Working on a commission can be such a pleasure. There's alway a new challenge.
The challenge on this commission was to recreate 3 previously made collage works in a larger size. The jump in scale wasn't too dramatic. I went from the original size of 22"x30" to the commissioned size of 30"x40".
There are several tricks that artists use to accomplish this. My favorite is a simple grid technique. Here are my steps:
I practice getting the shape right by tracing around it several inches larger onto a piece of paper. This gives me my new pattern, which is traced onto the appropriate piece of Dura-Lar.
I ended up really increasing the size of the pattern on the left to get the impact needed on the larger piece.
This image illustrates my ongoing supply of painted Dura-Lar that I use to create my work.
An example of a one of a kind painted piece of Dura-Lar that will either be used in a collage or kept as is.
Usually my smaller works contain "one of a kind" painted Dura-Lar. Blowing up a piece, means having to recreate that "one of a kind" look. At that time, I will make multiples so I have left over pieces for the future and choices in case one painted sheet works better than another.
Works in process, You can see a completed piece on the wall and the two remaining works on the table.
After I've completed all the painting and the cutting, I do an initial mock up. I like to lay the paper flat on tables because it is so much easier to adjust and move things around. This is when eyeballing comes into play. I find that there are always small adjustments that a person needs to make. When I'm pleased with the way things look, I tape everything together and pin it to the wall to double check my composition. If it looks good, then I glue the plastic to the paper.
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. Below are the inspirations pieces next to the completed pieces. I think they turned out really well. Of course, they aren't exact replicas of the originals. I did some tweaking on color to match the interior of the building. I also adjusted some of the shapes to make these collage unique works of art.
Titles: Each title came from the Architectural firms "mission statement". They are very involved in revitalizing some of Boston's older neighborhoods. I wanted the titles to reflect their mission.
Next month's post will be all about how to commission a painting for your home or business.
Revitalizing Neighborhoods, 30"x40", acrylic, Dura-Lar on paper, 2016 copyright Mary Zeran
Strengthening Cities, 30"x40", acrylic, Dura-Lar on paper, 2016 copyright Mary Zeran
Fostering Opportunities, 30"x40", acrylic, Dura-Lar on paper, 2016 copyright Mary Zeran
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