What happens when an artist and his wife, who count Spiderman, Dr Who and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy amongst their favourite things need a mural for their nursery?
In this case, what happens is the artist throws out his usual techniques and styles to create a child-friendly, geek-tastic piece of wall art that won’t be painted over if we have to move. Every spare moment for the last month has been devoted to creating something for my son (or at least for us while he is too young to enjoy it). Not only did this mean creating a completely new style of drawing, but also turning from heavy, dark oils to light, colourful watercolour.
At the first sketch stages, the number of characters that we wanted to include just kept growing – how can you introduce your child to Star Trek without the counterbalance of Star Wars? Marvel without DC? Which Dr Who should be used? In the end I had to create a diptych to fit it all in.
Those of you who follow me on twitter will have seen a lot of progress pictures over the last few weeks and anyone who is interested in seeing this piece come together should feel free to go check it out there.
Finally, the not-mural is finished, framed and hung on the wall and I can reveal its finished look.