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04-02-2012, 07:33 AM
Cheeky monkeys!!

A chance to paint those cute monkey characters. Any species; any style welcome.

I want to see your monkey pix!!

Monkeys appear in many styles of art:-
in natural history illustration; monkeys in children’s books, monkeys in fine art history.

Sometimes monkeys used to poke fun at grandiose human behaviour. Satire in art.

Monkey is seen as a holy animal in Chinese art, symboliing intelligence, health and vitality.

04-02-2012, 07:37 AM
Here are some from art history:




Chinese art


Frida Kahlo


Rosalba Carriera


David Tenniers, younger.

It seems women like to paint monkeys...from the above!

04-02-2012, 08:32 AM
I don't think I've ever drawn a monkey. This should be interesting, they are cute little fellows :)

04-03-2012, 08:04 AM
I've never done any monkeys either. This should be fun.

04-04-2012, 08:19 AM
same here - never drawn one but they are enchanting now that I think about it!!!

04-06-2012, 07:02 AM
OK, here's my first ever monkey...collage, acrylic and pen and ink on old painting scrap:


04-06-2012, 08:04 AM
A lovely pic Janet. I love the Japanese feel of your collage painting-scrap work! Its just right for animal paintings. In this one, the monkey's eyes have a wonderful intense monkey stare. Also he/she has marvellous fingers!!

04-08-2012, 05:22 AM
Janet I like your monkey collage.

04-10-2012, 09:29 AM

Acrylics, 8.5 by 11.5 ins. Study of mother and baby vervet monkey from a photo on paintmyphoto.ning.com

I did this study today and may do more vervet monkeys later. Those black faces surrounded by white fur are rather dramatic to paint!;)

04-16-2012, 09:59 AM
What a lovely sweet painting, June. Love the colors in the background too.

04-16-2012, 10:38 PM
Such a neat subject, June. Thank you. That Chinese art piece reminds me I have to try some in color with Chinese brush. Your mommy and baby monkeys are perfect. The mother has such a soft and contented look to her.

Janet, your first monkey looks very oriental in setting. :clap:

I have one old one from a couple of months ago.

Chinese brush

Here are two apes, from Rise of the Planet of the apes trailer, I did this weekend.

This was a very mangled piece of watercolor sky and I overpainted it with Stabilo Woody 3 in 1 first, then Caran D'ache Neocolor II, and then for the background, some cheap powdery Michael's pan watercolor.


Charcoal and 2B graphite stick

04-18-2012, 08:13 AM
Hi, Sandra...Your first monkey is a good drawing and cute expression. The other two look like they don't trust man...probably rightly so. Good work!

Here is another monkey collage (these are getting to be fun) I found this image on Google images, but when I went into the link they didn't tell you what kind of monkey this was. I liked them anyway.

paper, pen and ink, colored pens:


04-19-2012, 07:49 AM
WOW - loving this work!!

Sandra - that background you kept working on is wonderful.....your chinese brush work ooohhh,, I've promised myself to get back to that soon and this is a good nudge. Very expressive faces

Janet - LOVE the green eyes and the quasi feel.....uhummmm.. are- these- monkies-- really- there type feeling that is freeing......love it. The first monkey looks like -" humm, I'm on the ground....now what.....a little wrestling with the "buds"...some foraging.....huuuummm" all the space in the piece lets us move into his mind. Come to think of it....alot of you work has space.....

June - such love and tenderness in your work......it is a blessing to the soul, healing and true.......

I love this topic and hope to get something done

04-19-2012, 08:35 AM
This is an interesting thread and there are many excellent examples already. I got really close to a monkey in India and from my photo I painted this picture.

04-20-2012, 09:24 PM
Janet, your collage is so cute. It has all the right elements and color to balance these chimps.

Eileen, wow, that's a drop dead gorgeous portrait of a pensive monkey. So pretty!!! But what medium is it? Watercolor? How big is it? What type of paper?

04-26-2012, 01:42 AM
Here are some more drawings from the Rise of the Planet of the Apes. All Derwent Coloursoft colored pencils on Pentalic 70 lb 5.5 x 8 inch.





And while I'm at it, I was practicing eyes and turned these into eyes ape eyes from the movie.

Prismacolor on top and Faber Castell Polycrhomos colored pencils in the second eye on Stillman and Birn Epsilon sketchbook.


04-26-2012, 05:03 AM
Sandra, it is a watercolour on water colour paper and is about 17 x 24cm. He was so pensive that I was able to sneak up on him for the picture! Thank you for your kind comment.

04-27-2012, 09:03 AM
I am loving all the monkeys!

Janet, your collage monkey pair are delightful. Playful monkeys. I really like this media.

Sandra, I love the ink work. The chinese brush monkey is great...and also the others are wonderfully expressive. Especially the eye studies.

Eileen, your watercolour portrait is gorgeous. The brushstrokes describe his/her coat so well.

Thanks for joining in everyone.:wave:

04-28-2012, 09:22 AM
Eileen...such a lovely pensive monkey and Sandra the look and the eyes are great...Your Monkey Eyes...should be a song.

Never thought I would enjoy monkeys so much...Thanks June. :cool:

04-28-2012, 04:58 PM
Thank you, June, Janet.

I'm enjoying this so much.

I did one more of Caesar from the movie.

Koh I Noor 2B woodless pencil
Stillman & Birn Epsilon sketchbook 100 lb


04-28-2012, 10:26 PM
Here's Monkey King from Chinese folklore but testing it out with soft pastels, pastel pencils and pan pastels on Japanese rice paper. 11x14 inch


04-29-2012, 07:14 PM
Here are four practice monkeys on rice paper.

Chinese Marie watercolor
Chinese brush and ink





04-30-2012, 07:25 AM
Like all your monkeys, Sandras. The monkey king is great, but my favorites are the last batch...so expressive with so few strokes. :clap:

05-01-2012, 11:01 AM
Those are very interesting monkey paintings. I like them.

05-01-2012, 12:59 PM
i agree these are all wonderful monkeys!!! everyone so different and unique......i do think i will give Frida a try...!!!! tyree:wave:

05-10-2012, 03:58 PM
I just loved drawing these guys........working on building a relationship with inktense pencils......http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-May-2012/88676-monkeys357_copy.jpg

05-10-2012, 06:00 PM
sandra....i love all the variety of yours...!!!! robin....now those are some cute cheeky monkeys.....tyree:wave:

05-10-2012, 06:33 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-May-2012/65063-frida.jpg here is Frida and her friends,,,,ink/w/c on strathmore w/c paper....tyree

05-10-2012, 10:25 PM
Robin, your monkeys are all so very alert. Good use of inktense pencils.

Susan, now that's really classical art! Frida all the way with companions. Love the choice of colors and lighting on the monkey.

05-11-2012, 02:36 AM
Wonderful work!

I love those soft Chinese style monkeys Sandra and the ink line just defines the features beautifully.

The little monkeys in a group are a delight Robin. Its good to draw a bunch of them together as they are such gregarious creatures. Suits them!

Tyree, the Frida painting is really lovely...especially the absorbed little monkey.

I love all the monkey work!! Seems we all had fun with these guys.

05-11-2012, 08:01 AM
Robin, what a cute bunch of monkeys and Tyree your Frida and friends is so bright and cheerful....love the inks.

05-13-2012, 10:30 PM
Susan - thanks - vibrant piece. the monkeys steal the show! Good likeness of Frida.

Thanks Sandra, June & janet - it was fun monkeyin' around with yous guys:heart: