I have now completed my second Gorilla. In the first drawing, I used Pierre Noire pencils on Canson paper and this produced a good texture but it was a bit sketchy. Therefore I started a second drawing on Pastelmat using pan pastel and color pencils.
Sketch of Gorilla looking back
Portrait of a Gorilla looking back
The first drawing on the left, I described the Gorilla as looking mournful and this second gorilla on the right, I would describe as having a secret that he is not willing to share. It is hard to state a preference, but I guess I am going to go with the second drawing of the Gorilla. He is a bit more refined looking even if he is not willing to share his secret!
I am in awe of Gorillas ever since I watched David Attenburgh on the BBC Natural History program ‘Life on Earth’ sitting right in amongst them. They were quite tolerant of his presence and that of the accompanying film crew!
This was then followed up by reading the book ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ by Dian Fossey. I remember being inspired by her fight to focus attention on the plight of the Gorillas.
All the hardships she endured which tragically culminated in her own death was quite a powerful story. If it was not for her and the dedicated work of others, would we know as much about Gorillas as we do now and would there be any Gorillas left?
When I downloaded the initial reference image from Wildlife Reference Photos it described the Gorilla as a Lowland Gorilla.
My researches have revealed that current thinking suggests that there are two species of Gorilla each with their own subspecies. The two species are the Eastern Gorilla and the Western Gorilla. Whichever species my Gorilla is, whether he inhabits East Africa or West Africa, all Gorillas are critically endangered.
In the wild Gorillas face ongoing habitat loss, a constant threat of disease, being hunted for bushmeat and body parts being sold as trophies for the wildlife trade.
Unfortunately, with their habitat in a part of the world that faces many social and environmental challenges, it does not make the conservation of Gorillas easy.
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On a more cheerful note, I have included my Robin to brighten life up because if you live in the part of the world where I do, then this time of year is rather dreary.
Also, I would like to thank you for reading my blog and best wishes for the year ahead.