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Sticker-Collage Mural by fuzzyzebra Sticker-Collage Mural by fuzzyzebra
WIP: [link]


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. :la:

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 >=])
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Hand-cut vinyl stickers and emulsion paint


a more recent piece with a similar theme and process:
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some prep work leading up the final piece:
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Given 2009-10-10
"This work is awe-inspiring. That it is made up of cut-up vinyl stickers and only took 3 weeks to complete? Just wow. I'm not sure how to describe my wonder at this work!" Sticker-Collage Mural by =fuzzyzebra ( Suggested by PhotographyByChilb and Featured by noxiousone )
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Critique by bitchinblack Sep 27, 2009, 10:44:11 PM
I have to write a critique just because work like this deserves more than just one or two sentences.

I always admire people who can create art on such large scales, since I've never been able to do it myself (my mind just doesn't work that way, I suppose).

First and foremost, the colors are GREAT. The use of the red and yellow with just a few touches of gray creates a perfect balance. What I especially love is the graphic look of the shapes and lines. You've taken a somewhat 3-dimensional space and really utilized it. I like that the line isn't broken or distorted when it goes around that protruding section of wall.

The fact that you created that construction scene with tape, of all things, is mindblowing to me. I have a lot of respect for people who go above and beyond to create art, because it shows they actually give a damn. They care enough to kick their own asses for the sake of doing an exemplary job. Not to mention that the construction workers are anatomically correct! They aren't cartoon-like or anything, they look like graphic versions of real people.

Overall, I really really loved this (couldn't you tell?! haha). I hope you only continue to push yourself further and create more challenges for yourself. :D
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:iconlagroht:
Lagroht Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Amazing job ! :)
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:iconsurfender:
surfender Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
well deserved DD. i suggested one of your deviations a while ago. your gallery is amazing!
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
why thanks a lot! :D
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:iconforem:
Forem Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Cool! Love the inspiring style and also the subject you've chosen here.
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:iconsubzerofrosty:
subzerofrosty Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
THIS IS SO NICE, i like it, respect senior :)
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
o_o!! do i know you irl? which sch you from :D
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:iconsubzerofrosty:
subzerofrosty Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
oh, i was just randomly browsing dA, from j1 so you probably dunno me, but nice work yea :iconilikeitplz:
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mariafox Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
What type of tape did you use? Electrical tape?
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Vinyl sticker sheets. U know like the stuff people use to decorate their cars/ shop window displays?
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:iconmariafox:
mariafox Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
OH YEAH

thanks
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:iconkhaine17:
Khaine17 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
awesome sauce
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
thankyou gravy :3
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RichardTheRough Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Amazing job, already faved time ago. Time to be featured [link]
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
wow, super cool blog! bookmarked! and thanks
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:iconrichardtherough:
RichardTheRough Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
You're welcome mate.
And thanks to follow ;)
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:iconnaniska:
NanisKa Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
:clap: :clap: :bow: :bow:
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
:sun:
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:iconnaniska:
NanisKa Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
:rose: :w00t:
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junsumide Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
hello there! I actually had the chance to watch you do up this mural because I was studying at the windy benches when you were working on it.

You were using the projector (i think) to help with the construction of the crane portion of the mural, and at that time I just thought that doing something of this scale and difficulty is freaking amazing! :D


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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
yo!!! haha, hope you weren't scared by my haggardness. if i was working on the crane in the afternoon it means i had worked through the night to come. which was actually super fun cos i was blasting music throughout the whole of Block B on portable classroom speakers all night long WOOOO! and i had to sit for chem paper 2 prelims without sleep, which led to super funny trailing pen marks all over the question paper..
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junsumide Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
You didn't look haggard to me! I think it was at night when I saw you. xD Wow working throughout the night in school is really hardcore! Okay but at least your effort paid off! *claps* xD

That moving thing is so cute HAHA!!
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havockid Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
omg! i walked to RJ for the USA talk thingy yesterday and really wanted to go to the gallery!! i had a chance to visit last yr and omg the works u RJ pple do are amazing =.= gonna fail my As at this rate T_T *cry in a corner* anyway. i recalled going "SHIT thats new, damn i wanan see D:"
but it seemed to b closed so i din really go there
plus i was the only one with a blue skirt in a place swarmed with green skirts :P
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fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
what a coincidence! so did you catch a glimpse of the mural irl? hahaha how weird :D yea the gallery's usually closed unless some exhibitions are going on. I think the stuff in there now are the J1's.
you visited last year for the A lvl work exhibition? and are u studying art in jc? :dummy: :highfive:
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havockid Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
haha yea a glimpse cuz i walked the opp direction to find the LT :P

haha but i can remb that angular redness, plus it was new XD

haha but ur art rm is super cool! it was like inside the gallery.. D: i saw the grad batch of A lvl student. so i guess it was.. erm i went last yr, so the works were the yr b4's A lvl student. the guy with the dress and the black tape on wall etc. i really liked the dress one though!!

i kinda went liek during school time.. my teacher knows urs or sumthing haha

yeap im J2 now :) and studying art and dying terribly, i assume u are a year older and graduated already? :o
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
yup! just graduated last yr
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havockid Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010
haha awesome :D lol old dude :D lol~~~
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SILENCER8 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
I agreed with :iconcheaterguy:
this is beyond more than just awesome... this is very clean and bright. must be lotsa patience involved... :D :D :D congrats!

love this!
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fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
:dummy: hey, thanks! :D i used up all my patience that i was saving up for the rest of my lief. HAHA
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SILENCER8 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
hahahaha... nice work overall! :D
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:iconshkaro:
shkaro Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
This is amazing, I saw this over at coroflot too ;)
Amazing work, really amazing ;)
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
thx! coroflot? whats that!
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cheaterguy Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
This piece goes beyond that which could be called "Impressive" or "Awesome".
This piece is a mixture of artistic beauty and an astonishing creation.
Time well spent, clearly ^^
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
aww thanks! :D
finishing an art piece and feeling really happy with it is the best feeling ever! dummy:
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cheaterguy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
You're welcome!
Agreed! I recognize the feeling, so xD
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Kryptoeyez Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
This is insaaaaaane!
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BushyBashai Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We're in the vinyl business. Do signs with it :) I sooooo wish we could get a customer to commission us for a job like this. Would definitely be a more fun and creative use for the vinyl! We tend to mainly apply it to vehicles in large sheets with the graphics printed on.

Awesome stuff :)As far as being the only one, from what I have seen, you're not the first to use it this way, but you are the first I've seen to make something so beautiful with the vinyl!
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fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
aww crud. oh wells... HAHA!
yea, i must admit i thought vinyl would be such a boring medium when my teacher suggested i explore it. everyone does it the 'normal' way!
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KatsumiShiokawa Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
really amazing, I've always been interested in murals, so this really catches my eye, it's really cool how it even crosses the door. Definitely watch worthy! :)
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fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
hehe ty!
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janey-in-a-bottle Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
re-upload? you won't just update the pic here again?

good luck for the examination. :)
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
aha, i guess i meant i'll update it again later
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:iconjaney-in-a-bottle:
janey-in-a-bottle Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
okay. phew. :phew: :D
glad to know it'll be back. I've been really impressed with it. :)
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archlover4 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
thats the super coolest thing i have seen after a long time.The use of colors,the abstract composition and the way its playing with the surface is just woow..
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:iconlakandiwa:
Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
Great job, this is the first time I've seen someone use vinyl stickers for a mural.

However, do take time to research on the jeepneys (our local public transport) that are covered with sticker art.
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fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
omg those are some funky buses and trucks!
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:iconlakandiwa:
Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
Our jeepneys feature almost every thing, from portraits to word art, landscapes and cartoon characters, yes they are quite far out.

But this stick art has only appeared in the last 15 years. In the 60s-70s it was abstract art with lots of metal forms stuck to the jeepneys, then air brush art came into the scene in the 1980s, not sticker art came in about 1995.

I hope that there are some god sample in google, just look for Philippine jeepneys

However, I have never seen any sticker art using the imagery that you did. Maybe I'm mentioning all of this, with hopes to see what you can do to a vehicle :)
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thejacobskid Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
I saw the details, and this is a totally awesome art
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
thank you! :D
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:iconthejacobskid:
thejacobskid Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
absolutely cool
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nevaehell Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
Simply amazing, the combination of such flat angular shapes and realistic vector-ish forms ;p
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