Recent school mural project – Gabrielino High School

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:

Track Shed - progress

Track Shed - progress

Here is the track shed, done:
Track Shed - completed

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:
Press Booth - progress     Press Booth - dimensional letters

Here is the press booth, completed:
Press Booth - completed

Press Booth - completed

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:
Wrestling Wall Graphic - progress

Day 1 completed – it was so hot that power went out to the gym and I had to call it a day:

Wrestling Wall Graphic - progress

Here is the wrestling gym, completed:

Wrestling Wall Graphic - completed

Finally, out on the baseball / softball / soccer fields, an equipment shed that faces the entry of the school. A perfect place for a school pride graphic! Here are a couple of progress shots:
Baseball Shed - progress

Baseball Shed - progress

And here are a couple of photos of the completed project.

Needless to say, everybody loves their newly dressed-up school buildings!

Baseball Shed - completed     Baseball Shed - completed

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.

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!