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    A glimpse into some old school mural painting. If you've ever heard the term ''pounce and paint'' (or even if you haven't) this gives you some idea how large scale imagery can be hand painted on large walls (or canvas too.) The same process is used to hand paint scenic drops for theatrical performances.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6oshTPjcWc

  • #2
    That was brilliant!! Murals at this scale has always been nothing short of magic for me. He makes the whole process sound so easy!!

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    • #3
      I twice took the exam for the Scenic Painters Union in NYC. It was a pretty cool experience. 200+ exam takers in a huge warehouse all tasked with scaling up the same image and painting it on the floor. It involved copying an old master painting and then creating a trompe l'oeil frame around it --which was spec'ed by a profile diagram, a color sample of the gold, and a drawing of a decorative corner--then a trompe l'oeil "drapery" in front.
      Each element we had to put together was given in different scales, so each had to be scaled up independently to get the prescribed final size.

      iirc we were given 5 hours to finish--panic would set in if at some point you made a mistake--either find a way to get the wet paint off the canvas or find a way to dry it quickly or work on another section.

      There was also a take home exam.

      The thing of the exam that was tricky was that there were no grades. If there were spots open in the union, they would take who they thought best. Maybe there were 5 spots, maybe 2.. Then when you got in, you could start looking for gigs with some of the shops.

      I learned of this test from a guy who worked as a scenic painter. The thing of it was, you didn't need much "creative artistic" talent for the work (He got in before they started having the exam by doing other work), he had very little artistic background--most of the work is either "paint by number" or housepainting. One of his jobs was to make a brand new apartment look old for a movie--so the crew got in and painted the walls with a mix of paint and shellac--and maybe some old paint with globs in it. They slapped it on the walls so it looked like an old shithole with 10 coats on the walls, etc.

      Keep Saturn in Saturnalia.

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      • #4
        That is awesome! And Seamas, that's a great story too. Good find PD
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        • #5
          I wouldn't exactly say it is paint by numbers. There are blending, shading and color choices to be made between and over the lines of the pounce pattern.
          Maybe not so much in the wall art shown here, but some of the hand painted scenic stuff we do goes way beyond keeping the colors between the lines. With this kind of stuff too, like Graphic Design, your artist self has to be able to give in to the vision of outside direction. Most of these things have a Tech Director or Scenic Director who has ultimate say in color and style decisions.


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          • #6
            Originally posted by PrintDriver View Post
            I wouldn't exactly say it is paint by numbers. There are blending, shading and color choices to be made between and over the lines of the pounce pattern.
            Maybe not so much in the wall art shown here, but some of the hand painted scenic stuff we do goes way beyond keeping the colors between the lines. With this kind of stuff too, like Graphic Design, your artist self has to be able to give in to the vision of outside direction. Most of these things have a Tech Director or Scenic Director who has ultimate say in color and style decisions.

            Yes, I was being over simplistic.
            Basically paraphrasing how it was described to me by someone who does this type of work.
            Keep Saturn in Saturnalia.

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