I’ve always been fascinated by the old Disneyland attraction posters that hang in the tunnels under Main Street Station as you enter Disneyland. Nothing was more exciting as a kid than seeing these great pieces of art beckoning me to ride the Columbia, set sail with the Pirates of the Caribbean, brave the Jungle Cruise, bobsled the Matterhorn, etc. The images still give me butterflies in the stomach. Even reproductions of these posters are quite expensive, so I’ve set my mind on a previously-unattempted feat for me. I’m entering an “Adventureland” of sorts. I’m going to try to paint my own poster – acrylic on canvas.
Perhaps I’m crazy, but it’s worth a shot. Just for a teaser and to get me in the zone, I free-handed a copy of the old Jungle Cruise (Jungle River) poster tonight using pencil and Crayon on a piece of off-white construction paper. Check it out and compare with the original below. Not bad for an accounting major, huh?
Some of the details are missing in mine (the bird on the hippo’s tooth and splashes in the water at the bow of the boat), my scale is off (my boat canopy isn’t positioned quite right), and the small wording at the top is off-kilter, but I did this pretty fast. Besides, this was just my trial run. The colors aren’t quite perfect either, but hey, I raided my kids’ crayon stash. I was somewhat limited to colors like “Burnt Sienna”, “Maize”, “Gray” and “Green”. I’ll do my best to get the lines and colors dead-on for the final product.
Overall, I am very happy with how this turned out, so this will probably be the first poster I attempt. However, I’m not as confident with paint and brush. I’ll post the results when I’m done.
Wish me luck…