How to Plan a Wall Mural Painting : Actual Use of Brush Strokes in Wall Mural Painting

How to Plan a Wall Mural Painting : Actual Use of Brush Strokes in Wall Mural Painting


IAN LOVEALL: Hi! I’m Ian Loveall with Expert
Village and we’ve been talking about mural painting. I just showed you a couple of the
basic strokes you can achieve with some materials and now I’m going to take you over to the
wall and sort of identify some of those strokes as they apply to an actual mural. Once I’ve
got my sky blocked in, I start with the next farthest thing which will be the mountain
range way in the background. Now for this, sometimes if I’m feeling ambitious, I’ll actually
mask off with tape the shape of the mountain range and then paint in. If I’m feeling lazy,
which is usually the case, I’ll just go straight in with my sponge using the corner and block
in the mountain range from there. You’ll notice that the color is actually darker at the top
than it is at the bottom. This is called atmospheric perspective. That means as you get closer
to the ground, you’ve got more dust particles, more atmosphere between you and the object
and that creates this haze that you see. So, that is a key in creating depth in the picture
plane. After I’ve got the basic shape blocked in, I usually grab my fan brush again, dab
it in something a little lighter, in this case it was a golden sort of ochre color.
And just pick out a few spots that are going to be highlighted that will really sort of
give the mountain dimension.
Again, you always want to work as fast as you can because this does dry awfully quickly.
The smaller details like the vineyard and the trees, each can be done with your sea
sponge, dabbing the fan brush or your cellulose sponge. I favor the fan brush, but that’s
just me.

4 thoughts on “How to Plan a Wall Mural Painting : Actual Use of Brush Strokes in Wall Mural Painting

  1. Nice work very realistic.
    I wish you had these in parts as an example. pt 1, pt.2.,pt 3
    It would be easier to follow the progress of executing a mural..
    I'm a muralist too and loved doing them during my lifetime.

  2. hey, dude, if they're doing murals, they better already know what "atmospheric perspective is. lol It's beautiful work Ian! Thanks

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