September 18, 2013

 photo monkey-portrait-1_zpsb12919eb.jpg photo monkey-portrait-2_zpsdb0b4347.jpg photo monkey-portrait-4_zps07f52588.gif photo monkey-portrait-3_zpsc39d886f.jpg

In my last post about my birds painting I mentioned that I was working on a hipster monkey. Although that was the initial idea it turned out to be more of a monkey-man than a hipster monkey really. I had all these ideas of giving him a t-shirt with some slogan like ‘monkey is the new donkey’, ‘I liked bananas before it was cool’ and I even considered ‘RAH RAH BANANAHAH’.

In the end I felt like all these texts would distract too much though and I left my monkey quite simple.

I think I spent at least 3 hours just on the little space within his glasses. Sometimes it is quite a struggle to get something exactly right, especially when it comes to eyes.

This painting is my favourite one so far. I am not quite sure why.

(Also, while I am writing this post I just realized that the portrait looks an awful lot like the current picture of myself in my sidebar. See for yourself! haha)

Hope you are having a great week!


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    September 18, 2013 at 21:07

    Haaa he does look a bit like your picture. But he is super cool! You got the eyes just right! xxx

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      Magical Daydream

      September 20, 2013 at 15:37

      I know! haha. Not sure if my subconscious is telling me I’m a monkey or not :p

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    September 18, 2013 at 21:14


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    Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom

    September 18, 2013 at 21:47

    I love this so much! So cute!

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    Green Tea and Cupcakes

    September 18, 2013 at 22:48

    So cute!!!

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    September 19, 2013 at 03:34

    So stinkin talented!

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    September 19, 2013 at 10:13

    Your monkey is excellent. It is funny how similar the painting is to your sidebar photo!

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    September 19, 2013 at 14:48

    I really like that *in-progress* gif! You have some serious talent! Love it!

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      Magical Daydream

      September 20, 2013 at 15:38

      Thank you! In my next post I added a video to give the ‘in-progress’ part even more attention :)

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    Nicole Underwood

    September 19, 2013 at 18:30

    This is wonderful! Seriously!!

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    September 19, 2013 at 19:04

    Haha so cool and cute! And the eyes looks wonderful!

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    September 19, 2013 at 23:49

    This is awesome!! Man, I wish I could paint!

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    floating thru fields

    September 20, 2013 at 00:17

    he is amazing, i think the eyes really draw you in!!! your attention to detail is amazing and your technique is photo realistic :)
    I’m really amazed at how you are pushing yourself……..I’m gonna go do some drawing…..thanks for the inspiration <3

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      Magical Daydream

      September 20, 2013 at 15:39

      Yay! So happy that you are going to draw too! Sometimes we just need to make the decision to make a little time for drawing/painting. Hope you are having fun with it!

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    Nerd Burger

    September 23, 2013 at 12:22

    I love this one. That giff you made of the process is amazing. I love his little glasses.

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    September 27, 2013 at 20:03

    I am in LOVE with this monkey! I am happy to have discovered your blog (thanks to Loulou from Toronto)! xx

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      Magical Daydream

      October 2, 2013 at 20:39

      Thank you! (She wrote such kind words about me) Glad you decided to visit!

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    River Ki

    August 14, 2016 at 21:28

    AMAZING!!! – Would LOVE to use this iage and character to brand our Print Company “Digital monkey!” Would you be open to this do you think? x

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      August 15, 2016 at 11:23

      Hi! I might be, it really depends on what you have in mind. Best to send me an email with more details about who you are, what you want to use it for specifically, your ideas on compensation, etc. Looking forward to hear from you!


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