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11-15-2000, 06:43 AM
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Here's a strange one. I found this fellow at the zoo last summer, brely moved as I watched him and sketched him. His quality of life seemed to be about zero, looked bored and sad somehow...like he was a million miles away in his mind. Or perhaps 10,000 miles away. Back to the jungle where he belonged. Anyway I thought he merited a portrait. Comments and suggestions always welcome.


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11-15-2000, 08:34 AM
What can I say, Darrel?
This is absolutely wonderful! But such a sadness in his eyes. Wisdom too.
I am so impressed with your painting. I am also feeling very sad for him. He is a real living creature and now I am going to wonder about how he is doing. Maybe next trip to the zoo you will see him frolicking and looking like he is happy? I hope so...

11-15-2000, 09:43 AM
This is another excellent piece. He looks sad and probably thinking of his home and his family. What was this done on,masonite??

11-15-2000, 09:45 AM
This is a truly beautiful portrait of a magnificient animal. I think you have captured his spirit wonderfully!!! I loved the colors in the fur and the look in his eyes. The composition was very interesting also. (looking to the right)


11-15-2000, 05:03 PM

I know it must get really boring for you hearing this all the time, but, It's wonderful.

You've captured such emotion in this piece, is this the full view, or is there more?

I just love 'apes', can we start making requests?, if so, lets see some chimps, I remember doing a POP sculpture, covered in metallic bronze colouring, many years ago at school for my 'O' Level art exam of a chimp and it's baby. Still brings a smile to my face when I think of it. (I passed the exam as well)

Once again, lovely portrait, (but it's not Melissa IS IT http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Best wishes

Karen http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

11-15-2000, 05:10 PM
thanks Bev, animal and nancymae and karen, Bev I will be sure to look in on him again next summer and let you know if he looks a bit happier.
animal this is on canvas..20 x 24
karen this if the full composition..I originally wanted to suggest a jungle habitat, but then thought that he probably has never seen a jungle and the zoo cage is his habitat unfortunately.
chimps huh?....hmmmmmmm.
btw I have Melissa all drawn out on another canvas...she is next http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
women!! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif


11-15-2000, 06:48 PM
Awwwww, poor baby! I just want to go give him a big hug!

Darrell - this is exquisite - not only do you capture the gorilla, but you also capture the emotion.


Abu Haidar
11-15-2000, 07:05 PM
Hi Darrel..

I'm a new one in our colony. But to be like you is one of my ambition.. Nice and "bagus(preety,good in Indonesian).

Sometimes we'll find a contradictive between emotion to be catched and real color (I think it is..). I think if you could change the background colour with more ligth ones it can switch your painting into photograph. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif Isn't it..??

BTW, did you use pastel ?


Abu Haidar

Life is too colourfull to be ignored

Mayet Ankh
11-16-2000, 04:51 AM
Hi Darrell,
Wow! This gorilla is just beautiful. You have captured the bored and resigned look in his eyes and the rendering of his fur is terrific.

12-12-2000, 07:15 PM
Hi D, what can be said about your work other than fantastic. his fur looks so soft, his eyes so real. what an artist. is there any silver backs at your zoo? last time i spoke to you you said you had never done a gorilla before when i said they are my favourite amimal, well now you have and it's excellent. such expressive eyes. after looking at him for a while i expected him to turn and look directly at me. you are clever. what is next i wonder?

"There is a reason for everything. There are no coincidences."

05-11-2003, 11:37 AM
WOW Darrell!!!!!
I know this is an old thread but I just had to bring it up when I stumbled over it.
I believe it was on page 106!!!
The emotion that you have captured in this piece gave me goose bumps.

:clap: x's 100


William Reents
05-11-2003, 11:57 AM

Paul Hopkinson
05-11-2003, 02:09 PM
This is such fantastic work, so much detail and so realistic!


05-11-2003, 06:35 PM
Thanks Leaflin for pulling this up to the top!

Darrell where are you???

This is fantastic! Do you have an update on this poor fellow??


05-11-2003, 08:55 PM
Outstanding work!

05-12-2003, 11:06 AM
OMG- I'm speechless - this is gorgeous!!:clap: :clap:

Peggy Gross
05-13-2003, 06:43 AM
I just came accross this also and the realism is awesome. Fantastic rendering!!!
Want to see more

Peggy G

05-14-2003, 05:24 PM
This is stunning. Makes me want to stare into his eyes and cry.