Recent work this week – school award logos

Big City provided award logos for a couple of Southern California schools this week. We offer our congratulations and gratitude for allowing Big City to help celebrate these awards!

First: Clegg Elementary School – Huntington Beach CA

Clegg Elementary School - Huntington Beach CA - new school award panel


Next: Cope Middle School – Redlands CA

Cope Middle School - Redlands CA - two new school award panels

Recent work – Alton Marketplace Irvine – 26,070 square feet of hand painted super graphics!

ALTON-From Overpass

In Irvine, CA – this is the Alton Marketplace in the Irvine Spectrum.

The building is 648 feet on the long portion, 221 feet on the side portion, and 30 feet high.  We were given the task of painting this graphic pattern on both portions in a very bright, eye-catching array of colors. This will be accented in the near future with a pair of channel letter signs to read “Alton Marketplace – Irvine Spectrum”.

Let the fun begin!

As always, the design starts with a scale drawing – the designers in this case had a pretty accurate set of elevation drawings to do their magic with. Here is the drawing we received:


Here is a typical scale drawing we used in the field:


The best way to recreate this at full size was to make paper patterns for each of the giant spokes of the pinwheel, except for the smallest two sizes which would be full or partial patterns. The paper pattern is perforated with tiny holes, then placed in the proper location based on the scale drawing, then the perforations are dusted with (in this case) white baby powder (about $2.98 at Walmart!!) to transfer the design to the wall. It’s laborious, but still the best way.

The client had requested we apply reflective glass beads into the paint before it dried, to be able to pick up some light. That was what we did – I don’t think it had a lot of effect, but in some light it does seem to make the graphics glow a bit.

Custom colors were a part of the job. We used One-Shot’s Fieldmaster product, satin finish. The custom color mixes were provided by Signmart in Orange, CA.


We worked in sections. The design was transferred to each section then the painting began. Here are the four sections in order:





And a few progress shots…






Don’t mind giving credit to the hardworking, professional crew –  Alex KurakakeJames ThomasTracey MoloneyAmanda Lutz, and Remy Chwae.

Cut the outside edges, roll paint, blow the glass beads into it, and repeat until done.




Here is a close-up of the beads embedded in the paint – it picks up the sunlight, here:


Finally, in the evening light the glass beads did pick up light – here’s how it looked:


Another happy client was the result.

Here is one more photo, taken from across the 5 Freeway – hope it shows the size of the project.

ALTON - from Garage Roof

Completion photos from our 2017 supergraphics project – Golden Road Brewing – Anaheim CA

Golden Road Anaheim - northeast view

Golden Road Anaheim - north view

Golden Road Anaheim - northwest corner

Golden Road Anaheim - west view


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2018 – make it the year to get your school’s mascot, award, or mural done & done right!

2018 - make it the year to get your school's mascot, award, or mural done & done right! #schoolmural #schoolaward #signpainter #goldribbon #schoolmascot

Recent work – Los Cerritos Middle School stairwell hand painted mural

Recent hand-painted school mural project at Los Cerritos Middle School in Thousand Oaks, CA (near Los Angeles). It’s impact is undeniable!

First, detail photos are shown below.  It was so hard to show the whole thing in one photo that I merged the detail photos into one in Photoshop, in the last photo.

Los Cerritos Middle School - stairwell mural, left ribbon Los Cerritos Middle School - stairwell mural, center

Los Cerritos Middle School - stairwell mural, right ribbon

Los Cerritos Middle School - overall photo