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This is the completed woodburning (Pyrography) art piece titled "Dad", which features a male Silverback Mountain Gorilla from Virunga National Park in the Congo region of Africa. Additionally He has an infant gorilla nested comfortably against his chest and belly. You can see by the flecks of foliage in his fur that these two have been playing and moving around in the understory of the jungle. Gorillas in Africa are facing severe threats from encroachment of humans, illegal burning of forest to produce charcoal, and poaching. This is an issue that both species, Mountain and Lowland Gorillas are caught up in. Like many other animals worldwide habitat loss and human activity will be their greatest danger. Political instability and corruption plague the three African Nations responsible for the care and preservation of Gorillas and other keystone species within these regions.

The woodburn was done on birch. Between both Gorillas a total of 64,400 hairs (give or take 40 hairs or so) were individually burned into the wood. The scoring of wood with a heated burning tool leaves both marks and depressions in the wood which refract sunlight and leave a sheen to the fur when seen in strong lighting. The burner was set at 950F (510C) for the majority of this burn. The total time in the project was 37 hours.
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Given 2013-03-19
Dad. by ~ErikBrush is a magnificent pyrography piece exhibiting that this artist has a good grasp on the art-form. Be sure to check out this artists gallery for more great pyrography pieces. ( Suggested by BurningsByLena and Featured by Astralseed )
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Krigg7 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
great work
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TheCraftCavern2014 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
This is absolutely incredible! Fantastic detailing :D
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RowboDog Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Mighty Joe Young? 
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Just a wild Mountain Gorilla and it's son. But hey, I suppose he can be whatever floats your boat. Joe Young? Why not? LOL.
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MartignatpointL Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Artist
Nice gorillos but i am only baboin :) Very hard to draw animals ! meeting monkey !
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Thank you! It was a fun piece to woodburn.
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RuntOfTheLitter Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
'2' good.
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Thank you! :)
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bear48 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Professional
very nice work
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Thanks so much! :)
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Revan005 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Good work and cute.
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Thank you very much! :)
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Revan005 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Your welcome.
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SherPic Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
It's very-very beautiful work!!! :)
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Thanks a lot. Glad you like this one. :)
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Thank you very much. :)
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iwai Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional
nice!
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Thank you! :)
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iwai Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional
your welcome
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sanggarartistika Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
like
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Thank you. :)
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little-las Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well done!!!
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Thank you! :)
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TueVolder Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's a beautiful piece. And very impressively done. Looks like it requires a steady hand.
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Thank you. It takes patience and knowing the techniques. I have taught pyrography to others as well as doing my own artwork. As you pick up the method it becomes easier.
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TueVolder Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's very impressive though. Thanks for sharing.
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Thank you so much. :)
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Lord-Godzilla Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Impressive. And very soulful.
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Thanks. I always try to put a lot of myself into my burns.
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on your DD! :clap:
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Thank you. :)
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Danielinitax Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing one ;AA;

Really stunning and lovely <3
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Thank you so much!
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jlondzz Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Awwwww!!!! adorable :)
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Thank you! :D
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maliciousness777 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student General Artist
I
cannot believe
this wasnt an pen and ink sketch.

This is amazing. O.o
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Thank you. It's burned at 950 F. I do have a pencil and some colour pencil sketches in my gallery as well as my woodburnings.
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emini2 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
My Jimmies feel unrustled thanks to this
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Thank you! :D
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eHillustrations Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol Same thing for me
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
:) Thanks!
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eHillustrations Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) You're welcome. It's a marvelous job.
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dessertgrace Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
SOO AMAZING!!!!!!!!
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Thank you! :)
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feldrand Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
what can one say of this flawless, perfect picture except that the DD is absolutely deserved... :D

i love the expressions in their faces... :D

congrats...
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Thank you. I always work on the eyes and faces of the wildlife and people that I burn. I find if the eyes are done correctly it sells the authenticity of the rest of the artwork.
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SHADOWBEARMUSEUM Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A better father than mine was.
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Sorry to hear that.
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poesque Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful!
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ErikBrush Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
:) Thanks so much!
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