I wanted to design a picture for my daughter’s sixth birthday showing her reading, leaning back against the warm body of a large animal: a dragon? a bear?
The last few days her favourite book turns out to be Anthony Browne’s Gorilla. A little girl wants a gorilla for her birthday but is disappointed when she gets just a toy. Then the magic happens … of course.
So she likes gorillas. I finally got round to drawing this in the early hours of the morning. Thanks to all the photographers whose pictures were accessible via google images – I didn’t have access to a high altitude tropical forest to work from life.