Recent work – school mural

Big City provided a school mural at the entry to the school recently for Hutchinson Middle School in La Mirada, near Los Angeles in southern California. Here’s the final product:

 
Mural project - Hutchison Middle School - Downey CA

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.

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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!

Progress of a school spirit sign project – Serra High School Gardena CA

This sign painter was asked to transform the sports facility at Serra High School in Gardena, just outside of Los Angeles CA with hand painted signs and other graphics commemorating their sports championships. The place to start this project was the parking lot side of a snack-bar building that faces the parking lot, at the entrance to the football field. Along with that, we provided a unique, permanent display attached to the football scoreboard posts, and a digitally printed mesh banner for the baseball side of things.

Here are the results:


The wall facing the parking lot at the entrance to the football field — here’s the before picture — a perfect location for what they wanted to do:
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First, sign painting – the school logo on the rooftop screen wall, and a base coat for the school seal mural:
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Next, I start laying in colors on the seal mural. White for the letters, grays for the Father Serra illustration, red cut in around it all for the background, blue cut in around the outer letters:

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Look, ma! Halfway there:

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One of the helpful tricks I use is to print out a scale version of the larger finished work so I’ll know where I’m going. Here is the finished seal with the scale rendering:

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Then, the lettering. Here’s a detail of that part of the project:

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Here’s the completed wall — that part’s done!

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Next, our attention turned to the scoreboard display. This is a location where wind can be an issue and if this display was solid material it could end up blowing off it’s attachments! That’s something nobody wants. We used perforated aluminum for the backing panel, attached to aluminum strips which in turn were bolted to brackets strapped to the posts.

First, the straps on the posts — these are the permanent, stainless steel “Band-It” straps that city agencies use; a big step up in durability from the typical product used by sign shops. They require a special tool to install, but they don’t come loose. Here’s one:

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Next step, install the horizontal aluminum strips onto the brackets, and screw on the painted perforated aluminum panels:

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The graphics are cut-out Dibond aluminum composite material, pre-coated white. Computer cut vinyl and digitally printed vinyl provide the color. The individual letters and logos were attached with screws and silicon to the mesh aluminum:

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And, here’s the finished product — built to last:

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One more thing — the digitally printed mesh banner celebrating their baseball championship. Mesh banner windscreen material works well in windy locations for large banners. Here’s the result:

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Car wraps – consider this quote from one of our vendors:

Car wraps are more vital to your business than ever. One of our vendors wrote:
“For the 20 million small businesses that can no longer use yellow pages to drive growth, wrapping their vehicles is the cost-effective solution.”

– Frank Fellers, owner of FELLERS

Take a look at samples of our work – click here, or on photo below.

Vehicle wrap graphics