I recently painted this safari themed nursery mural in a Chicago Suburban home. The parents wanted lots of animals (and 2 golden-doodles!) so their little guy would have lots of things to look at and learn to identify. The challenge was to paint animals that were realistic but not 'scary'. I did this by using soft colors, rounded edges and subtle details. Painting realistic 'eyes' can make an animal look almost too realistic so I purposely kept it a little more whimsical.