaiser
03-26-2012, 12:07 PM
Well, Gary, what a joy to come back and see so many stages of your work without having to wait. It is a wonderful painting so far - love the colours and the flowing hair. Really looking forward to the final. Your joy in painting is clear to see.

Barb'sArt
03-27-2012, 01:03 AM
Love the detail you're achieving in the hair/fur and skin! But, i gotta say those eyes! Wow, just wonderful!

aRt4us
03-28-2012, 11:59 AM
GailT, thank you, Iím in the final stages will update soon.
Thanks Paige, Iím after the impression of loads of detail by doing random dark brush strokes over a semi glazed surface then I blend that area with a dry brush, then leave to dry and repeat.
Chammi; glad you enjoyed yourself on hols hope to see loads of wildlife images. Thanks for your kind comments. I do enjoy putting paint to canvas.
Bard, thanks for your inspiring comment too. Sorry to say those eyes are only temp eyes while I painted this image. They will be more human looking but with tears, hope they still WoW you.
Painting fun
Gary

aRt4us
03-31-2012, 07:46 AM
But for a bit of tweaking Iíll call this one finished.
The title is Forgive them (for they know what they do).
Animals have this unconditional love and will forgive with ease. Itís very hard for the viewer to see the deforestation reflecting within the tears of the Orangís eyes but its there and itís happening even if the viewer canít see it.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Mar-2012/82849-08.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Mar-2012/82849-08closeup.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Mar-2012/82849-08closeup2.jpg



Many thanks to all who helped to inspire me on in this created image.
Painting fun
Gary

Marmsk
03-31-2012, 08:20 AM
Awesome! Goes straight to the heart!

aRt4us
03-31-2012, 08:37 AM
Thanks so much Eileen, I'm hoping it has the same effect on the viewers looking at the canvas.
The red of the fire burning the forest within the tears are hard to see, thats why I showed the close up. But the canvas size I painted the image on is big enough for the viewer to see if they look hard and close.

Painting joy
Gary

Lexycat
03-31-2012, 08:51 AM
Beautiful work Gary and a true heartfelt message, very well done:thumbsup:

birdlady
03-31-2012, 10:21 AM
beautiful and heartfelt finish Gary. Before I read the explanation of the tear I could see what was going on. I really really hope others can see it. Its heart tearing to see what man has done to the land and NOT seeing what the long run effect it will have on our animals. A concrete forest is not a pleasing view when you think of what it has destroyed. :( :crying:


We have the Great Ape trust here and I was able to see the most fascinating Orang's and bonobo's there and how they responded to the workers. All I could think of at the time is how do we keep them safe from man. We will loose so much if we loose them.

Again a wonderful piece Gary and didnt mean to write a paragraph.

Laurie

aRt4us
03-31-2012, 11:05 AM
Lexycat, thank you for a wonderful comment.
Laurie, please write as many paragraphs as you like. The more we shine our concerns from within our shadows of existence; those few within the light of opportunity will hopefully react.

Painting joy
Gary