All three of my kids can agree on one thing, they all love Hayao Miyazaki films. When we first decorated the house, I had painted a giant robot on my son's door. The 10 year old has been asking me to do some kind of mural on her wall or door as well. It took me a while to figure out what would be just the perfect thing, when it hit me, TOTORO!!
So, when she was visiting her other house, I took to painting her door. Needless to say, she was stoked.
This lead to my son asking me to paint something on his door. I did not want to just paint any old trend of the moment. I wanted it to be something that I knew we would all appreciate. In the process of trying to decide what to paint in his room, I came across an image from Kiki's Delivery Service of JiJi on a broom and decided I wanted to paint that in the house. My son liked it but not for his door. I decided it would be perfect for the door of the kids bathroom in the basement. We are eventually going to re-decorate that bathroom, but it is a ways off, so I thought a fun painting on the door would be a way to make it ours without too much work or expense for now. So I did this:
As soon as I finished JiJi I made a joke that I was going to put No-Face from Spirited Away in a creepy unfinished corner of the storage room. We all joked that would be both awesome and terrifying, so I went with it, and before I knew it, we had No-Face lurking in the basement:
|Lurking in the shadows|
|No-Face with lights on for detail|
And, since I was on a creative bender, I decided to add one more Miyazaki character. We have a second fireplace in the playroom downstairs. Given the fact it is the playroom, for safety, I did not want to use it for fire. Instead I put a mirror in the back and added battery operated candles. I pulled out the mirror and painted a little Calcifer from Howls Moving Castle:
I'm pretty sure Ponyo is next. Just trying to figure out the perfect image and placement. Stay tuned!