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!

Recent work: Hand painted Mission Statement on textured wall

Often, hand painted graphics are the best solution when you want something on a textured surface. This project is a good example of that. Southlands Christian School’s campus in Rowland Heights CA wanted their mission statement reproduced on this wall that is central to campus activity.  It reproduces in typestyle and color what is printed on their business card, a great use of branding. The ol’ sign painter strikes again, and creates another happy client!

Here is the result:


Recent work: Santa Ana Police Officers Association

Recently we were asked to provide sign painting / cost-effective hand painted signage for this building’s somewhat challenging surface. Sign painters get used to this kind of thing! The slumpstone brick has variations in depth of 1-1/2″ or more in places, so the challenge was to make the graphics look printed onto the surface. Here are the results:
SAPOA - Exterior wall

SAPOA - Interior wall

Recent work: Anaheim Packing House vintage sign project

We recently were honored to be part of the team that brought the Anaheim Packing House project to life. These signs were modeled after period signage from the time when the building was first built in 1919, and given an aged appearance to enhance the visitor’s experience.

The building is part of a development in Anaheim, California, that repurposed this citrus packing plant and an adjacent (previous) Packard dealership along with a large park area into a restaurant and entertainment district.

Find out more about the project at this link:

Here are photos of our part of the project:




Finally, someone got a photo of the ol’ sign painter slingin’ paint…
The ol' sign painter has been caught working ...

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