View Full Version : Fantasy Mural

02-10-2008, 12:00 PM
It may not technically be a mural since it is painted on a board, but I've been calling it one anyway. I was going to paint it on the wall but this seems safer.

The original inspiration photo came from the library here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=942&cat=46). Some work in photoshop gave me what I wanted.

I will never do anything this big again, lol. About 112 hours of work on this. It is 6x3 feet. It's a relief to be done and I know it has flaws, but it was never meant to be a masterpiece, just something for fun for my future baby's room (fingers crossed).


Here's close up of the dragon and cat.


I just could not get a good photo.
Progress photos are in my webshots album

02-10-2008, 12:10 PM
This is lovely Michelle.

It is going to look great in your child's bedroom....
A world of gentle fairy tales.

Love it.:heart:


02-10-2008, 12:20 PM
I think this will look lovely in your child's bedroom.

02-10-2008, 01:21 PM
lot's of places for you baby to hide in there :-)
beautiful! this can really stir up a child's imagination!

02-10-2008, 01:23 PM
edit ... duplicate post

02-10-2008, 01:25 PM
it's fabulous !! ... it has a lovely fantasy quality ...a mideaval quality ... perfect for a child's room .. !! ... kudos to you for the time and love you poured into it ...

02-10-2008, 01:37 PM
Hi Michelle,

Charming! Is that hair on the dragon's tail?

Aim small, shoot small.

02-10-2008, 02:12 PM
This looks awesome!! (Though I miss seeing your cat's face in the lower right corner, lol).

02-10-2008, 02:45 PM
I think it looks GREAT! I wish I could see it IRL so I could study your technique, it looks almost 3d as if you could rub your hand over it and feel the various levels. HOW did you do that? It seems like it would take a LOT of time and fine brush work but the results...... FABULOUS!:thumbsup:

02-10-2008, 03:35 PM
Oh, Michelle, I just love it! My eyes keep wandering over the whole thing 'cause there's so much to see. I love the dragon's purple hair with the matching tail. This was worth every minute you spent on it!


02-10-2008, 05:33 PM
Fabulous is my word for this, too. I can't believe you got this from that reference photo. Talk about creativity! You've got it! I absolutely love that dragon and cat. I didn't realize it was so big. Wow!

02-10-2008, 05:52 PM
What fun to make those rock formations into a castle! I'm sure LavenderSprout will love it! ;)

02-10-2008, 06:51 PM
wonderful, just where magic takes place!

michelle stone
02-10-2008, 07:00 PM
Just wonderful!!!:thumbsup: love the 3-d effect!!:thumbsup: It almost looks like claymation or something that was quilted out of fabric.This would be a fantastic ilustration for a childrens book!!!:clap: :clap:

02-10-2008, 07:40 PM
just magical - beautiful work! big smile here:)

02-10-2008, 08:38 PM
Makes my heart feel good. Absolutely beautiful.

02-11-2008, 03:11 PM
Danielle, Arlene, Romi, Violet, Lucie, Loobyteacher, Lulu, Trafford... thank you all for your nice comments. I'm glad it is making the positive impression I was going for.

Yes Ozone, that is hair on the tail.

Thanks EP, lol. I had to get her out of the way for the final photo.

Dreamz, thank you. Yes, it's a time consuming process using small round brushes and lots of dabs and layers. Most of the bushes took 4 or 5 shades.

Linda, thanks. I did a lot of searching and ended up finding my reference on the last page of the lakes and ponds, etc section. The rocks right away made me think of a castle and it was pretty easy to follow the natural formation to create the towers.

Angela... LavenderSprout, that's really cute!

Michelle, thank you. Children's books have crossed my mind, but I would have to learn to paint faster.

02-11-2008, 04:12 PM
WOW!!..Michelle that is absolutely marvelous. My daughter absolutely loves doing murals....I am not sure I could ever paint that big. I did one that was 2'x3' and it took forever! (and used alot of paint...lol). You did so great!

02-11-2008, 04:25 PM
I love your treatment of the trees - they are almost like punchneedle rug work
The colors are great, too. I like your dragon and cat - I can see them starring in some children's books.

02-11-2008, 04:26 PM
Michelle, this is wonderful and will be delightful in the baby's room and for many years to follow. I have often thought about putting murals on boards especially for renters. Well done.

02-11-2008, 09:30 PM
A winner! 112 hours, wow. It shows! Great art.............:)

Lady Carol
02-11-2008, 10:36 PM
How cute and a very charming piece.

That is one big painting.

02-12-2008, 08:02 PM
Thank you Susan, Lynda, Sue, Tony, and Carol for your comments. You know what's funny is that I've been working on this huge thing and on trading cards. Talk about extremes.