Recent work: Hutchinson Middle School hand painted school mascot and award murals

Mr. Big City’s hand painted graphics and sign painting skills got a bit of a workout over the last couple of weeks with this project!

At Hutchinson Middle School in La Mirada CA, a project I had painted in 2016 had to be repainted because the entire MPR building got a much-deserved remodel. The client at that time had given me pretty free reign to create a graphic hawk mascot inside the campus and a “Welcome” mural on the entry side of the building. Here are some details on the project.


A little history on the hawk mascot design might be interesting — he started as a photo that I traced in Adobe Illustrator with a Wacom pen and tablet in color layers. The idea was to create a kind of paint-by-numbers graphic look. Below is how that tracing looked in progress. Trust me - it got better looking as it moved toward completion! The second photo shows the paint being mixed for each color.

HUTCHINSON HAWK ART PROGRESS
Hutchinson Hawk mascot paint color match

Next, on site, the painting began. First, the base coat…

HUNTINGTON HAWK START

Then on to filling in colors…

HUNTINGTON HAWK PROGRESS COLLAGE

At the end of this part of the project, the hand painted hawk mascot mural looked like this:

HUNTINGTON HAWK COMPLETED HAND PAINTED MURAL

Next, the entry side of the school got a fairly large “Welcome” mural, including their Distinguished School Award and Gold Ribbon Award. This was to be painted on the same rough stucco surface. The design is transferred to the wall with paper patterns, pushing charcoal through the tiny holes traced on the lines of the design.

SCHOOL WELCOME MURAL DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL AWARD GOLD RIBBON AWARD

So then it was off to the races, painting the colors in…

SCHOOL WELCOME MURAL DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL AWARD GOLD RIBBON AWARD

And here is how the final project looked. The school was very happy with the results!

SCHOOL WELCOME MURAL DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL AWARD GOLD RIBBON AWARD

Here are a couple of detail photos of the California Distinguished School Award sign, and the Gold Ribbon Award sign — both hand painted on rough stucco…

SCHOOL WELCOME MURAL DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL AWARD GOLD RIBBON AWARD
SCHOOL WELCOME MURAL DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL AWARD GOLD RIBBON AWARD

You might be thinking about getting this kind of project done, Do you know where to start? I can tell you - contact me, Paul Borne (president of Big City Signs) to find out more.

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