I chose the theme of 'construction' because it really can be something super interesting if you take the time to appreciate it. The concept of so many activities and materials coming together to form one building is quite intriguing if you think about it! blah blah..
I combined realistic, semi-realistic and abstract elements into this mural, and the most interesting part is probably the vinyl sticker collage. yay!
The construction scene is made up of individually cut little pieces of sticker! (check out the WIP! hehe) I had 10 different colours, some opaque, some translucent, so it was fun to emulate tones and textures with just them. Vinyl stickers are the things you usually find on shopfront decor, or as 2D die-cut graphic wall stickers, or like on cars.
I really loved and enjoyed using the medium in this way. I think its pretty unique, and have yet to find another person who uses vinyl stickers in this way! It'd be cool if I am the first to do so... i'll give the technique a ubber-cool name like fuzzyzebraism. hoho.
The crane-like structure is also made out of long hand-cut vinyl stickers. 3 colours used there. Climbing up to the ceiling with the giant ladder was SCARY and creaky and dusty and HOT (hot air rises?)!!! =O Each crane structure took 7 straight hours of work (which is not fun when you have to try your best to not lose your balance and fall to your death - I SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT A CHERRY PICKER!).
I got really OCD with the painting section. Kept making myself touch up the lines to make them perfectly sharp. All the geometric shapes are made up of only perfectly horizontal, vertical and 45degree angles, so that preoccupied most of my ocd-ing tendencies. *crazed laugh*
Took me about 3 weeks to complete (with 2 overnight shifts which were super fun, lol), but planning and exploring the theme started much earlier. I might upload some of my prep-work later.
Oh, and the mural's located in my school - the door you see there is the Art Gallery entrance! So people can walk under my crane archway hehehe. It sorta looks cool when the doors are open and the cranes break apart and point everywhere.
On a random note, I was really afraid that the bulging half-pillar would be a real distraction that broke the 2D plane, but now i think it gave the mural a bit more dynamism and intricacy. whew!
Uhoh, didn't mean to write so much! My 3 weeks of dA starvation has its effects on me.
ps: i really hope the strong afternoon sunlight won't bleach the vinyl in the years to come. fingers crossed! o yea, the mural's gonna be left as a permanent fixture even after the exam! i'm so lucky to get to leave a mark on the school campus (without having to do anything illegal >=])
Hand-cut vinyl stickers and emulsion paint
a more recent piece with a similar theme and process:
some prep work leading up the final piece: