One fine Sunday afternoon, while the kids and I were hanging in the studio, we started talking about some cool ideas that we could put up onto the 23 foot grey wall that we were staring at. We threw around tons of ideas and finally realized that there were a few things that all of us loved: rock and roll, pop art, sci-fi, colors, comics, and Queen. So we got out our sketch pads and pencils and went to work on what would become "Bohemian Rhapsody."
We started sketching out lyrics and panels and trying to figure what we would need for each lyric. Our search was hilarious and we found so much amazing art for inspiration. Repurposing retro comics has been one of our favorite projects so far.
So, I worked up the final design in Photoshop before getting it up on the wall. I'm notorious for my bad math so I had to check and double check and triple check to make sure everything was going to fit. Of course there were last minute adjustments, as always. Things never work out quite like you think, that's why you just gotta get it started to see what happens.
I used sample wall paints from Lowes and they really do the trick. Great thing is that you don't need many colors since you can reuse the same colors across multiple panels. I was also able to reuse old paints from when I painted all the rooms in the house (my daughters lavender color came in handy on a couple of panels).
I accomplished a ton on the first day. I did the chalk lines, taped off the panels, got everything drawn in with black paint and got two of the panels started color-wise. I also did a Dave Matthews commission painting since it was due the next day as well. It was a busy day.
The next panels came along pretty quickly. I left sections of the last two panels blank so that the kids could each do one of their own. They were a big help in coming up with the concept, so I wanted them to be able to help out with the painting as well. They both take a lot of pride in showing off the work they did when visitors come around.
The mural has really brought the studio alive even more than it already was. It makes an amazing backdrop for the monthly concert I host here with my friends.