Last week I spent painting a mural for Xclusive Professional Auto Detailing in Louisville. The owner of Xclusive called me and asked if I could paint a mural on the wall of what was to be a future showroom for cars. I made a couple sketches, looked over some photos and eventually we agreed on a design and I started the painting. This was by far the largest painting I had ever done roughly 16' x 24'.
When standing next to the wall it was impossible to make a straight line because I couldn't see what I was doing at that scale. So I ended up using a projector which I had purchased for this purpose. I projected Photoshop onto the wall and then drew on my tablet computer while the projector superimposed that image in the blank wall. Next I went and outlined my drawing on the wall using paint. After having the layout in place I proceeded to fill in the major areas of the painting with major colors which I would further adjust later when I went in with the details. One of the challenges of working at this scale was mixing colors. Even though I would mix plenty of paint for painting the sky, I would still run out and then it was difficult matching that same color. Further more mixing directly on the wall was- also not a very good method for the same reason. So I learned that the best method was to premix all the colors beforehand in large quantities and then go in with paint as if in a color by number fashion. The walls already had graffiti on them when I started the project so I had to incorporate the painting of the Louisville cityscape with the graffiti so I painted some splashes of paint around it. After all the major work- on the mural was finished I put the company logo in the sky with the use of a projector.