This is a continuation of yesterday’s blog post which you can read here.
STEP 8: More black outlines. Just went back over the black outlines here. Not all that exciting, but it does start to really pull the piece together.
STEP 9: Painted the shadow on the girl’s hands as well as the text in the word balloon. Used bubblewrap on the spine of the book.
STEP 10: Text on spot. This font is actually called “Damn Noisy Kids,” I don’t think that could be more appropriate.
STEP 11: Painted in the blue books.
STEP 12: Finished black outlines. Also went over white border.
STEP 13: Painted black borders, added black splatter around spot, did various touch-ups, and signed it.
And again, the mural hanging in the library:
For comparison’s sake, here’s the final sketch I pitched to the library director before she signed off on this design:
A co-worker suggested I included a secret message or word in the mural, like a DVD easter egg. And at first I thought, “that’s a dumb idea.” And then I was like, “Waitaminute, this is a chance for me to show what a huge Joss Whedon nut I am.” So if you look at the spines of the books on the shelves going from left to right across the mural, there’s a B-U-F-F-Y. A nod to the greatest TV show of all time, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And yes I am a huge geek.
I included one other easter egg. The face of the disability monkey, the unofficial mascot of the Trumbull Library. This may take some time to explain. When I first started at the library, I would often do the schedule on the white boards (especially in children’s) and then draw a picture to go with it. One week I drew a monkey with sunglasses taking a walk and a co-worker said to me, “Why is that monkey blind?” I protested, “He’s not blind, he’s just wearing sunglasses.” And she returned, “No he’s blind.” She then named him “The Disability Monkey.” I used him on more than one occasion after that. The two I included here were for our mini-golf tournament that we held in the library to benefit a library demolished by Hurricane Katrina, and then, the best one ever, the day we were showing “The Miracle Worker: The Helen Keller Story.” That could never be topped, so he was pretty much retired after that point.
Blog-A-Day Challenge: Day 29