Ever wonder what happened to Darwin the baby Japanese Macaque, famously known as the Ikea monkey? Well, he’s since shed his fashionable coat and is now living life more monkey-like at the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary. The sanctuary cares for over 20 monkeys, ranging from Marmosets, Lemurs, Squirrel Monkeys (my favourite), Spider Monkeys, Capuchin monkeys, Macaques, to Baboons.
Last fall, I had the pleasure of illustrating an article about Story Book Farm for the CWF’s kid’s magazine WILD. The article shed light on a special Macaque named Pockets Warhol who has an affinity for making art. His finger paintings have quite the following, and are auctioned off to help raise money for the farm.
Pockets relies on his assistant to lay down a canvas and squeeze out droplets of paint, but the rest is up to him. I wanted show off his distinct finger strokes in my illustration, so I first made the blank canvas with paper and then over-layed one of his actual paintings in photoshop. You could say I, too, was his assistant in this case!