Gorilla Drawing – pen and ink – ballpoint pen on Strathmore paper

just did a quick video on a 1hr sketch I did of a gorilla – hope you like it. its on youtube here – https://www.youtube.com/watch… gorilla is on toned paper – ballpoint pen and a 12 x 9in paper – ref photo Jan Willemsen

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Great Mountain Gorilla News – plus Gorilla Prints

I recieved this newsletter from the African Wildlife Foundation last night, it’s really great news for the Mountain gorillas – for a change, so I thought I would share it with you all.

Plus it gives me the chance to show you some of my gorilla paintings / prints 🙂

baby gorilla print
baby gorilla

Mountain Gorilla Census Reveals Increase in Population

AWF With the International Gorilla Conservation Programme Celebrates Conservation Win
AWF with our friends and supporters has been eagerly awaiting the results of the latest census of mountain gorillas in the Virunga Massif – and now the numbers are in!
The analysis, conducted in March and April 2010, indicates that there are a total of 480 mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) in 36 groups along with 14 solitary silverback males in the Virunga Massif, which includes three contiguous national parks: Parc National des Virunga in DRC, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The only other location where mountain gorillas exist is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda.

silverback gorilla Print

gorilla painting

 Along with the 302 mountain gorillas censused in Bwindi in 2006 and four orphaned mountain gorillas in a sanctuary in DRC, this brings the total world population to 786 individuals.

gorilla print

The last census undertaken in the Virunga Massif was in 2003, when the population was estimated at 380 individuals. The current figure represents a 26.3% increase in the population of mountain gorillas in this area over the last seven years, which is a 3.7% annual growth rate. This increase in the population occurred despite the killing of no less than nine mountain gorillas, in four separate incidents, during this time period.

silverback gorilla print
Of the 480 mountain gorillas censused, 352 (73%) were habituated (349 in groups and three solitary males) and 128 were unhabituated (117 in groups and 11 solitary males).
“This population has made an absolutely remarkable recovery from the approximately 250 individuals that existed only three decades ago.

gorilla art

This recovery is due to the relentless collaborative efforts of many organizations and institutions in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda,” stated Dr. Augustin Basabose, Coordinator of Species at the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP), a coalition of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Fauna & Flora International, and the World Wide Fund for Nature.
Read the full release on awf.org

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This print is of a Western lowland Gorilla – but I’m going to put it in anyways 🙂

lowland gorilla painting

Gorilla Art – Starting the Detail Stage (wildlife art)

Now the underpainting has fully dried I have started to begin the detail stage, once the details are all in I will begin adjusting tones and hues with glazes. Appologies for the less than perfect photo below.

Gorilla – Starting Oil Painting

Hi everyone – happy new year!

As you can see from the latest update I have now started to go over the acrylic underpainting with oil paints. This is only the blocking in stage, so as usual I will go over everything with a few layers of oils, increasing the details and adjusting colours with each new layer.

As usual you can see more update photos on my wildlife art site.

Latest Commission – Silverback Lowland Gorilla

Hi everyone, here’s my latest commission a magnificent Lowland Silverback.

Just the tonal underpainting completed so far – oils on top next, hope you can all stay tuned.

Merry Xmas

Jason

gorilla

Framed Prints at The Heron Gallery UK

I delivered three of my framed prints to The Heron Gallery (UK) yesterday ready for their Wildlife Worldwide exhibition starting, Thursday 27th March. As mentioned previously my main print is the huge Siberian Tiger “Khan”, the other two are mountain gorilla prints.

siberian tiger print

I also had a sneak preview of some of the wildlife art that will be in the exhibit and I must admit that it appeared that anyone who’s anyone in UK wildlife art has a painting or print there!

The exhibition will be awesome and is certainly worth a visit, particularly as you can pick a print or painting up fully framed and ready to hang!

Here’s the full details –

The Heron Gallery
98 Drove Rd
Weston-super-mare
BS23 3NW

Tel: +44(0)1934614123

Mountain Gorilla – Completed

I have now refined the whole canvas and added some more details on the foliage and the Gorilla. The painting is now finished and so it is on to my next one – a very large tiger!

Watch my blog for more details coming soon.

 

Check out my Brand New tutorial ebook to see me paint step by step – released Dec2009