This is the second cartoon mural I’ve done, and it’s based on the great Fantasia 2000 segment “Rhapsody in Blue”. This mural was painted in the hallway of my parents home in Van Nuys.
The other montage wall, with the building drawn on on the towel cabinet and drawers:
….Flying John…on the bathroom door, respectively.
My childhood friend Jeremy Smith is having his first baby boy, who is expected in July. Jeremy asked me a few months ago if I would paint a mural for his new baby’s bedroom. As the kids honorary uncle, I thought what better way to introduce him to the world than with Kung Fu Panda!
Po taking a little trip down the stairs.
To get the mural done in time, I had the help of Jeremy and his mom Deanne, who concentrated on the background elements and the peach tree while I mainly worked on the characters.
A peach bops Shifu on the head while Po catches it in his basket.
Since they wanted an orchird theme, I went with the peach tree from the film, and the mural is inspired by the sequence in film where Ooguay is teaching Shifu about letting go. It’s a beautiful scene, my favorite part of the movie, so it was a lot of fun trying to capture that moment.
Po, painted on the closet door.
Master Shifu needing some asprin.
Master Ooguay at the peach tree.
I was amazed at how fast we actually got this done. Jeremy did a great job on the peach tree, while his mom painted mountain the temple sits on. Because of the light I couldn’t get many great photo graphs by the window, but we had some flowers painted underneath the window, while Jeremy did the rest of the peach tree going over the top. I did the falling pink leaves and sunlight surrounding Master Ooguay below, but the rest of the peach tree was done by Jeremy.
It was a pretty great weekend overall. It goes to show, as always, how something can start off as one thing and turn into something completely different by the end. I didn’t expect how much of the mural would change when I got up there, especially since I had to drive from L.A. all the way to Woodland, Ca. (about 10 miles outside of Sacramento). But I’m happy I did it. A big special thanks goes to my friend Sergio Rios, who helped design the colors for the mural. I couldn’t have done this without him. This mural was my gift to the baby, so I didn’t charge them for painting it. All characters in the mural are copyrighted by Dreamworks Animation. There is no charge for awesomeness. 🙂
Sunflower painted by the baby’s grandma Deanne.