View Full Version : Bonobo Chimpanzee WIP (Pastel Forum)

Sticky Wombat
08-27-2008, 03:33 PM
Hi there to all on WetCanvas! Well this project has taken me from the realm of the big cats to that of the great apes :thumbsup:

The Bonobo Chimpanzee is classified as endangered with a wild population of around 100,000 being found only in the Democratic Republic of Congo of central Africa. The species is distinguished partly by having relatively long legs, parted hair on their head, less prominent eyebrow ridges on a smaller head than that of the Common Chimpanzee, a black pigmented face and pink lips.

Well here goes: Pastel on velour 25" x 19"
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Aug-2008/126619-Bonobo1.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Aug-2008/126619-Bonobo2.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Aug-2008/126619-Bonobo3.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Aug-2008/126619-Bonobo4.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Aug-2008/126619-Bonobo5.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Aug-2008/126619-Bonobo6.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Aug-2008/126619-Bonobo7.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Aug-2008/126619-Bonobo8.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Aug-2008/126619-Bonobo9.JPG
I'm really enjoying this one, I havent tackled 'skin' in pastels before so thought it might be a new challenge for me (wasn't wrong there :lol: )

Thanks for taking a peek :thumbsup:
Bye for now :wave:

08-27-2008, 04:10 PM
that is unbelievable:eek: .
Bye Lara

08-27-2008, 04:11 PM
Your work is fantastic. What kind of pastels do you use?


Merethe T
08-27-2008, 05:40 PM
Incredible, the eyes are sooo good! look forward to next installment!
What kind of velour are you using?


08-27-2008, 07:06 PM
fabulous !!! .... presenting your painting in a wip is so wonderful and inspirational ... thank you so much for doing so ... can't wait to see further progress on what is sure to be a spectacular painting !! ... :thumbsup:

08-28-2008, 01:55 AM
THank you so much for the WIP! This is amazing!!

08-28-2008, 05:26 AM
This is going to be amazing - the WIP is already amazing and the 'skin' is turning out beautiful!

08-28-2008, 06:34 AM
The 3D effect on the wrinkles on the face is particualrly breaktaking! What pastels are you using - soft or hard?

I finally founda shop here in Berlin that sells velour and was considering giving it a go. Think I'll have to now (even I can curtail the urge to smudge with my finger!)

Sticky Wombat
08-28-2008, 08:13 AM
Wow thanks guys! :thumbsup: Glad your enjoying this WIP - so far anyway :lol:
Michele - I use soft pastels for the 'undercoating', really any brand will do at this stage as long as they're not too soft, Winsor & Newton work well as well as the cheaper brands (and that helps when having to cover a large area). I then use pastel pencils for most of the top layer detailing work, my favourites at the moment being Carbothello :thumbsup: (I should be on commission :lol: ) I also use Derwent, Fabre Castelle, Pitt Pastels & Daler Rowney to name but a few :D
Paul - I'm glad you're going to give velour a try :thumbsup:, I do 'finger smudge' when working on my undercoats, admittedly it isn't as easy as on paper but hey who said that love ran smoothly, lets face it with velour I'm smitten! :lol:

Thanks for popping by!
Bye for now :wave:

george c martins
08-28-2008, 09:34 AM
Hi Sticky

I'm without words to comment...extraordinary....what details. I hope one day will be able to do such details....waiting to seen more. Toke a trip inside your web and ....my my....wow

Folks, I'm sorry is my english has mistakes.

I've been wondering about a term that i've been seen on the posts....VELOUR! I check out the word in portuguese and found out that its a kind of "cloth"...
Is it? I only use paper...card and Carson paper....

08-28-2008, 09:36 AM
Gorgeous work on this! I love the work you have done on the eyes.

Sticky Wombat
08-29-2008, 03:34 PM
Thanks for the comments guys :thumbsup:
George - Hi there, the 'velour' used for pastel, graphite etc is like velvet but with a paper backing, sort of a velvet textured paper if that makes sense. Maybe you could get some over the internet and give it a go yourself :thumbsup: The only drawbacks are that you cant erase anything and the paper itself is very delicate and can therefore be easily damaged.

Thankyou once again for taking a peek and bye for now :wave:

08-29-2008, 03:38 PM
You are so good with velour. Have you tried suede? I'm wondering if it's like velour.


08-29-2008, 03:43 PM
You are surpassing yourself, once again, Kerry! I haven't been around here for a while, so it was such a treat to open your post - I knew it would be a good one!


Sticky Wombat
08-29-2008, 03:52 PM
Michele and Diane - thankyou for taking the time to leave such wonderful comments!!! (I havent tried suede as I'm too smitten with velour :lol: )

08-29-2008, 04:34 PM
Beautifully painted, it looks so realistic. The colours are marvellous and vibrant. Love the textures too

08-30-2008, 06:58 AM
:) Kerry, WOW, what a totally amazing painting, can't wait to see the finished product. How I wish someone would wave a wand and I'd wake up being able to apint like yourself. The Bonobo Chimpanee is also an extremely intelligent Chimp too and there are a few around that have actualy learned sign language and are actually able to hold a sensible conversation, not just a prelearned sentance. How amazing is that.

Take Care and keep dusty
Lots of Love Carolynn :) :) :heart: :heart: :heart:

08-30-2008, 01:06 PM
oh my- I have always adored the apes...such expressive faces and eyes....this is fabulous....and a terrific example- thanks so much for showing all the steps!

Sticky Wombat
08-31-2008, 09:17 AM
Thanks again for the encouragement (& info' Carolynn).
Well I managed to have a little time to myself in the studio yesterday, so here's a quick update:


'Slowly but surely' I guess should be my motto! But I think I'll stick with 'A tidy house is a wasted life'!!! :lol:

Thanks for taking a peek :thumbsup:
Bye for now :wave:

08-31-2008, 02:42 PM
OMG - no wonder we are related to these guys... they pose just like the rest of us.

Wow - fabulous detail. amazing!!! Barb

Sticky Wombat
09-03-2008, 02:50 AM
Hi there guys, thanks again for the ongoing encouragement!!!

Well here goes for another very quick update after spending a short time in the studio last night:


And now for those of you who like to see close-ups:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Sep-2008/126619-Bonobo13.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Sep-2008/126619-Bonobo14.JPG

Ooops! Sorry but the photos aren't as sharp as they should be

Thanks for dropping by
Well I'm off to work now then hopefully back in the studio later today
Bye for now

09-03-2008, 09:22 AM
simply awesome :) Not being afraid to push the darks makes an incredible difference that really shows!

Sticky Wombat
11-01-2008, 02:10 PM
Hi there WetCanvas addicts!! Feels like I started this thread ages ago :o Well have finally got back to this little chappy now that the heating in my studios been fixed, a few 'warms' to go in here and there and then the background will see it finished. Whichever warm colours I end up applying to the coat I'll mirror in the background.

Anyway here he is so far:


Now I really need to get those 'warms' in and get that background in and finished by next Friday as my printer today informed me that he's getting impatient for some more work :lol:

Bye for now :wave:

Tracy Lang
11-01-2008, 02:21 PM
Wow! I don't know how I missed this before, thanks for posting an update!
This is such a stirring portrait. Your work is simply stunning...I'm looking forward to seeing the finish :)


water girl
11-01-2008, 04:16 PM
I'm with Tracy...how did I miss this thread? Thank you for the WIP. This is wonderful! Whenever I see you that you have posted, I know that I'm in for a treat. :)

11-01-2008, 08:19 PM
I wanted to tell you what a spectacular "portrait" you have done!!! I am truely amazed at how you can get such life like detail in your paintings. Thank you for sharing with all of us here. :)

11-02-2008, 12:55 AM
fabulous work !!!

Sticky Wombat
11-02-2008, 04:31 AM
Hi there thankyou to all who have popped in and left such encouraging comments!!! Hope to get started on the background today, will post when theres something worthwhile to show.

Thanks again & bye for now :wave:

11-02-2008, 01:06 PM
Super painting so far, Kerry. I always look forward to seeing your work.


Mary Brigid
11-02-2008, 01:56 PM
This is a super. Thank you for doing the wip. It is so interesting to see your technique. Will look forward to seeing your next post.
Mary Brigid

Sticky Wombat
11-02-2008, 02:37 PM
Pam & Mary thankyou for your support and encouragement!!!

Sticky Wombat
11-12-2008, 12:39 PM
Well here he is finished at last:
(Still no title if anyone has any ideas)



Thankyou to everyone for your words of kindness & ecouragement throughout this thread.

Now onto my next project :wave:

11-12-2008, 01:44 PM
WOW! That's incredible:clap:

11-12-2008, 04:59 PM
Incredible detail!! The play of light is just beautiful.

11-12-2008, 08:10 PM
absolutely and unequivocally stunning !! ... :thumbsup:

Sticky Wombat
11-13-2008, 02:40 AM
Nicoclaus, Kim & Violet thankyou so very much for dropping by and taking the time to leave such wonderful words!!!

11-13-2008, 06:49 AM
absolutely completely outstanding!!!!!!!!! Always love and admire your work.

11-13-2008, 06:59 AM
Gorgeous, and I love the mood!

It looks like an old and mature chimp, so what about something like "The Wise Elder"?


11-13-2008, 07:11 AM
Stunning work Kerry!!:clap: :clap: :clap: I fight with velour....have trouble blending...but you just do it...and so well!!:envy:

Sticky Wombat
11-14-2008, 02:46 AM
Paula, Charlie & Deirdre thankyou for dropping by and leaving such encouraging words! :thumbsup: I must admit Deirdre that I too fight not only with the velour but with the pastels too! Being completely self-taught I make it up as I go along, always learning from my numerous mistakes, but hey if it was too easy & straight forward would we enjoy it as much ...................... you bet we would! :lol:

Thankyou once again, take care & bye for now :wave: