This started off as a ballpoint pen drawing and gradually evolved. I wanted to capture a scene gentle giant gorilla loosely based off of the real gorilla, Papa Gentille. He is a very gentle silverback, who has been observed looking after a young orphaned gorilla. It was that protective aura I was thinking about when painting this. I will probably be going back to re-paint this at some point, because the execution didn’t turn out as well as hoped, but the concept I like. Any feedback or ideas to improve a future piece are welcome.