3 Murals in 3 Days

 

A couple of weeks ago, I was commissioned by Megan Wappel Designs to create 3 mural illustrations for a property group called QuadReal, who wanted to create library-type installations in the downtown core of Toronto for National Literacy Day which is on September 8, 2019.

Mural 1 - 145 King Street West, Toronto

Mural 1 - 145 King Street West, Toronto

Of course, I was thrilled! I took on the opportunity and dove into work. I created the murals by painting them on 1:10 scale on watercolour paper, stitched them together in Photoshop and sent it off to the printers where they would enlarge them by 10 times.

It was such an exciting but intense project because we had to give the printers enough time to print the vinyl wallpaper, which meant that it took away from time I had to paint. I don’t think I’ve worked that hard since I was in my first year of University!

Mural 2 - Commerce Court, Toronto

Mural 2 - Commerce Court, Toronto

Over the course of 3 days, I spent nearly every hour around the clock painting or editing a painting. I decided to paint the people in the murals separately and place them on top of the background, so we could adjust them if needed based on the measurements (avoiding putting them on doors, or corners of the walls).

It was a crazy experience, and seeing them in person felt so rewarding. Most of all, I discovered how much I was actually capable of doing in such a short time, as well as how much I really love my craft. Even after 72 hours of painting non-stop, I still found myself wanting to paint when the project was over, it really confirmed to me that I’ve chosen the right career path.

A huge thank you to Megan and QuadReal for having me be part of this project and trusting me with the vision.

Mural 3, Southcore Financial Centre, Toronto

Mural 3, Southcore Financial Centre, Toronto

Click through the images below for a closer look at all the different elements of the murals!

 
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