Your Perspective Matters, conclusion.

Four weeks ago I started an anamorphic mural in a stairwell in Mukilteo. Yesterday I wrapped it up.

Over the last couple of posts I’ve shown the progression of the mural. Below are the final shots of the space.


These photos show the wall at the top of the stairwell before and after.




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Your Perspective Matters, Part 2

In last week’s post, the anamorphic stairwell mural had its background established and its foreground sketched in. Through the series of images in this post you’ll see the upper stairwell portion of the mural completed.

The image below shows the stage at which the mural was left it at the end of the last post.

In the next image you can see that the vehicles have gained quite a bit of detail. The background is getting more refined and the top rail of the subway station is put in place.

Once the station railing is based in I begin work on the diner on the right hand wall. In the following image you can see that the details are slowly being painted in from top to bottom.

As the right hand wall is established, so is the detail on the subway sign.

Below you can see the upper portion of the stairwell as it reaches completion.

The final piece of the puzzle for the upper stairwell is the entrance to the diner, which is viewed as one enters the space. This will be further refined in the coming week.

Next week I’ll begin work on the lower stairwell. This entails the addition of a lot of faux subway tile, graffiti and an illusionary subway tunnel at the bottom of the stairs.

Stay tuned!!

Your Perspective Matters, Part 1.

Last week I began a relatively large project and a complicated exercise in perspective.

Through discussions with the client, an idea was hatched to transform the space seen below into an anamorphic view of Times Square, complete with subway station.

The descending stairwell leads to a theater room in the basement. The trick however was to paint the scene so that it would  work visually from one point of view, at the top of the stairs.

A rough concept was developed which showed the general idea. Through further discussion this was refined and personal touches were added. The right hand wall would become the facade of a New york diner.

On the left, a lamppost would act as a visual break between the mural and the rest of the space.

Stage one of the creation of the mural is a two-person project. I stand at the viewpoint, at the top of the stairs and guide a colleague verbally around the walls, making marks which reflect the edges of buildings. The most important part of this phase is ensuring that the illusion of horizontal lines is achieved on the faces of buildings on the left hand wall. Though we want to create the illusion that we are looking face onto the scene,  the wall is running at 90 degrees to that plane. Therefore, a  line which looks horizontal in the image we are creating actually runs at a very different angle. Confused? Take a look at the initial sketch phase below for some clarification.

Here you can see some initial perspective work on the end wall, with the horizontals being drawn into the “faces” of the buildings on the left. Some work on foreground vehicles emphasizes the illusion below.

Over the next few days, the mural begins to take shape, little by little.

Over the next few blog posts I’ll continue to show the mural develop. Each stage emphasizes the illusion of depth and perspective.