Friday, December 18, 2009

Now, this is marvelous!

Here's a wonderful blog entry about drawing portraits of great apes - gorillas and chimpanzees. The portraits are wonderful, but what makes me laugh with delight is the way the artist has learned appropriate nonverbal behavior to be polite to these apes so they'll pose for the sketches.

It's here.


  1. Yep, polite body language. It always amazes me how people approach dogs with dog-hostile movement/posture (fixed stare, moving in a straight line or even worse, bending over the dog) and then get angry at the dog when it reacts appropriately.

  2. I love it! That post is great inspiration for alternate culture behaviour. Thanks!

  3. Very good point, Deborah. It's not just apes we're talking about here. Eye gaze rules are different in Japanese and some Native American communities as well.