Oct 22 2011

Introducing the human spider or in the words of Bruce Campbell THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN

What I was hoping to accomplish.

Awhile back, I was asked to paint a mural for my cousin.  The painting was to be based off of a popular book about a little brown bear who wears a floppy red hat.  As I began to flesh out the idea and draw various sketches, I realized that it had been quite some time since I had painted anything traditionally.  Not wanting to use my cousin's walls as a guinea pig, I thought I would use my own. More specifically, my son's.  

I got an idea from a local comic book shop to paint Spiderman swinging into the room while shooting a web across the room. 

Now that I had an idea, I needed the paints and paintbrushes to bring my idea to life.  Again, not having painted for a very long time, I started to do my research for the best paints for murals.  After a couple of quick trips to the local art store, I had the paint and brushes needed.

My process was going to be as follows:

  1. Draw the image in chalk.
  2. Paint a base coat of white.
  3. Paint flat colors to define shapes.
  4. Paint highlights and shadows.
  5. Paint the details.
  6. Finishing touches.


Step 1 - Draw the image in chalk.

Using the image on the left as my reference art, I began to sketch out the drawing in chalk.

Step 2 - Paint a base coat of white.

Using leftover house paint, I filled in the chalk drawing to create a silhouette.  This step was done to ensure that my final colors would be as true as possible without the wall color interfering.

Note: This step worked well for keeping my colors pure, but created a problem.  All the lines and proportions I had worked out in the chalk drawing were now gone and would need to be re-worked.

Step 3 - Paint flat colors to define shapes.

At this point, I began to paint the various red shapes of Spiderman.  I quickly realized that my bare bones purchase of a single red color was not going to be enough.

Step 4 - Paint highlights and shadows.

Learning a little something from my previous step, I decided to paint the blue of Spiderman to include shading and highlights from the beginning.  This technique allowed me to combine steps and save a little time.  Because I had already painted the red, I had to go back over that color with a various shades to create depth and dimension.

Step 5 - Paint the details.

At this stage, Spiderman is pretty much complete.  The only thing that remains is the web pattern that covers his face and body.

Step 6 - Finishing touches.

The last step was to use house paint that matched the room to touch up any areas around the edges of Spiderman that were white from the original silhouette.


In closing, I am very happy with the way this projected turned out.  It gave me a great deal of experience to better prepare me for painting my cousins wall and also taught me a few things along the way.