I’ve been working on a commissioned mural. It’s on poly-tab so I get to work on it at home and it will be permanently glued to a wall when it’s time to be installed. Working on commissions is always interesting, challenging, and usually a practice in clear communication. That’s not always my strong suit.
The designer of the mural had created a line drawing of a figure and asked me to add color and design the accent murals that will go with the figure on different walls. Above is the final approved design for the figure piece.
She encouraged me to add my own style and so I changed the face up quite a bit. The following is a photo of it in progress- I hadn’t yet finished the mouth, finished shading or added eyebrows. (20/52)
I didn’t realize that I hadn’t really understood what she meant by adding my own style to the sketch. Through a number of email exchanges, we cleared up that what she meant was that she wanted me to stick to the exact lines of the sketch and add my own style in the shading, light, and paint application.
So I reworked her face, keeping her pretty true to the original sketch.
I wish the photographs better represented the true colors in the mural- as most paintings, it looks better in person (21/52)
I think it’s a good compromise and I’m glad we were able to work through my misunderstanding of how much of my own style was needed. I’ve been working steadily on the accent murals and still have quite a bit to go…