Time was of the essence here again, and I’d given myself 5 days to paint around 100 square metres. I did a little experimenting with samples and looking at various images of shipwreck to get a feel for the effects. The ship theme was chosen as the four sides of the wall are built like the prow of a ship. The name of the climbing wall could feature as the name on the on the ship and the chain and hook logo of The Climbing Works could be adapted as a chain and anchor motif.
Here it is on day 4. I’d added struts, rivets and portholes across the whole thing – what you can see here is less than half of it.
The name on the side was originally painted quite faded as the idea was that it was faded and peeling with the rest of the ship. Although it looked in keeping with the ship, it was not quite bold enough so a drop shadow was added to make the lettering appear raised. A simple white highlight to the opposite edge as the shadow reinforced this.
I added some green streaks and stains to the hull that helped to mute the orange in places and give it a more ‘naturalistic’ feel. The rat was added to link the ship in with the next themed area – a huge arch that connects the rear of the ship with backwall of the climbing centre. More photos to follow for this one!