Job Site Map
This is by far the largest project I’ve completed – a hand-painted mural on a 500' long, 8,000+ sq. ft. retaining wall that wraps around an apartment building called The Pierpont, outside of Houston.
The wall is not uniform height. It ranges from about 6'-20'. In order to tailor the design to the flow of the contour, I calculated a couple of contour models from the site blueprints.
I also started with the color study to start visualizing the mural's palette.
Building facade, reflecting the brand's art deco/mid century modern aesthetic.
With the wall providing the view from some windows, I recognized the need to prioritize adding depth and a soothing atmosphere (vs. subject matter or impressive photorealism) as I developed the concept.
I took a photo like this from every apartment window, and returned to them often while designing in order to keep the residents' experience in mind.
View from 2nd floor apt.
View from porch.
Concept Development v. 1
Master Mood Board.
In the early stages, I would often just sit and stare at this board, making random notes as they came to mind.
Round 2 Sketches
This was after I decided to incorporate the line work from Pierpont's logo and lean in more heavily to the art deco/modernist interpretation of cityscapes and nature scenes.
A big breakthrough moment came after Round 2, where I realized that this visual world was not only art-deco/modernist, but transparent colored paper, cut into shapes.
Round 3 Sketches
Wall centerpiece after digital drawing.
Converting sketches to digital drawings.
Well section concept preview, left.
Wall section concept preview, right.
Testing out short throw projector gridlines
I'll be using an ultra short throw projector rather than traditional projection or gridding techniques.
Apartment view mockup.
Again, I prioritized the resident's view in developing this concept. This is a mockup created from my site visit photos.
I've been working on this section, knowing that it needed to be more inspired than the last draft; which was cool, but this is an important section. This is the section of the mural that residents/viewers see near the front entrance and courtyard, just before the mural curves around the corner of the building and out of sight.
So I want this section to draw the viewer in. The woman looks down the entire length of the mural. I hope that this will make viewers want to follow her.
Final Concept Mockup 9/29/17
OK. This feels complete. In addition to the Storyteller, I extended one of the ocean sections with a scene inspired by the people of Houston.