Step 1: Materials list
1. 379 1 inch wood cubes
2. 6, 8 ounce samples of Valspar paint
3. 1 tube of Liquid Nails Fuze it
Step 2: Preparation for paint
Using an enlarged sprite I found online I laid the cubes out in a rough draft. I then removed cubes based on the color they needed to be and placed them in plastic bags for painting the next day.
Step 3: Painting
I was planning on using spray paint initially but I live in an apartment and don't really have a suitable place to do this so I hand painted 1 side only and will be going back to paint the visible remainder. I originally had written down what I wanted after browsing the colors on the Lowe's website however once I got to the store I looked over the swatches and picked what I felt would work best for the project. I went with the following:
1. Black: W42004A Cooled Lava
2. Red: WV 38014 Tomato Red
3. Yellow: LA815 Imperial Yellow
4. Gray: WV37006 Simply Gray
5. Skin Tone: LA714 Light Copper
6. White: WV31001 Clean White
Step 4: 2nd Draft - prep for glue
Using my(now printed) sprite as a reference I began placing them again in order to recheck my count of each and see what the final product should be. You will want to use place holders for any open pixels. You may also want to secure any small animals away from the project as they will no doubt sabotage your efforts. In the last image below you can see what happens when I moved 2 feet away in order to setup a game on the PS3 for my 3 year old to play while I was gluing.
Step 5: Glue
Step 6: Kneel before his Psycho Power!
Finally after allowing adequate time for drying remove any(hopefully loose) spacer cubes and carefully separate from the gluing/drying surface. I had 2 cubes that were situated in a way that required me to tap them out gently. This was pretty nerve racking as I was extremely impressed it even held together(I guess liquid nails was a good choice?).