The Mural process
The mural process varies per artist, but in this article, I will explain what you as the client can expect from me and my process.
So you’ve looked at my portfolio and my services page, you like my style and you’re ready to proceed. Awesome, I love you. … er, did that just get weird? Ok backtrack: Thank you. – that’s better.
Step 1. They meet:
The best thing to do is to start with a meeting at the site for the mural. This will give me a chance to look at the wall, and to take into account any unusual factors that may effect the pricing. It also gives me chance to get a feel for the theme of the place, as we discuss the theme you’re looking for or what you have in mind. (If you don’t know, that’s fine, in fact often better than if you do know, because it allows me to create a theme for you). After we discuss what you’re looking for, I will give you a rough estimate of the price. At this stage it is only a rough estimate based on how long I think the mural will take, and the materials needed. The final quote will come with the sketch.
Step 2. The sketch.
Depending on the size of the wall, the sketch can take as little as a day to several weeks. It is vital to get the sketch just right, so a lot of planning goes into the sketch, it is not uncommon to spend longer on the sketch than the actual mural. This is why I may email you a very rough sketch first for approval before drawing it out in detail. If you do not like the first sketch, I will do another for free. There may be a fee associated with any additional sketches. Once the sketch is done, I will send you a final quote based on that sketch.
Important Note: It is vital that you are happy with the final sketch. That sketch is what is going on the wall. This is the time for changes. Once on the wall, it’s too late.
Step 3. Pick a date.
So you’ve approved the sketch, now what? Pick a date and time. I am fairly flexible on the hours I work, so I can usually accommodate most schedules. Ive painted some murals late at night when the restaurant was closed and other during regular business hours, taking a break for lunch rush. It’s what works best for you, but I will need access to the wall for at least 7 hours a day. (If left to my own devices I will usually put in a 10-14 hour day). It’s usually at this stage that money will change hands. Half up front is pretty standard.
Step 4. Project.
I will need access to the mural without much light at first. That way I can project the mural onto the wall. This would normally be after business hours, or early in the morning. If the mural is indoors, usually simply turning off the lights will be enough. If it’s an outdoor mural, I will need to come at night or very early in the morning before the sun is up.
Step 5: Paint.
With the mural projected on the wall, the only thing left to do is paint paint paint. This is the fun part. I’ll need access to an area to clean my brushes, and sufficient lighting. At this point it is too late to make changes to the sketch without bringing a halt to the project and possibly incurring penalty fees. So now is the time to sit back and watch the magic happen.
Once done, I will see if there are any small touch ups or changes that need be made, and get final approval. At this point a final payment should be made and the project is done.
Congratulations. You are now the proud owner of an amazing original work by The Shawno.