The Discovery Conversation
Signed Contract Agreement and Design Deposit
Design Process and Sketch
From our initial design conversation, I may create a sketch. Depending on the subject and style of the project, the sketch might be a digital rendering or collage, or a pen and pencil. Many time a sketch is not necessary, but that is something we will discuss.
We then have a follow up conversation to integrate your feedback on the designs, and if necessary, I will come up with a completely revised design. In either case, the design that we settle on becomes a roadmap, not an exact literal representation of what the finished work of art will look like. In my experience, knowing the “signposts” — having a clear design direction — is imperative for a successful project. However, in order to create my best works of art, it is important to let a more intuitive creative process take over when I am onsite. When I am working in the space where the artwork will be, interacting with the people who use the space, I have more sources of inspiration than I do when I am coming up with a design in my quiet, controlled studio. I might tweak the colors, scale and composition relative to the immediate environment. Either way, the ideas I come up with onsite, “elbow deep” in paint are what make the artwork truly site-specific and integrated with the immediate environment.
Clients usually comment on how quickly the work progresses. My focus is on getting things right, and I work until we are both satisfied with the results. I let you know when I am close to completion and we review the work together to see if there is anything was missed or doesn’t feel right. We create a list of final tweaks that are needed, and, assuming it is within the original scope, I make the final adjustments. Then the mural is complete.
Trusting a mural artist with your wall is a leap of faith. I feel extremely privileged to do this work and feel incredibly grateful to each and every client who has trusted me with their walls over my 20 years as a professional mural artist.