Finding the Monkey Within (In Progress)

Ugly messy concept sketch for my next piece. I got my inspiration from looking at Paul Kidby's depiction of Lu Tze. I thought to myself, "groovy... cool... but wouldn't it be better with monkeys?"

Oh yes, everything's better with monkeys ;^)

Obviously, there is still a lot of work to do before I can get down to the details. The arms need to be adjusted and the legs tweaked along with the hands and feet. Oh, and he needs a tail. I'm also thinking that I might try to do this one in color. Perhaps watercolor or acrylics if I can build myself a decent light table between now and then.

(btw, the inspiration monkey is a balinese macaque in case you were wondering).