I chose a text from the Bible "And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you he shall not lose his reward." Matthew 10:42. NASV.
I began to sketch ideas and play with concepts about two weeks ago. My idea was to put the verse on a scroll with a hand holding out a cup of water on one side of the verse and on the other side have a hand holding a baby bottle. This way the verse relates to the nursery environment. I sketched 18 different versions and parts of the scene.
Since the mural will not cover the entire wall but only a portion I wanted to have it contained within some boundaries that would separate it from the wall. I chose to add wide and deep shadows around the scroll and fill them with reflective colors of lavender blue and purple.
I designed a font to use by looking at the ones I have on my software and decided what would complement the verse and keeping in mind the wall is brick so has a heavy texture which means I have to keep things simple. I picked bits and pieces out of several ones and feel I got something workable and not too generic.
I could have hired or bothered friends to model the hands but didn't want to pay money and then find the project is not acceptable for the church, so I used printed, on line images and other reference material and then by combining a few got the hands believable. Once I had the hands designed everything else was easy.
DRAW and DRAW SOME MORE
I used a light box a lot and did a lot of copying of things to get the placement to where I am happy.
I spent over 20 hours on it.
|Matthew 10:42 concept sketch for a mural in the church nursery.|
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