So a while back I got asked if I’d like to submit an illustration piece for a Brazilian magazine, a very surprising offer and one I didn’t want to pass over. The brief was simple, create a piece based off a Nintendo game. The usual stuff like Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter came to mind but I wanted to do something beyond the fighting game arena. After much internal debate I settled on game I use to love growing up as the foundations of the artwork – Donkey Kong Country. But instead of just doing an illustration based off the games design I decided to give the character a realistic twist, I wanted to find a balance between the games look and the look of a real life gorilla. I really struggled with this for ages and almost threw it away on more than one occasion, but eventually I pushed through the pain and got to the finish line. I’m not 100% happy with it, but I’m still ok with the final product.