Process: Sophisticated Jazz Monkey From Sketch-Out to Painting

Sometime back in January I posted the Sophisticated Jazz Monkey, something that I had aspirations of making into a painting. I had never painted before—something about it has always intimidated me. Throughout my life, and I am sure that many of you can relate, I have taken at least 6 – 9 Drawing I classes. (Is there such thing as a Drawing II course by the way?) Unfortunately, I have never even been offered the opportunity to take a painting class. This is something that contributed to my intimidation—I simply did not know where to start.

Leading into our opportunity to show at Art Walk, earlier in the month, I decided to move forward with this medium that my experience was lacking. Below is the result of my first painting, something that I am proud of and happy to share with everyone in hopes that people will find something in it they like. Thank you all for continuing to check us out.

—Jim Ward

Sophisticated Jazz Monkey
Acrylic on canvas


Below are the first two stages to this process. I first sketched and inked an illustration of a monkey—an animal that I am simply fascinated with for the many instances of laughter they bring. Honestly, is there a better section for amusement at the zoo than the monkey cages? After the initial illustration, I took it into Photoshop to do a color study and layout arrangement—the part I posted back in January.




7 Responses to “Process: Sophisticated Jazz Monkey From Sketch-Out to Painting”

  1. 2 B.Gray June 23, 2009 at 8:13 am

    good job man. Looks great!

  2. 3 dmcconne July 13, 2009 at 7:14 pm


    I do electronic+jazz music for fun, and some digital art.

  3. 4 Jim July 13, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Ya Ya, nice mix. It is always good to have a “fun” project to work on. Thank you for checking us out!

  4. 5 Bernadette March 5, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    jim, is it okay if i paint this on my wall? i want you to take the credit for it.

  5. 6 Jim March 7, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    That sounds pretty cool! Yeah, go ahead.. but please email me a picture of it when you are done, would love to see it!

  6. 7 steppenfecit July 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Awesome Jim! I’ve seen this creature in jazz clubs.

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