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This picture is a labour of love as I did not realise how much work it would be……maybe I am just adding more and more detail each time I draw.  Whe did I become such a detail freak? 😮  

I am becoming rather attached to this little fellow though he is actually a combination of 3 reference photographs. This is something else I have not attempted before but, I did not have any photos of my own to work from so have to do some research and still could not find the perfect image so combined my reference photos with the image in my head.

Images in your head are a dangerous thing as they are perfect in your mind’s eye but rarely come out on paper the same way.  That gives you 2 or 3 options

  1. Freak out about the fact that you cannot draw what is in your head.
  2. Adapt the image in your head to match what is on the paper.
  3. Give up  (Not an option)

I am trying to get to no2 at the moment but number 1 is still creeping in there.  Am I the only one that does this?

It seems like I have not made too much progress but there is a good 3 hours work to get from stage 1 to stage 2 of this drawing.  One thing I am struggling with is that I cannot draw something without a name and cannot come up with anything that suits him.  

So….I am handing that job over to you…..please 🙂


Can you come up with a name for him…..if you do I will send the winner a signed print of the finished image.

Oh….and I learned something new too thanks to @Tittch.  He is not a monkey 🙁

Wikipedia says

No, an orangutan is a hominid (great ape). Hominids are primates, but technically not monkeys.
He is still cheeky though 🙂