Painting II (Mural in Long Beach, CA)

Hello, Internet!
This blog post is to sort out the process I went through in creating my first large-scale mural last month at Public Beer Wine Shop in Long Beach, CA. I was commissioned to create a 9 x 5 x 4 ft. piece of art that incorporated iconic Long Beach images – and drinking, to keep with the theme of the location! I had never created a painting this size by myself before, and I had the added challenge of a close deadline. In five days, most of 3/4 of a room was covered in my trippy outsider’s homage to the LBC.
LBC Public Mural Sketch - Julia Trimboli
LBC Public Mural Sketch – Julia Trimboli
These sketches were approved before moving forward with painting the room at Public.
LBC Public Mural Sketch 2 - Julia Trimboli
LBC Public Mural Sketch 2 – Julia Trimboli
On a Monday, I began working by laying out the general shapes and line art on the walls.
Long Beach Public Mural - Stage 1
Long Beach Public Mural – Stage 1
This stage has always been essential for me whether I’m painting with oils or acrylics, in Photoshop with a tablet, or drawing in my sketchbook. Getting the layout correct paves the way for the entire work. It is absolutely necessary to get a grasp on proportions, layout of all elements (figural, architectural and otherwise) and hierarchy of these elements during this stage if you plan on following those structural boundaries as you work.  So, with light blue paint, I transferred my design very loosely onto the walls, and then moved on to filling in large blocks of color.
Mural in progress 1
Mural in progress 1
Mural in progress 2
Mural in progress 2
I used Behr brand interior matte paint in primary colors, mixing the colors I needed in a bowl as I went. A quart each of black, white, red, blue and yellow paint was more than enough to cover all of the mural. I tried to move back and forth across the design, filling in bits here and there instead of focusing on one wall or section at a time. I think slowly building up the ‘big picture’, especially for something like a mural, preserves consistency of style. A lot of the detail work was filled in with acrylic paints and paint markers. By Friday afternoon, I was almost finished.
Long Beach Public Mural - Stage 2
Long Beach Public Mural – Stage 2
As far as the actual design goes, I did some light research on the most recognizable landmarks of Long Beach as well as taking suggestions from residents I know.  I wanted to emulate street art and some of the fun, wacky murals I’ve seen, while retaining some facets of personal style – in this case, I think the color palette is very ‘me’. :p
Many requests were made for cute animals, which translated to Doge and Lil Bub enjoying some alcoholic beverages. They don’t have much to do with the LBC but I will use almost anything as an excuse to draw celebrity pets!
LBC Mural Pano
LBC Mural Pano
LBC Mural Wall 1-1
LBC Mural Wall 1-1
LBC Mural Wall 1-2
LBC Mural Wall 1-2
LBC Mural Wall 2-1
LBC Mural Wall 2-1
LBC Mural Wall 3-1
LBC Mural Wall 3-1
Mural Detail 1
Mural Detail 1
Mural Detail 2
Mural Detail 2
Hopefully those of you reading found this post interesting or helpful. Murals are fun, and a heck of a lot of hard work. Would I do it again? Absolutely! If and when that happens, I learned a lot and feel more confident to work large-scale than before. 🙂
– JT

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