Jumping into Smokejumpers Grill


Article and photos about this project Big City provided painted signs for – Smokejumpers Grill – at Disney’s California Adventure in March 2015 …


On March 20, Disney California Adventure welcomed the all-new Smokejumpers Grill. This new quick-service location is the first phase of the Grizzly Peak Airfield addition to this land, in the space formerly known as Condor Flats. As you can see in these photos, Smokejumpers Grill honors the brave men and women who fight wildfires in our California forests. In fact, did you know a smoke jumper is a firefighter who parachutes in to the site of a forest fire?  All the decorations give a nod to those brave heros. Below, the letter serves as a  back story for the Smokejumpers Grill.

The Bearpaw Basin Smokejumpers logo is found throughout Smokejumpers Grill






A “letter” pinned to one of the bulletin boards serves up a back story for the Smokejumpers Grill.

The menu has not changed that much, however they have added items like a Bacon Cheddar Burger, Grilled Chicken & Jack Sandwich and Chili…

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Progress of a painted sign – Vail Lake Monument Mural

Recently Big City had the opportunity to provide painted graphics on a two-sided 6 ft x 40 ft monument sign. Painting the graphics provided cost-effective signage for this large “canvas”.

Here is what it looked like originally – I’d say it was ready for a change:
Vail Lake - before photo

The process of providing new signage typically follows the path of settling with the client ahead of time on what we’ll be doing. A scale rendering and photo mock-up are typically provided, here is that documentation for this project:
Vail Lake Monument Mural

With approval from the client in hand, the graphic production begins. As documented elsewhere in this blog, full-size paper templates are drawn and perforated with tiny holes on the drawn lines. Charcoal is pushed through the holes on-site to transfer the design to the sign surface.

Next, I began laying in colors. The colors were intensified here, as signs need to be less subtle than printed materials to be properly eye-catching.
Vail Lake Monument Mural

More colors were painted, and the design began to take shape.
Vail Lake Monument Mural
Vail Lake Monument Mural

Part of the design included a transparent shade, that shows the background colors through it. Here are a couple of detail shots of that:
Vail Lake Monument Mural

Vail Lake Monument Mural

The layout is almost always printed out in full color at scale to be able to see what we’re trying to accomplish, and as paint colors are mixed they’re tested on this scale rendering:
Vail Lake Monument Mural
The final result:
Vail Lake Monument Mural

Before and after – Curtiss-Wright wall mural

Before: an 8.5′ x 50′ mural, maybe 30 years old. The paint was peeling and faded, and the client had an ownership change. It’s clear, it’s time for a change.

Before photo:
Curtiss-Wright Vernon

After carefully scraping and wire-brushing the old paint. The entire sign area was then washed with a TSP solution and painted with three coats of white for the background.

Curtiss-Wright Vernon

A photo during the process – shade painted first, then the lettering.

Curtiss-Wright Vernon

After photo:

Curtiss-Wright Vernon

School Spirit murals and Distinguished School logos – we help your school pride show!

Big City Supergraphics has years of experience (since 1981) providing school spirit murals and graphics for public and private schools. We’ve worked inside gyms, outside gyms, in cafeterias, and more. We’ve put graphics on floors, painted murals and distinguished school logos on big and small walls and everywhere in between.

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Here are some photos … more  at this link.
Junipero Serra High School wall

Helen Keller Elementary School - CA Distinguished School


Southlands Christian School

Chaparral High School wall

Rare sighting of me working

Evans Ranch Elementary School - CA Distinguished School

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