This is my second work in my series of great apes. It was my goal to portray the intense eyes of the mountain gorilla. The males are real muscle man but at the same time they radiate a deep sense of calmness. I hope some day I will be able to observe them in the wild. It is sad to see the last populations declining due to habitat loss, human-conflicts and poaching in their wild habitat at the African continent.
This work is done in Scratchboard to create a very detailed and contrasting work in black and white. A Scratchboard is a wooden panel, covered with clay and a top coat of black ink. I create the white lines by scratching the surface.