The Birth of a Mural

It's hard to believe that last year at this time I was still making changes to the design of the White-Allen Mural. Let me show you were we started in December of 2015 and I'll take you thru the various iterations.

The client was truly wonderful to work with and had many ideas. We began with vintage Chevrolets.

The client was truly wonderful to work with and had many ideas. We began with vintage Chevrolets.

Color and model variations. I really want a Chevy Nomad.

Color and model variations. I really want a Chevy Nomad.

Let's add some Dayton scenes.

Let's add some Dayton scenes.

And let's work on another mural for the south side of the building.

And let's work on another mural for the south side of the building.

At this point we regrouped. We came together and brainstormed, "What makes Dayton special?" INVENTIONS!!

At this point we regrouped. We came together and brainstormed, "What makes Dayton special?" INVENTIONS!!

All while continuing variations on the south side. Many color variations. 

All while continuing variations on the south side. Many color variations. 

Sometimes you have to go crazy and then pull yourself back together.

Sometimes you have to go crazy and then pull yourself back together.

It's a process!

It's a process!

What if we play with the color?

What if we play with the color?

Now it's coming together.

Now it's coming together.

Always remembering to question, "how will both sides work together?"

Always remembering to question, "how will both sides work together?"

Can we extend the Wright Flyer off the page and add another invention? Of course!

Can we extend the Wright Flyer off the page and add another invention? Of course!

How will the look in place?

How will the look in place?

Now where do you start? The painters begin by projecting and tracing the design to the building.

Now where do you start? The painters begin by projecting and tracing the design to the building.

Many thanks to White-Allen for making Dayton more beautiful!!

Many thanks to White-Allen for making Dayton more beautiful!!

Today has arrived. It's Complete.

Today at 4:00 a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held downtown at Riverscape to mark the completion of the River Run Mural. Jim Bucher will be at the Pavillion leading the countdown.

Necessary Revision

The River Run mural design was created on the computer via Adobe Illustrator. When looking at the screen for a long period of time, I was unable to get an accurate feel for how the actual paint would appear on the concrete wall. There are 2 areas of the design that the green does not "pop" from the blue background. Below is the first example:

It's next to impossible to see the green lines to the left of the kayaker. After seeing it firsthand I asked the painters to paint over the green line with the darker chocolate color. The same color combination is in the design later down the wall and the change has already been specified.

It's next to impossible to see the green lines to the left of the kayaker. After seeing it firsthand I asked the painters to paint over the green line with the darker chocolate color. The same color combination is in the design later down the wall and the change has already been specified.

Major improvement

Major improvement

You can see that it's not going to work this way either. Below is the revised color.

You can see that it's not going to work this way either. Below is the revised color.

Again, major improvement.

Again, major improvement.

The painters at K12 have been amazing, and are moving along more quickly than imagined. It's mainly because of how well they set-up their process to paint. They went in and painted the background and overpainted the individual design elements via projection. Below are a few photos that Tracy, the head painter, sent over this past weekend.