Now if you ask most parents if they’d let their child paint their favorite movie characters on the walls of their room… pretty sure they’d laugh followed by a “heck no” type of response. Not my parents. For some reason when I was fifteen and asked if I could paint the likes of Jack, Sally, Lock, Shock and Barrel on the walls of my bedroom, they actually said YES!
I remember when I saw the very first trailer for Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas on TV. I was 5 and the commercial completely grabbed me. I HAD TO SEE THIS MOVIE. I wasn’t a normal kid. I didn’t play with dolls or barbies. I played with rubber bugs and teenage mutant ninja turtles and always loved scary movies and creepy things. So it didn’t really come as a shock to my parents when I begged them to take me to see it. I can go on and on about the movie but as I’m sure most of you have seen it by now, it really is an incredible film and truly one of a kind and it had a huge impact on me. I was always drawing cartoons since I could hold a pencil but this movie inspired me to make my own clay figures and continue drawing and painting and once I had the idea to paint the characters on my walls… my parents just sort of went with it. Lucky me! My parents are pretty cool..
I used a small wall calendar for reference and free-hand drew them with a pencil. Next I went over the pencil with a sharpie. If you’ve ever tried to write straight up and down with a sharpie, the ink goes out pretty fast… Needless to say I went through about 100 sharpies on this little project but #WorthIt
I then painted everything and lastly went over everything one last time in finer detail with… yes more Sharpie.
Anyway, I was pretty happy with how it turned out! I haven’t lived with my parents in years and my bedroom has since become a sort of a storage room and craft room yet they haven’t painted over the characters and in fact they even like to show it to new guests or company when they come over, which still puts a huge smile on my face. 🙂