Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Calvin and Hobbes


Melissa started reading the “Calvin and Hobbes” comics that i have collected, and so has come up with the idea for me to paint  a mural for our boys wall who is named after the same character. This is the comic she picked out to use.


A quick sketch done in Photoshop that has the dimensions of the wall.


As one can tell, it was difficult to achieve the water color effect in the comic picture above, so i resorted to simple flat colors, since i would be working with acrylic

Color  The hard part was to take the comic above which is in a vertical format, and make it horizontal. I had to change quite a bit, but i think it turned out well.


Here is the before.


I love having a blank canvas.


Putting up a grid helps to make sure perspective stays in place.


Painting begins! CalvinandHobbes-4

Melissa actually painted a large portion of the mural, while i was at work. She said as long as i mark where i sketched, she will fill in the area. Almost like a paint by number.


I love that big yellow tree.


It was about here that i realized buying paint from hobby lobby and trying to mix it at home was not going to work. the paint was never consistent. you can tell in the bush.


The boy behind the inspiration, or the inspiration behind the boy?


At this point most the color for the background has been painted.


 As soon as i started to paint the outlines of everything, that to me was when it started to come together.


My goal was to make the outside lines look like inked lines. This way to mimic an artists pen.


Almost finished. I would say 80%. From here it got really difficult. The devil is in the details, and that is where time is consumed.

CalvinandHobbes-12  I wonder how bad it is to eat off these plates once paint has been on it.


The last strokes applied to finish.


Here is the final out put.


My boy, Calvin!


Sunday, September 2, 2012

First Day of Kindergarten

Audrey FINALLY started school, she missed the cut off date last year by 28 days.  She counted down the months, then days until she started.

FirstDayOfSchool She picked out her own clothesFirstDayOfSchool-2School is only about a block away so we walked, Steven went into work late so that he could go too.


FirstDayOfSchool-3 In front of the school       FirstDayOfSchool-4 First in line

She really enjoyed her first week, the only thing is that we wish it were for longer, it is only 2 hours and 45 minutes.