Unicorn and Tortoise. 1 day in.

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Here’s how these 2 characters are looking at the end of a days painting. I’m looking forward to getting back to it tomorrow. The unicorn I used the pencil drawing I posted last post as reference and the tortoise I painted from a little plasticine model I made. This allowed me to adjust the angle  to fit onto the table in the picture. I hope I’ve got it right. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell until leaving it alone for a while and then returning and looking again with fresh eyes.

Once upon a time…

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The story is called; ‘Plant a Seed’ and the opening sentence begins;  Once upon a time some busy bees…
This picture is the beginning of a large mural at Ashley Down primary school in which a sunflower seed is planted and by the end of the story it has been nurtured into a beautiful sunflower.
Right now I’m musing on what to write (or draw) on the second page. What you you put next? Let me know, I’d love to hear your ideas.

Plant a seed.

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This picture is a work in progress (but accepted) design for a mural on the first section of playground wall in Ashley Down Primary School in Bristol. The dimensions are 2.35metres by 4.82
In the final piece, all the bees will be wearing trainer’s.
One nice feature is that the open books are going to be painted with blackboard paint so the kids can draw on them. I love art that is interactive in some way, and encouraging kids to draw is a great thing. I’ve got to design a weather proof box that will attach to the wall to store the chalk in.
Painting is planned to start on the week beginning 18th of April, which gives me just over three weeks to learn to freehand with a spray can! I really hope it’s enough time.

Alex Hykel: Artist, Puppeteer, Harmonica Player;