Winter Coziness. Have created 9 Viking shields for the Samba school Bafo do Mundo’s parade wagon.
Never worked with historical viking motifs before. Just a little about runes on a cartoon way back in time. So I’m pretty happy to get acquainted with this topic.
It’s not because the shields must be historical accurate and have old patina, but instead a strong colorful pastel that is almost neon, be course its purpose, the Copenhagen Carnival 2018. They are designed to be on the samba school’s parade wagon. Eight in all. Four on each side. The first bucket of light brown paint is almost used up. Painted all 9 plates, although only 8 will to be used. I rubbed the paint in long stripes with my hand, a little paint at the time, so it remained almost dry to work with. My right hand is pretty worn out, in fact so much that I couldn’t open my iPad fingerprint login, because the fingerprints were completely blurred and worn away.
The technique i used to get the pattern over to the wood was through huge prints. I dotted hundreds of small holes through the paper where the outlines were. After that there were a lot of dots that served as clues. I drew them up and then filled in with paint in different bright colors until it was finished. I used some brand new fresh paint to draw the last lines. Finally, i used lacquer to protect the shields against rain.
The 8 shields were mounted on the samba school’s parade wagon and finally a round metal shield bulb came on as the last finishing touch. The wagon was pulled through the city only once. It was good weather that day and everything went fine. There were many spectators and the samba school Bafo do Mundo had nice pleasure of my work, so all went well. A few days after the Carnival, we removed the shields and shortly after, most of them had moved on. Some of the shields came on a couple of kindergartens, one of them funny enough has the name Valhalla. Others went to private new owners. It was a huge pleasure to work with.