Video – Up There – sign painting documentary

Sign and mural painting has a few documentary films. This one is a short film giving a feel of how it gets done.

UP THERE from The Ritual Project on Vimeo.

Recent work – step-by-step, the story of these painted exterior graphics – Golden Road Brewing, Anaheim CA

In November 2017, the Big City crew painted this building exterior at Golden Road Brewing in Anaheim, Orange County, CA.

As always, the work starts with a plan, a design. The client had provided a fairly complete plan of eye-catching graphics that they wanted to cover pretty much all the exterior wall surfaces of their 250 ft x 150 ft (approx.) building.

Here is a portion of their rendering.

Here is my scale drawing based on their layouts.

Then it was on to making patterns. These are the paper full-size pen-plotter drawings that are perforated using the old Electro-Pounce pen system. Then white or black powder is pushed through the perforations when the paper is held in place on the building. This is how designs are typically transferred full-size to the surface.

The zig-zag lines were marked at their angle-points then connected with a snap-line.

On-site, work began with paint on the first side we would work on.

First, wave stripes.

Next, colors for the zig-zag stripes.

Then, suddenly (haha) the east face was pretty much done.

Next the west face. This great crew just plugged away through it all.

Over that archway will be a channel letter sign. The archway will get a base color, then we will paint a stripe pattern over – so, more to come!

Finally, on to the north face. Still under construction, it was a bit of a challenge to access and work, but we made it happen.

Here the painted sign pattern is placed along with layout lines for the graphic pattern.

Since the weather was threatening rain, I traced the powder lines with marker (pen lines would get covered with paint).

So, we painted and painted and painted some more.

Annnnddd … here is the completed north side.

A few more steps are coming to complete this project for our client, so updates are coming. But, thanks to God (and thanks for the prayers of  friends and family) a successful project and happy clients. 

Recent work – Golden Road Brewing – Anaheim CA

Here is a quick photo from the project the Big City crew has been working on the last couple of weeks. More posts on this project to come…


 Golden Road Anaheim//

Recent work – animal hospital mural

One more hand painted mural project got done recently, at an animal hospital in San Diego, CA. This is the back wall of the hospital which the client wanted to brand. It works well as an attractive visual in the neighborhood, and to tease approaching traffic about what’s in the building. My old sign painting skills got a pleasant place to work on this one, and the client loved it.

Harmony Animal Hospital graphic

Recent work – cost-effective Costco signage

Your humble sign painter got a little cost-effective sign painting in today, for Costco Carmel Mountain in the San Diego area. The manager told me their monument sign’s painted letters didn’t match the corporate logo – I can completely understand why it bugged him!

Here is the “before” picture – the “o'” and “s” shapes were wrong in “Costco”, and the “s” was the same odd shape in “wholesale”.


After taking careful dimensions I went back to the shop to prepare. With the proper logo in hand, I created the paper pattern to transfer the design to the monument, to know where to paint – and paint out the malformed letters.

On site, I matched the background color by eye, then painted out the offending letter shapes.


Then, on to painting the client’s correct corporate logo. I also took a moment to refresh all the red, since it’s a color that fades easier than others..

Here is the final result – hand-painted cost-effective signs have created another happy customer!