October 13, 2020 at 11:08 am #824582October 14, 2020 at 1:59 pm #828994October 15, 2020 at 3:11 pm #830470October 17, 2020 at 3:06 pm #834140Debbie HParticipantNo badges. No points.
Your murals are looking good Erik. You asked about the underwater one – my only comment is that it perhaps looks a little empty; if you still have time and the lift, it could do with another couple of creatures/objects?? The dolphin looks like it’s an addition to this same mural? It may look that way to me because of the wide angle lens distortion though, so take my thought with a big grain of salt. Congratulations – you’re so close to the end!!
October 17, 2020 at 6:03 pm #834760October 20, 2020 at 2:33 pm #846807October 22, 2020 at 6:09 pm #850301October 22, 2020 at 6:37 pm #850354GordanKnezicParticipant
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It is looking great Erik! I almost get dizzy by looking at the wall 🙂 It is very interesting composition, my eyes just keep moving around the image.October 23, 2020 at 2:55 am #850697ChristopherParticipantNo badges. No points.
What I’m curious about is than you first started with art and at the point you got your first commissions, were Murals one of your goals or did it randomly evolve over time?
Whatever the answer is I definitely really like your murals and also your other work. 👍👋
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Thanks Gordan and Christopher.
Gordan, the lighting on this wall is driving me crazy. There are overhead lights right next to the wall which make very pronounced alternating light and dark stripes at the grout lines. My perspective is fighting these strong horizontals and it makes me dizzy looking at it. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the other two huge sections of wall in this space to try and tame that lighting situation
Christopher, To answer your question, after being an elementary art teacher for 10 years, I got a job as a resource teacher helping with programs in our 5 visual art magnet schools. I first started doing murals during my lunch break and if something I had scheduled got canceled for some reason. The job evolved through several different phases, but I kept doing murals on the side with any free time I had. Now with Covid, because our district is all virtual now, I’m doing murals full time until my boss tells me to do something else. So it was really something I just stumbled into.
Im replacing a culturally insensitive image in the gym with the school’s red hawk logo. It was kind of nice just painting yellow ochre and not having to think at all.October 23, 2020 at 12:14 pm #851440Nick HausmanParticipant
I am a fan of your work. Loved the school mural with the kids and the ocean mural as well.
In the red hawk mural, isn’t the blue car rather small? Based on the yellow lines It looks like you were going for a rapidly diminishing perspective, but it doesn’t seem to match up with the road width and nearby lamppost.October 25, 2020 at 1:31 pm #857956
Thanks Nick! Yea, the blue car is a little small. There are a lot of things that are not quite right in the perspective probably because I didn’t use a grid and just used my gut. In a piece like this though, I don’t think the perspective needs to be very accurate, in fact it is really sort of not accurate on purpose. My thought with the car was that I wanted to communicate a faster diminishment toward the right and left edges of the mural. My thought with the street sign as to make it big to clearly see the form and the cast shadow which gives the image more depth.
I did a sketch for another section of the same wall. I think I might dump this idea. I’m not sure I could pull it off at the scale that I have to paint it, and those pesky stripes from the lighting might interrupt it too much since it is mostly the same value. I think I need an idea with strong graphic shapes and more range of contrast in the values.October 26, 2020 at 11:47 am #860063
Thanks to all who left comments and/or viewed this thread. It has been really beneficial for me posting everyday and getting feedback from the NMA community. Hopefully, some of you have gotten some benefit from my posts as well. There is always a little bit of the teacher in me that comes out in my work and in my posts.
I feel like I have learned a lot from this challenge. I’ll probably do another 100 day challenge, but take a little break for a while before starting it.
For my post today, I had the idea to use the tiles on the wall to help make the composition instead of trying to fight them. I came up with this idea where the focus is creating some nice color harmonies between the tiles and juxtaposing that with a hard edged, graphic, smoothed airbrushed rendering of a hawk.
Here is what it would look like on the wall.
And here is the image I created.October 26, 2020 at 4:48 pm #861395Debbie HParticipantNo badges. No points.
Congratulations Erik! Really well done! It’s been great seeing all of the interesting projects you’ve done over your challenge. All the best!October 26, 2020 at 7:55 pm #862083GordanKnezicParticipant
Congratulations Erik you have accomplished a lot in these 100 days! It was pleasure following you along, all the best!
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