This is my contribution to this year’s Microvisions Student Scholarship Auction. I can confidently say that I’ve never fretted and worried over a painting like I did with this. A mix of intense intimidation, seeing the other artists’ work trickle in, plus being too busy to start this earlier, and a couple sketch snafu’s led quite a bit of self-doubt and panic.
After some exploration, I knew that I wanted to depict a love affair between a gorilla and his banana. I had this whole Gone With the Wind inspired scene, with the gorilla’s hair tussled in the breeze, cooing at his unpeeled love. I sent this sketch to Greg Manchess to see if he got the joke and he kindly pointed out that it looked INCREDIBLY phallic. I really don’t know how I missed that. The issue was easily resolved by zooming out and making it very clear that it wasn’t attached to the primate’s groin. A big thanks to Greg. That could have been awkward.
You can find more info about the Microvisions auction here. It’s a great fundraiser for students, and I’m proud to be a part of it.