I am happy to share some news! I just finished painting this entryway wall yesterday, for the Chicago Workforce Center at 1700 W. 18th Street, in the heart of Pilsen.
The brief was open. I could create anything I chose, so I took into consideration the use of the building and the audience that would be passing the mural every day. Because it is a workforce center where people come when they are unemployed and seeking help, I chose a bird icon to represent soaring, flying, and taking off. The dynamic wake of colors and patterns—a stylized landscape—represents good vibrations and happiness. It is meant to have a simple, universal message of positivity—a bold, bright, uplifting design.
A little bit about my process...I designed this piece completely on the computer, no pencil sketch. To get it on the wall I drew a grid of square inches over the design, then drew a grid of square feet on the wall and was able to scale it up without trouble.
The mural is in Pilsen, a predominantly Mexican community in Chicago, and the color palette fits in perfectly. I received lots of compliments about the colors in Spanish (then English when I said my Spanish is not so good), so I think I hit the mark.
This is the first project I have done in a VERY public space during open hours and it was an unexpectedly positive experience. (I did have one creeper who wouldn't leave me alone, who the security officer had to come out and scare off, and two guys hit on me, but everyone else was super encouraging and complimentary.)
Can I just say, you should all have dozens of people tell you how great and talented you are while you work! It was a real feel-good experience.
I am super pleased with the results and the client was too! Thanks for looking!