Saturday, March 20, 2010

Murals for NKF

So this last school project was fun to work with, sort of.

It was a lot of back and forth, changing of this and that. We used so much time on the concept idea, and composition, color choices, use of style and so on and so forth. We were actually getting to a point where we were developing headaches and large balls of frustration were building up inside.

We ended up with a great concept though. A little quirky, and odd. We were supposed to design a mural that portrayed Oslo, that gave the beholder a feeling of inspiration and joy, or something similar to that. Our concept was picture frames.

We wanted the mural to look like a wall filled with family portraits. Something everyone could relate to. We chose to place the reigning king and queen of Norway in two of the pictures, we also put in a park bench and a picture of the Norwegian Parliament, a rat, because lets face it every big city has rats. We also added a traffic light, which at least I think of when I think of Oslo, the city center is crammed with them. We also added a lynx because they can be found in nature close to Oslo. 

We took some process shots That I'm posting below. And after I'm done posting this I'm going to a costume party as Alice in Wonderland. I will be sporting a lovely (Add ironic tone) blond wig, so yeah it will certainly be fun, maybe I'll post some pictures from the whole ordeal. Until then enjoy the progress shots from the mural assignment.

we taped up the outlines of the frames so we could paint a grey base coat. It is the best way to go when doing murals. It gives you a fresh clean base to paint colors on. And keeps the color fron bleeding out on the rest of the wall.

We used an overhaed to arrange the composition to our liking. Easy to rearrange and makes it easy to tape the frames on the wall and draw up all the images.

Here, we've drawn the images on the wall on the grey base coat with pencil, and have started to paint over them.

Here's me, and the back of the head of a fellow muralist. Not very favorable lighting exactly.

This is the finished result of our labor. It took us a total of six hours for the four of us to do the entire thing.

rat with a hat

funny walk traffic light


King Harald

park bench

Queen Sonja

Norwegian Parliament


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