Generally, I start painting the background first and then add the characters afterwards, because it saves you a little time not having to worry about messing up your tight lines with background. But, in the end, painting is about having fun, mostly, so feel free to start with whatever you're excited about!
I took pictures of the little boy who this mural is for and used that for reference when adding this little guy. It's fun to add those little personal touches in order to make it special and unique.
When you're painting, or waiting on someone to finish painting for you, keep in mind that things like trees and grass and backgrounds usually go really quickly and detailed work like figures and text can be much more consuming. Just so you're prepared!
I recommend using paint pens for text. They're more expensive, but can really speed things up.
Another tip... I've found old plastic shower curtains make GREAT drop cloths! The paint doesn't leak through and it feels good to be recycling too!
I also added name tags on the figures in this scene. I put the names of the little boy whose room this is on the boy in the foreground and his brother's on the boy in the background.
Here are some close ups on some of the far away details in this mural. Adding details can seem tiresome, since they're often so small and tedious, but they really do make a big difference.
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