Sunday, March 6, 2011

Mural: show your school spirit

 This young family was passionate about their alma mater, Michigan State.  They wanted a mural that would show support for their team and be fun for their friends.  

 Their entertainment area was designed to look like a pub.  With seven TV screens (including one in the bathroom!), not a moment of any game would be missed.  

Could I paint Sparty, the school's mascot, standing before a stadium crowd? 
...And include fraternity brothers in the crowd?

Armed with a stack of photos and snapshots of each fraternity brother's face, I spent some time at the computer creating a collage of images.

Once all the boys and Sparty were organized, I used the posterize feature of Photoshop. 
This nifty feature turns images into illustrations. 

Like this:

For this project I used an overhead projector to put the image onto the wall. 

Let the painting begin:
Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Because Sparty is over 6' tall, I was concerned that the couple's two-year old son might be frightened of it.  But no, he ran into the room and tried to hug the picture!
....another Spartan Fan growing up!



  1. Wow, that is amazing!! I would be frightened by that Sparty, good thing its not my house... lol!

  2. That's child abuse.....go blue.

  3. Oh that's so funny! The rivalry between U of M and State runs deep....I've seen families divided by it!


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