Safari Mural Part 2, A work in progress!

So I’ve logged a considerable number of hours into this project, and am finally almost to the finish line!  I’ve got most of the hard work behind me, and now just have to paint a few animals, and a jeep on the wall of the nursury.  However I haven’t been posting my progress like I should, so here I am, making up for lost time!

My last post featured my safari landscape concept painting done in gouache.  At the time I had not added any characters.  This is the finalized landscape image directly before I added the animals.

Finalized gouache landscape painting.

I then began work developing characters, as you see below.  As you may already know, characters come the most naturally to me when drawing.  Oftentimes when I’m doodling on a scrap of paper, usually during church, I find myself drawing eyes, ears, noses, and construct them into odd characters.  This project has challenged me to put two and two together, I get to have my characters, but I am challenged by having to work them into an environment composition.

Drawings for Mural

Directly after finishing my character drawings I used graphite paper to transfer them directly onto my landscape painting.  I blocked in the color, detailed them out, and the rest is history!

Image traced onto landscape.

This is the composition completed before I move to paint it on the wall.

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  1. Lydia

     /  March 30, 2010

    Mandie!!! This is amazing. I can’t tell you how much joy it gives me to look at this! Phenominal…

  2. Grandma McDonald

     /  April 10, 2010

    You never cease to amaze me. You are an incredibly, talented young lady. We are so proud of you. This painting is great! So looking forward to seeing a lot more of your works. We love you!!


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