Painting Seven Samurai
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This is an empty boring wall in my kitchen. It desperately
needed something to make it look cool.
Tools 1/ 2
I' ll be painting a one color black and white picture, tor that I used
two brushes: one wmm, and one , and this little roll to
paint larger black areas.
I added about 10% water to the color to get it a bit thinner tor
Tools 2/ 2
This is my secret weapon: a projector! It will project exactly
what I will have to paint.
A Cool Picture
still from the movie Seven Samurai by Akin Kurosawa. The
goal is to get this picture onto the wall. I can' t draw, so it' s
obviously tar too complex for me.
Simplified Black & White Art
I' loaded the picture into inkscape (open source, at
and converted it into a black and
white vector graphic with
Path , Stace Bitmap , Brightness cutoff.
I played a bit with the parameters to get a nice result, and
removed some regions I was not interested in from the bottom
I exported this graphic " a bitmap, in the native resolution of
the beamer so no further scaling is necessary (1280x720 in my
Projected the picture with any image viewing app that has
fullscreen. I used this to align the projector properly and made
sure everything is straight. I took great care that the beamer
was focused and stable so that it does not move for the next
A negative image makes it easier for painting: just paint
everything that' s bright (except the mouse pointer to the tar
Its safer to use the negative, because othervise when pa ting
black you might paint accidental shadows, like the watering can
to the bottom left. this can' t happen when using the negative.
Started with a small face to see it the end result would look
good enough. First I painted all the borders with the wmm brush,
then Filled out the rest with the brush, and I used the roll
on the large parts.
Finally'. This took me about 7 hours of non stop pa
tiring and I sometimes had no idea it what I' m pal
actually look like something, but it looked great when I blocked
the projectors light.
Burnished at 1 :30 in the morning. I love it, and it looks badass "
Another picture of the result, with me for scale (sorry I had no
banana). The drawing is about wide and 1, high