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I remember watching the 1976 version of King Kong, as a kid. With Jessica Lang in it. Then later, the original black and white, with Fay Wray playing the heroine. I was pretty amazed, but obviously not as much as when Peter Jackson came along and added Naomi Watts in the role.
Kong was so real, and fuelled my love for these creature. I have always wanted to draw a gorilla in my work, but shied away from it. One day, looking at my bookshelf and Jared Diamond’s book “Collapse” the pieces fitted together for an image. The idea of ‘Empire’ fitting the building from this film and the notion of what an empire is.
To build the ironic humour in all my images, I had the ape making the building from lego; a naive childhood toy, and to match his confusion I placed barbie as the antagonist to his achievements.
This is the first illustration I completed at the new A1 size, and holds more detail than previous images. It will be the tailing image in my new book “Animal Behaviour II” which will be out at end of March.
If you’d like to buy the first book, you can see it here:
If you’d like to see the process of this drawing you can view it here:


ape, gorilla, book, empire, barbie, lego, building, history, king kong, jessica lang, faye wray, naomi watts, animal, skyscraper, empire state building

Rob is a creative designer working in the fields of graphic design, illustration, web design and teaching. Rob loves to draw with pencil and converting the resulting images in the computer. He has been a freelance designer for 25 years and worked for small and large organizations alike. He also combines his practice of art as a University lecturer, where he teaches Creative/Lateral Thinking.

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