This post features a community mural commission project I designed and painted last summer. My philosophy is simple, make something that reflects the spirit of the community. Typically I interview the business or community and following that I will draft a mock-up so everyone can get an picture in their mind’s eye. Although on commercial murals we tend to copy exactly from the original artwork (that includes the colours and the compostion) I like offer a simple picture that shows the composition. This gives us some room to work with the imagery and it allows for some creative flexibility.
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This is my third largest independent mural to date, it took one month to complete thanks to some much needed help from my partner. I like to use vibrant colours in all of my murals. I keep my colours stocked because quite often I will ask those who pass by what their favourite colour is and will add it as long as it flows well. This really excites people and they makes them a part of the process. I like to both mix my colour and use prefab colours. I have been rolling with Golden products lately they have great colour selection and also make a special aribrush medium that promotes adhesion to the surface, which is helpful on sea cans and smoother surfaces. An important step for me is a nice finishing coat. This protects the mural from the elements, and human nature. I don’t like to compromise to much when it comes to my independent murals but given certain budgets one has to be resourceful and learn to work with what you have. I really try hard to make sure nothing goes to waste and I use a layering technique with my paint that allows me to use a little less paint overall, although it is a little more labour intensive. Also I only had two airbrush guns working on this one, a medium and large format, I find two brushes is easier to maintain and keep clean, the more guns you use the more you have to clean, and cleanings a huge part of murals, there’s no way around it. The last thing I do is apply a topcoat that protects from the weather elements and also human nature.
My murals is art for the people. I put a lot of pride into my work and although it is a lengthy process, when it is complete the feeling is like no other.
I am working on putting a time-lapse video animation experience together for you of this mural, patience please these things take time, Thank you, Management