This week, I decided to show off a project I have actually been working on for quite a while but just recently completed.
What did you choose to do?
My parents live outside of Fresno, California, in the Central Valley. Our house is on about 4 acres of land, so my dad always decorates the yard with Christmas lights and decorations. Last summer, I decided to paint some life-size characters from different Christmas movies to add to the display: the Abominable Snowman, Yukon Cornelius, and Hermey from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Heat Miser and Snow Miser from The Year Without a Santa Claus. I have been working on them consistently, and I just now finished them, just in time to put them out on display this year.
Why did you choose it?
I chose these characters because they’re well known and loved. I love painting, so I wanted to challenge myself to paint these life-size characters that I could eventually add to our display. First, I sketched the outline of the character on a large sheet of plywood. Next, I cut the character out of the plywood using a jigsaw. Following that, I prepped and primed the plywood. After retracing the character onto the plywood, I began the painting process. Finally, I outlined everything with black paint and painted the edges black.
How did it turn out?
I’m so happy with how they turned out! It took a lot of time, patience, and paint to complete these characters, but I’m really proud to have something I made myself out with our display.
What would you do differently next time?
I do wish I had made Yukon Cornelius a bit bigger because he looks so small compared to the Abominable. The Snow Miser’s jacket also ended up darker than I wanted it to be. However, I don’t see myself redoing this project anytime soon since it was very time-consuming. I do see myself painting more characters though, such as Rudolph, Clarice, Santa Clause, Sam the Snowman, and some of the toys from the Island of Misfit Toys in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.