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I feel pretty strongly that if a client wants me to paint a logo or cartoon character, it needs to look exactly like that logo or character. I’ve seen so many murals when Mickey Mouse looks like Mickey Mouse, but not really. Or a Football Team logo has really weird proportions. My guess is that these artist are freehanding it. I don’t think it’s cheating to use a projector and I finally purchased one last year. This takes the “I can’t draw” argument away from people who say they can’t do decorative painting or murals. (No excuses, ladies!)
As an example, I am showing you a Pittsburgh Steelers desk I just completed for a client. This is a little out of the ordinary for me, but decorative painting is not just for chicks! (I’m actually about to do a Star Wars mural…very fun!)I purchased a Kwik Draw projector and have been happy with it. There are some negatives – if your image is large the edges are blurry and the room has to be really dark to be able to see the image clearly. The pluses are it’s inexpensive (about $100), very simple to use, and it takes a standard light bulb. I printed up a copy of the logo from the Internet and put it in the projector. Since the logo was being painted on the top of the desk, I tipped the desk forward and put the projector on the floor. I traced the logo lightly with a pencil, then turned the projector off and the lights back on. Now, on to the painting…
This is the final product. I freehand almost all of my furniture and most of my murals, but there are times when it needs to be exact. This was one of those times and I am pleased with the results.
I have seen projectors for as cheap as $20…I even saw one new in the box at a thrift store this weekend. If you want to do murals or painted furniture, but you can’t draw, give this technique a try!