I chose this orangutan as my subject for a pastel painting mainly because of the strength of emotion I felt as soon as I saw the photo reference. They do say that every picture tells a story...this one speaks volumes to me ! Worked in hard/soft pastel. Delighted to receive the Second Prize Award at Porthcawl Art Society Winter Exhibition 2018 for this piece.
With thanks to Angela Souther Smith for the amazing photo reference to work from