This is a great idea for any sort of DIY artwork: trace a simple graphic onto three canvases, and paint. So much more esthetically pleasing than if you were to just trace and paint onto one canvas. Plus i love the whale idea for a little boy room :)
Fold-Up Pallet Desk - 21 Creative DIY Upcycle Projects - MY twist on this for my room that I have to double as a craft room. Id use a smaller upper portion, just to display pictures, and have the lower part to still come down into a desk.