I don’t believe it!

I don’t believe it!

Don’t panic: I’ve not suddenly turned old and curmudgeonly like Mr Meldrew! It’s just my surprise and shock that a whole month has passed since I last posted. And so much has happened…

Like a certain Justin Gatlin, I’ve been chasing gold (and I’ve not been tempted by any performance enhancements!!). The gold standard in art and cartooning, that is. Since last month’s mural, I’ve been distracted by a second mural. This one is based on Studio Ghibli characters on a wall of a bedroom. 

Yes, I know it’s not finished. I’ll post the final version when it’s done later this week. Hopefully, it shows how I work a mural like this. When working with acrylics, I like to start by blocking in sections in colours. After this, I add main details to get a sense of how the final painting will look. Then, I start adding the final detail, starting with the most distant objects – this is the stage you can see in the photo: clouds, mountains, moon, dragon, Howl’s Castle and the distant palace are all done. The next and final stage will be to put the final fix onto the characters in the foreground.

The final painting will be in the next post!

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