So you’ve decided to have a fancy birthday party and invite all your friends around for cake and ice cream. Or perhaps you have a superhero-themed birthday party and invite all your little cousins around to dress up in capes and act out the latest scenes from their favourite movies.
No matter what kind of birthday party you have planned, there’s one thing you’ll want to keep in mind: What do I put on my wall?
We’re a nation of fans. Whether it’s the Harry Potter series or Sherlock Holmes, we’ve been starved of decent fictional representation in advertising. (Okay, some might say that the Hobbit is the jewel in the crown, but that’s not really advertising. They should come up with a new word for that sort of thing.)
But now that the Joker, Penguin, and others have taken their place alongside Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson on our screens, we have the opportunity to celebrate fictional characters in all their glory. And why not? After all, they’re just characters in stories.
So what kind of poster should you go for?
Well, it’s a common misconception that you need to have the entire plot of the story to put on your wall. While it would be great to be able to recreate the exact scene of your favourite movie or TV show, that’s not necessarily the case. As long as you’re able to keep in mind the main points of the story, you’ll be able to pull off a stunning piece of art that will engage your friends and family for years to come.
Choose A Suitable Character
The first step in deciding what poster to put on your wall is to consider which character you’ll choose to represent you. It might be a fitting tribute to commemorate the life and adventures of Sherlock Holmes, for example, but you might not want to show off your admiration for the great detective by hanging a giant picture of him on your wall.
Instead, consider looking at the Marvel Cinematic Universe for inspiration. For example, there’s a fine line between the heroism of the Dark Knight and the self-sacrifice of Black Widow. And while both of them are incredibly skilled at what they do, you could say that one is more appropriate for your wall than the other.
It’s a similar story with other characters from the Marvel Universe. There’s a lot to choose from, but you have to narrow it down to the top few contenders and then narrow it down from there. Remember: this is your wall, so you’re in full control of what goes on it. There are no rules when it comes to what you can and can’t have on it other than what makes sense story-wise.
The Dark Knight Vs The Joker
There are many variations of this subject, but we’ll begin with the poster that’s been in the news a lot recently. (No, not that Batman news, the other kind.) It’s been a rough week for Riddler fans after the Joker’s return in the upcoming Justice League movie. (Not that Ben Affleck’s portrayal of the clown prince of crime will be completely out of character. He can be sentimental when he wants to be.)
While the Dark Knight has always had the dumper of the two, the Joker is such an important character in the Batman legend that it would be a missed opportunity not to portray him on your wall. Of course, you have to take care in choosing the right moment to depict the Clown Prince of Crime. You don’t want to go too far and have people think you’re actually trying to emulate the Joker.
Besides, it’s not just about showing off your love for Batman’s archenemy. There are other considerations to make such as: What kind of a person are you trying to portray here? Are you trying to be funny? Are you trying to be scary? It’s a subtle distinction and one that can make all the difference in the world when it comes to successfully portraying the Joker.
The Many Faces Of Sherlock Holmes
The mystery writer and famous problem-solver Sherlock Holmes is one of the most recognizable fictional characters of all time. (Yes, even more so than Mr. Pickles. At least, his fans think so. Who cares what the rest of the world thinks, right?)
The character first showed up in print in 1881 and quickly became a popular mystery fiction writer. (Actually, he’s the reason why we have so many mysteries and detective stories in the first place. If it weren’t for Sherlock Holmes, who knows what might have happened. Hmm.)
What made the character so iconic was not just his brilliant mind but also his incredible physical attributes. Sherlock Holmes is credited with having one of the great visual imaginations of all time, which is why we have so many memorable characters and scenes from the stories recreated in pixelated form for use in advertising and merchandise.
His original appearance was as a slim, balding man who dressed in a dark, three-piece suit and a tie with a deerstalker cap. If you Google image search Sherlock Holmes, you’ll quickly see that almost everybody who portrays the character now wears this uniform. So if you want to get your hands on some Holmesmania, you better get yourself a cap.
Black Or White
When it comes to Sherlock Holmes, there’s no question that he’s mastered the art of distinguishing between black and white. (No, not the tea kind. The criminal kind.)
You see, back in the day, criminals would wear masks to conceal their identities. But in keeping with the spirit of Halloween, you Should probably go for a black face for your poster.
If you really want to go for a darker spin, you could use a really thick brush to paint the features of the character on your wall. And if you want to add a little bit of a vintage feel to your costume for Halloween, you could consider using antique brushes. The paint will chip and peel off in odd places, leaving you with a ragged looking yeti-like visage. (Not that we advise you to go around painting people’s faces during Halloween season. There’s already enough craziness going on as it is. You don’t need to make it worse by putting on a paint-covered face too.)
Whatever you do, make sure that the character you choose has a look that is both unique and unforgettable. (And, of course, make sure that you’re not hurting anyone or anything along the way.) You wouldn’t want to ruin your friend’s birthday, would you?