here we come to the last in many posts detailing my progress on this mural. at this point i only had a couple of days left to work on the mural, and a combination of rain, a fall off a bike, last minute parties and trips and odds and ends before leaving town. so the very last part of the mural was done between 5 and 6 in the morning, on a very cold day when my hands would start to freeze up after ten minutes of work. so the timelapse clips are going to be shorter than usual…
mainly what i have done on the outside was to put on a very thin coat of the truest of the blues i used on the ocean around the figure. i needed to obscure the lines between colors, and also make the sea lighter. the other thing i had to do was make his eye blue, and finalize the colors in the beard. there is black, a very strong green, and a very light green used here, and i took some even lighter green, approaching white, as highlights on the ‘gray’ parts of the beard. i wanted to make him old, but ageing is fine, too.
next was the lettering. i started by using my krink marker, and it’s the same problem with using rollers. i can’t control them well enough, and prefer a brush. tho i took pains to mark out the level baselines of the letters, i ended up putting the letters in all wonky. the baseline isn’t level at this point, and the round letters like o,s,a and d were ungainly. of course, talking to someone who stopped by to have a look while i was putting in the lettering remarked that trolls can’t write straight either, and that made me feel better. but the letters are still all wrong.
so at 5 in the morning on the day i left town, i came out with the greenish white paint, and restated the lettering. it’s now much thicker, and shadowed by a line of black. i kept getting off the ladder and moving back to take a look, and then going back in for some more work. and of course, at the end, i still wanted to put a raven at the bottom corner. i had some good experiences with the ravens of the town, and ravens are associated with trolls, so if i couldn’t talk to the trolls, i could explain myself to the ravens, and i did so. now they are my totem animal.
and this is the completed mural. i am going to copyright the image and give a permanent license to the town of fjallabyggd to use for promotion. and it’s part of a much larger project that i’m going to be giving a lot effort to. so stay tuned.