Thursday, December 22, 2011

THE GREAT CIRCUS MURAL

Happy ALMOST Christmas y'all!
I wanted to share what I have been doing for the last 3 weeks!!!
I have been painting an EPIC mural in a baby nursery.
Some have called it the Sistine Chapel of baby rooms.
Thanks to my good friend Cindy (please check out her other works HERE
WE just completed a terrific and super fun mural themed around a vintage circus. She is super talented, and I was very lucky to have her!!!
SO.....about the mural......the client didn't want it too pink or too babyish.......I think the final work is some of the best I have ever done!
Here is the progress of the FOUR WALLS of murals in pictures....enjoy:

In the beginning....

...there is reference up on white walls......
I liked this as reference for the mural...

I also liked this perspective....and the colours....


SOMEONE ELSE'S MURAL.....that I liked the idea of.....

Another mural that inspired me......mostly.....
Thankfully Cindy is  MASTER illustrator...and all the animals are from her!!!!

The rough computer rendering of one of the walls

The line drawing of the opposite wall


First all the drapery and bunting went in.......

Then we began to work down the walls


I LOVE how the drapery turned out....
it is a bit more subtle than traditional circus tenting!

Fast forward to near the end......I was UNHAPPY with this - the colours were just  too hot.....

So I added blues and pinks and beiges on top......

The final wall. (click on it to make it larger and see all the details!!)
 AMAZING......NO???

The opposite wall......i couldn't get it all in....I hope to have a better picture for you soon!!!

I love how the little girl welcomes you to the room!!!!
The key to this mural was all the little special details....like the posters on the fence...

I love this poster.....it took a bunch of time to design!!!

Close up of Cindy's characters.....

The flying pig....LOVE HIM!!

Bear on stilts 

Little 'Stella'
So there you have it.
Was it worth 3 weeks? YOU BETCHA!
It just goes to show you that a nursery doesn't need to be AWFUL and pink....
What do you think??

2 comments:

  1. I can't even express how much I love this. I am actually teary! It is so beautiful. You are amazingly talented. Cindy's characters are adorable, I love the pig! All of them really. What a beautiful room for a little girl to grow up in! Wow, amazing.
    I am sure lots of monied Torontonians will want these kinds of murals for their kids!

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