Big City was recently given the task of designing and hand painting school murals at four locations around the campus of Gabrielino High School in San Gabriel, near Los Angeles, in Southern California.
Here is how it went:
First, along with the paper patterns, I usually produce scale printouts at a fairly large size — it’s so much easier to know where things are supposed to go when you’re close to the wall. Sometimes it’s even dangerous to try to step back to see if it looks right!
Then, on to the school. First was this track shed. Here are a couple of progress shots:
Next, the stadium press booth. This was to get painted graphics, then dimensional brushed silver letters installed over the painted portion. The idea was to make a big impression for the school. Here are a couple of progress shots:
The next portion was indoors – fortunately, in 110˚ heat. The wrestling gym on the campus got a mural to commemorate the wrestling program at the school. A couple of progress shots – first, I used computer cut paint mask to cut the time painting the detail in the school logo/shield:
Day 1 completed – it was so hot that power went out to the gym and I had to call it a day:
Here is the wrestling gym, completed:
And here are a couple of photos of the completed project.
Needless to say, everybody loves their newly dressed-up school buildings!
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.
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.
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.
And finally, it was finished. Here is the result: