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
Here is the before.
I love having a blank canvas.
Putting up a grid helps to make sure perspective stays in place.
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.
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.
The last strokes applied to finish.
Here is the final out put.
My boy, Calvin!