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2 - An Opportunity for Creativity

Simian Messenger (2)
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Alxbates Inactive Member writes:

They are very … affectionate.

Of course, Colobus monkeys are known for an excess of "loving themselves"…

Must be a primate thing. I'm easily distracted, too :)


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17 January 2006page first published

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Cathy Hamaker of The Painter's Den writes:

At last, I return!

Sorry for the delay - real life, school, and painting commissions all cut in on my Simian time; plus I wasn't sure I liked what I'd done with the modelling, and was considering starting over. But didn't! We'll see if you think I did the right thing.

The basic issue in painting the Simian Messengers is that they don't offer a lot of opportunity for creativity at first glance. They're basically monkeys; they're not wearing armor or clothing (except a tiny loincloth,) and they don't have a lot of props or doodads on them - they're pretty much just fur. So the first thing I thought was that I'd like to avoid just painting them like basic brown furry monkeys a la Curious George, since they'd be dull to look at and dull to paint!

I did a little research using, which is a great resource any time you want to paint something that looks like an exotic animal or bird - you can get a wide selection of photos showing feathers or fur patterns.

Colobus Monkey

I found a type of African monkey called a Colobus Monkey which is very beautiful and eye-catching. They're black, but have long silky white fur around their faces, down their sides, and a large feathery plume of white at the tip of their tail.

After downloading a few reference pictures, I mixed up some ribbon epoxy and sculpted some additional fur onto one of my Simians.

Sculpting additions to the tail and flanks

As you can see, sculpting is not necessarily my long suit! Still, for this purpose I think it worked out all right.

Sculpting additions to the tail and flanks

I added thin flat bits onto the tail and flanks, trying to keep it from looking bulky and un-fur-like. I then scratched up the surface with one of my handy dental tools, to blend it in with the fur already sculpted on the surface of the model.