Recent work – gym graphics – Corona del Mar High School

Inside the gym of Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach (in Orange County CA) – alma mater school mural graphics, along with the school mascot, the Sea King. Underneath the main graphics is a listing of donors – every member of the 2016 senior class.

This is digitally printed and computer cut vinyl, which can work well on interior wall applications like this. Thanks to Corona del Mar High School for the opportunity to help.


Corona del Mar High School

Graffiti Test (video) — Southern California Custom Sign Shop – Big City Signs


Demonstration of removing graffiti from a vinyl film laminated with Concept 108 Tedlar Anti-Graffiti film. Graffiti sample had been on the film for about 2 weeks, and is removed with the proper solvent. I try three solvents as a test.

via Graffiti Test (video) — Southern California Custom Sign Shop – Big City Signs

Recent work – progress of a school mural

Big City provided a school mascot mural recently for Hutchinson Middle School in La Mirada, near Los Angeles in southern California. The client wanted their mascot, the hawk, hand painted in a very large graphic, or what we call supergraphics, making a very impactful impression. (I speculated that they thought about using it for discipline – they could threaten to feed unruly children to it, but that’s just my odd way of thinking…)

The project started in the shop – after settling on a design, a photo was traced to create the 12 colors that would be used. That electronic file in vector format could then be drawn out on the plotter to create the paper pattern for transferring the design.


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Mural project - Hutchison Hawks!

Mural project - Hutchison Hawks!

Then it was on to the project location. After preparing the wall and the windows the graphic would be painted over, the base coat was painted.


Mural project - Hutchison Hawks!

Over the next few days, the tedious task of painting in the little blocks of color proceeded. The work began to develop, and the kids at the school really enjoyed watching the progress.

Mural project - Hutchison Hawks!   Mural project - Hutchison Hawks!
Mural project - Hutchison Hawks!   Mural project - Hutchison Hawks!
Mural project - Hutchison Hawks!

And finally, it was finished. Here is the result:


Mural project - Hutchison Hawks!

Recent work -gym mascot graphics – St. Pius X Matthias Academy gym, Downey CA

This week’s work included gym graphics – the school mascot and Alma Mater – at St. Pius X Matthias Academy gym in the southern California town of Downey – just outside of Los Angeles CA. Here are some progress shots, and the result – another happy client.

The Warrior mascot would have taken a lot of time to paint, so in this case he was printed on high-tack vinyl with a matte clear film over laminate:


Here’s the same hand, up on the wall:


Next, the Alma Mater – the background scroll was painted, with white vinyl computer-cut lettering. When you’re up close, it doesn’t make a lot of sense until you see the whole picture:


Here’s the completed project:





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