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Just Monkeying Around


A few months ago I had the honour of being part of a pretty sweet gallery show called ‘Zoo’ organized by the super creative couple Jacqui Oakley & Jamie Lawson. As animals are always a treat to draw, I started playing with a baboon that would have a print-style feeling. These are some of the early versions of the image which were not quite the look I was intending, but (imo) fairly interesting none the less. The final piece below is where it all ended up.

These first 2 fellows started as large amorphous black shapes that were hacked, chopped & drawn into with varying levels of sucess.

At this stage I was fairly content with the forms I’d found (or perhaps at a loss in terms of direction…) & started to toss around colour variations as well as knocking out the head shape.

Finally, tired & cranky with the look of the previous set, I scrapped the entire thing & started anew, which turned out to be a wise choice. Much to my delight (& intent) Mr.Baboon quickly took form staring from under his furry brow on the wall.


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