Photo Album – School Graphics & Awards

Timelapse – UC Irvine Peter the Anteater painted graphic

One more recent project from the sign painting side of Big City – a mural painted on the side of this water tank at UC Irvine…

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Back in the beginning of August ’16, I finished this one in 30 seconds… (apparently). Thanks go to UC Irvine in Orange County CA for the video.

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Recent school mural project – Claremont High School

Over on the sign painting side of things – a mural painted on the interior walls of this High School gym…

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Gym graphics were the project at hand recently – this time, all four interior walls of this gym at Claremont High School in Los Angeles County, CA. Our design included shadowy wolves staring down this school’s sports competition!

First, photos of the finished product. Then, some progress photos below.

Claremont wall 1 - gym graphics

Claremont wall 2 - gym graphics

Claremont wall 3 - gym graphics

Claremont wall 4 - gym graphics

This old gym had existing graphics that were painted around 2007. These photos show how the old graphics began disappearing under new paint:

Beginning paintout of the old graphics -- side walls

Side Partial

Next: the focal point, which I ended up calling “Wolf Hill”:

Wolf Hill - Beginning

Wolf Hill - Progress shot
Wolf Hill Partial

Note the conduits / ducts that were unavoidable. My job is to make them disappear! Painting over these with care to continue the lines of the surrounding graphics requires an enormous amount of extra work to do, but the result is they “disappear” in the final product.

Wolf Hill - Pipe conduit detail

Pipes, ducts, and conduits

It started, as always, with a design drawing (below). It ended with more than 15 gallons of paint applied with much care to the…

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Recent school mural project – Gabrielino High School

A hand-painted school mural project recently, over on the sign painting side of Big City Signs. Here is how it went…

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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    

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Recent work – progress of a school mural

Here’s a school mural project done recently over on the hand painted graphics side of the company. Take a look!

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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…

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Supergraphics – corporate murals