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Creating art larger than life

Mural painting is one of AJ’s favorite challenges. The main goal in producing a large mural on the wall, is to create it with as much ‘realism’ as possible. Some images that AJ has created on large walls, have been mistaken for photographs, which is the main idea. No matter the subject matter, AJ believes that “Photo-realism” can be achieved using most mediums… in this case ‘airbrush’.

The reference photos are one of the key elements to making a successful mural image. Storyline, composition, light source, and other important elements are a part of it as well. All these elements help create that “storyline” which is the best way of creating a visually effective mural.

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Agricultural Historium Seascape

Agricultural Historium

Sooke, BC - 2008

Completed August of 2008. With 3 assistants it took 3 months to complete this 17 mural project depicting the History of Agriculture in the Sooke area over 100 years.

The Sooke Fall Society commissioned the artist to create a background and visual experience for the annual Sooke Fall Fair. The artist used an airbrush to paint with only one color – “Sepia”. The photo corners used 2 colors – White and black.

The artist built his own scaffold for the taller parts. The images were drawn on the cement bricks by using the “Grid method”. A calculated grid transfer system was used to maintain proper proportions. Once the drawings were transferred, the artist used only his natural talent and ability to spray by hand all the images, thus creating the “Photo-realism” effect. A protective barrier using ‘polyurethane’ was sprayed on (2 layers) to protect the images from weather, time and vandals. No vandalism has been done to the project since completion.

Agricultural Historium

Seascape

Sooke, BC - 2008

Known as the ‘Pump station’ boxes throughout (6) the area of Sooke, B.C. Artists were commissioned to paint these boxes for a beautification project. The utility boxes were part of the newly installed sewer system. The idea was to really brighten this area up with my chosen bright seascape theme reference images. Volunteers were asked to help me layout and prepare the surface for this ‘Seascape’ themed mural. Using an airbrush, this time with a full basket of colors, the artist still employed realism. Notice the grid was used to still get those proportions correct, even on black metal boxes. Allan is a community supporter for artistry in the community. And he welcomes other projects for further beautification.

Seascape