Travis Gillan and myself were recently commissioned by the Fort Collins Mural Project to paint a very large (close to 1,000 sf) three sided mural. The wall is located directly behind Equinox Brewing in Old Town Fort Collins.
First we started with a drawing session. During this time, we did many thumbnails and talked about general compositional ideas. Once we had a loose idea of a layout we began drawing the design in a free style manner. This process was a lot of fun and Travis ended up doing the inking and revisions to the drawing later. I did the initial coloring of the design then we worked it together and made the final tweaks. (see original sketch below)
We painted the entire piece with aerosol cans and without the use of any brushes or tape. I am very comfortable with cans and Travis had mainly used brushes in the past but he caught on quick like a true mark-maker.
The opacity of spray paint is part of what draws me to it. The combination of arching motions with the arm and delicate finger feathering is a dynamic combination of movements which make for an enjoyable experience using aerosol. Getting all the smells of the alleyways, talking with passerbys, and slightly sunburnt legs are just part of the amazing experience painting large scale murals.
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