This is Charlie who lives at the North Carolina Zoo. This was my first attempt at color pencil. Photo ref courtesy of North Carolina Zoo.
Featured in Exotic Animals and Primate Art.
Color Pencil on Stonehenge 100% cotton 250 GSM Vellum
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african, animal, ape, gorilla, monkey, zoo animal

I am a self-taught artist, recently retired from my “pay the bills job”, who made a serious attempt at graphite drawing in 2006 at age 53. I have since done a few in color pencil.
I love drawing animals and children especially. Some of my work is available for sale as prints on this site. Commissions are welcome.
Thank you for visiting my page, and I would like to thank everybody who comments. I truly appreciate it.

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  • cathy savels
    cathy savelsalmost 7 years ago

    First attempt?!!! My God! You’ll be producing masterpieces in no time! LOL! This is incredible.

  • Marlene Piccolin
    Marlene Piccolinalmost 7 years ago

    Thanks Cathy! I picked it for my first because of the limited color pallette. And the expression too of course. Glad you like it!

  • AngelPhotozzz
    AngelPhotozzzalmost 7 years ago

    Big wow factor here!!!! Outstanding work!!!!

  • Jaytee
    Jayteealmost 7 years ago

    gee wizz, you are so talented, so talented. the hair is done so finely and so well it too looks like a photograph, your very good arnt you.

  • Peta Hurley-Hill
    Peta Hurley-Hillalmost 7 years ago


  • justlinda
    justlindaalmost 7 years ago

    Gosh! I thought this was a photo, What a talent you have this is excellent!.

  • Cheri  McEachin
    Cheri McEachinalmost 7 years ago

    Wow this is fantastic

  • moonstone
    moonstonealmost 7 years ago

    You are very talented

  • Xenia
    Xeniaalmost 7 years ago

    unique, strong and beautiful!

  • poppy
    poppyalmost 7 years ago

    It already is a masterpiece…outstanding work Marlene, well done!!!

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