Accurate drawings of various species of apes, monkey and orangutan; Chimpanzee, Black Howler Monkey, Common Monkey Squirrel, Mountain Gorilla, Proboscis Money, Sumatran Orangutan and Western Lowland Gorilla. All illustrations are hand drawn and expertly rendered. Most illustrations are available in both line art and full color. High quality prints made on acid-free archival paper are available of all drawings in the gallery. If you do not see the endangered animal you're looking for please contact the artist to make a suggestion. Custom illustrations of specific animals can be ordered as well. For more information and pricing please call 1 (800) 913-7906 or send an email to the artist. All drawings shown are available in both B&W line art versions and color
The wildlife drawings are also available for stock art illustration.
For a long time, I had issues in rendering fur, which left my catalog of images sorely lacking in some types of wildlife. Probably none more so than the very large (and popular) families of apes and monkeys. At this time, I have only completed five. But as my skills have improved, I feel more confident in illustrating fur, so in the next few months I hope to add more primates to the image library. If you have any suggestions for an ape or monkey, I'd like to hear it, as I haven't decided which ones I'm going to add (right now, I'm leaning towards a species of gibbon, squirrel monkey, a lowlands gorilla, or some more of the New World Monkeys, such as I saw in Costa Rica when I was there.
An ape is any member of the biological superfamily Hominoidea (hominoids). Within this superfamily are two familes of hominoids, the first being "Hylobatidae." This includes the species like the gibbon and siamang, or more commonly called the "lesser apes" and then there is the family of "Hominidae" and this includes the chimpanzees, gorillas, humans and orangutans, and these species represent the "great apes." Apes are omnivorous, good problem solvers, highly intelligent and usually very adept at climbing trees (except the gorillas and humans.) Apes have prehensile hands and feet, and their arms are generally longer than their legs. They are mostly native to Asia and Africa, however they have spread across the world due to various reasons. In the family of the great apes, most are threatened or endangered, usually due to habit loss and illegal capture and poaching. There was a time that humans were not included in this family, however studies have shown that we are closely related to this animals, and share much of the same DNA.
A monkey is a species of mammal which is part of either the group of cercopithecoid, which are "Old World Monkeys" or platyrrhine or "New World Monkeys. These animals are primates, like human, and some species share a great deal of DNA with us (it is believed that chimpanzees may share as much as a 99% DNA commonality with humans.) Monkeys are not apes, but Old World Monkeys are more closely related to apes then are the New World species. The smallest monkey is the Pygmy Marmoset, which weighs only 4-5 ounces (120-140 grams) and is 5-6 inches long (14-16 cm). Where as the Mandrill is over three feet long (1 meter) and can weigh nearly 80 pounds (35 kg.) Monkeys are extremely intelligent and excellent at exploiting their environment to find food. Some species have even discovered they are able to eat extremely acidic fruit, if they swallow some charcoal afterwards, which they steal from the abandoned fire pits of humans. Because of their trainability, monkey are occasionally called in to assist humans who are unable to provide for themselves. The monkeys are trained to perform basis tasks for them, such as microwaving food, washing dishes and clothes, or turning on or off lights. Monkey are also extensively scientifically tested upon because of their close relation to humans, although this remains controversial and groups around the world strongly object to this treatment.
Orangutan are the only member of the group of extant great apes native only to Asia. They are large primates, with adults males growing to about 5 ft 9 inches (175 cm) and weighing in at over 260 lb (118 kg). These arboreal (tree dwelling) mammals have large, bulky bodies, with very long arms (twice their length of their legs) and short legs that are bowed. They have no tail. There are two living species of Orangutan: Bornean and Sumatran. Both are endangered due to habitat loss and poaching, but of the two the Sumatran is worse off and is classified as critically endangered. It has only been through extensive and aggressive conservation both species that both species have survived to this day. Orangutans live in primary and secondary rainforests. They can live in rugged, mountainous areas as well as lowland swamps. They are mostly fruit eaters, however they will also eat tree leaves and shoots, bark, insects, honey and even bird eggs. Digestion of dirt and rocks has also been observred, and it is believed the apes do this to receive critical minerals or to perhaps attempt to cure stomach ailments. Unlike most of the other great apes, orangutans lead a mostly solitary life. Adults of both sexes tend to live alone, however very strong bond will exist between a mother and her offspring, until it is able to live on it's own. Of the great apes, organutans are thought to be some of the most intelligent, and will use tools such as sticks to extract insects from holes.