Retro Mural Design

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I recently created a series of murals for Oregano’s restaurants as part of refreshing their outdoor signage and all around brand enhancement. In addition to these murals i illustrated a host of other graphics including menu covers and wine labels. I had a blast working on this retro style and at this point I’ve got a good understanding of the brand “ins and outs”. After the concept phase, I set to work on sketches.

The Band

I considered a quartet in my first sketch but the client decided on “Big Band” messaging for the finished art. I made partly articulated silhouettes to allow the faces and instruments to show through while still giving off a subdued feel.

 Layin’ on the horns!

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As a kid I remember cutting out silhouette portraits of Abraham Lincoln in elementary school with my blue LEFTY scissors. Boy was I special with those scissors, only 1 pair in the entire class!  Working on a silhouette makes me think fondly back on that simple elementary craft project. Do kids still make presidential silhouettes in school these days?

Finished Big Band mural

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Fine with wine

Fancy ladies holding wine, need I say more?

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Final mural guides you towards a glass of mirth.

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A sly come hither stare, is that witchcraft?

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Hopped Up

More libation specific messaging. I dig how his left arm completes the badge shape I have going in the background.

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I kept my art simpler with flat color for easier application to the rough surface. I’m always conscious of how best I can streamline my design for it’s intended use.

A detail of our rumpled retro hophead.

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Of course a huge shout out to Gary at Free Range Productions for the collaboration.

Want to view more murals & outdoor art? visit the Outdoor Art Portfolio.

 

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