Friday, April 9, 2010

Fairy Mural

This past week I did a private commission, a nursery mural. Painting on the walls feels so forbidden and fun! The client wanted fairies, butterflies and dragonflies, as well as mushrooms and flowers and animals, and I was happy to oblige her. As a big fan of Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, and other classic fairy tale illustrators, I've been drawing fairies and elves since I was a kid, so this was kind of the dream job!
Since the mural was to include so many elements, I started out with a pretty detailed thumbnail

as well as a color sketch

By the end of day one:

Day two:

Day three:

And by day four, it was done!

A few details:



It was rewarding to see my client get teary-eyed looking at it!

4 comments:

Julia Sverchuk said...

i come back occasionally to look again at this mural-totally see how your client could get teary-eyed. it's just so beautiful and sensitive...it says "new tiny precious baby will live under this tree'. I Love it so much.

Danielle C. McManus said...

Love it!

Sara said...

Wow, Audrey, so beautiful! Are you available for Boston residences, too? :-) Congratulations on a wonderful job!

audrey said...

Thanks Sara! Sure, I'd travel! Hope you're well!