You know when you have that moment of "is this really happening?...to me?"...but in a really awesome way? Well I had one of those moments a couple of weeks ago. You see, I've spent years admiring letterers and calligraphers that work on such large scales. I've been doing lettering for years and it's always been on a smaller scale, and now I had the opportunity to work on a large scale project! I got to work on my first type mural! An actual mural! Not only was I asked to do a mural, but I was asked to do it at my alma mater, in my favorite old classroom/studio.
*insert happy dance*
This is the Printmaking studio at La Sierra University and it's probably the one classroom that feels like a part of my home. haha! I've spent so much time in this space over my years in undergrad and even the years after graduating, so it holds a special place in my heart. My old professor, and now friend Tim Musso, asked me to do a mural on top of the cabinets in the blank black section you see above. In one of their classes this last spring quarter, they had a guest artist named Camilla Taylor do a demo on a copper etching technique. There was a question about bevel etiquette and her response was "Only barbarians have inky bevels." Everyone loved her response so much they all hurried to write it in their notes and commit it to memory! Long story short (kinda) they loved it so much that Tim asked me to come up with a design and paint it in the studio.
The process was long and I certainly learned a lot, but it was so much fun! I can't wait to keep working on large scale projects in the future. Here are just a couple photos of the process and some detail shots. enjoy!
And there you have it.