McKenzie & Elliott Creative, LLC
MES Creative Services | CHS, SC
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8,500 Sq. Ft. Residential Wall Mural – Spring, TX

Production gallery and notes below.

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Job Site Map

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.

The Pierpont

The Pierpont

Building facade, reflecting the brand's art deco/mid century modern aesthetic.

Mood Wall

Mood Wall

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 2nd floor apt.

View from porch.

View from porch.

Front entrance.

Front entrance.

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Concept Development v. 1

Concept Development v. 1

Master Mood Board.

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

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.

Paper Cutouts!

Paper Cutouts!

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

Round 3 Sketches

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Wall centerpiece after digital drawing.

Wall centerpiece after digital drawing.

Converting sketches to digital drawings.

Converting sketches to digital drawings.

Well section concept preview, left.

Well section concept preview, left.

Wall section concept preview, right.

Wall section concept preview, right.

Testing out short throw projector gridlines

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.

Apartment view mockup.

Again, I prioritized the resident's view in developing this concept. This is a mockup created from my site visit photos.

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The Storyteller

The Storyteller

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

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.

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