Recently I did a mural for Bozzuto at the Aperture Luxury Apartments. They put on an event for the Brem Foundation which focuses on early breast cancer detection and education, hence the mural being pink!
Usually for clients I will do a few rounds of concepts depending on the design, inspiration, client, timeline, etc. These sketches take a lot longer to do than they might look. For every one that I’m somewhat happy with, there’s probably 3-4 that didn’t make the cut.
There were a few different places to start with inspiration but the client was open to other ideas as well.
I started with the concept of a camera, camera parts, anything that has to do with a camera — because the name of the building is Aperture. Several of the first sketches were a little too camera-focused so I wanted to really abstract them so you wouldn’t necessarily know it was camera-inspired.
This might just look like shapes, but it’s actually inspired by the sight/focus on a camera and the hexagon shape that the aperture symbol makes. Not to ruin the surprise but this is the design that was chosen for this mural, but we ended up doing it in 3 shades of pink versus using black and green.
The mural was going in an actual apartment that was available for rent so they wanted a design that felt more like wallpaper and colors that someone could potentially keep if they liked the mural. And with it being a breast cancer event, we figured there’s never a better time to go all pink!
This is the beginning of me tracing out the hexagons to get the form of the pattern on the wall. I freehanded the other symbols.
Up until now all of my murals have been 100% freehand. No stencils, no projectors. But I have a few projects coming up where a projector is necessary so this was my first time using one.
This mural took 11 hours of painting/tracing time because I painted the wall a solid light pink first, then painted the pattern on it (didn’t stop for lunch, just painted straight through). The darker pink looks red in the photos, but in person and in the paint can it’s a bright pink.
This is the final mural. I wanted it to look and feel hand-painted. Otherwise they could have just hung wallpaper. In a lot of cases I like my work to feel like it was painted or created by hand. Not always, but often.
I thought it would be fun to share some of the other options of sketches I did for this project:
Above and below were just a purely abstract drawings as options.
This image above, and several below, and the first one in the post are all a loose/artistic design/interpretation of the words Bozzuto and Aperture.
I am attracted to letters and abstracting them so you may not see letters and that’s totally fine. Part letters, part design.
This design (above) again is the words Bozzuto and Aperture abstracted into shapes.
This last design was just a freehand shape design. I like to throw in a few different options for my clients to see what they identify with and then we go from there.
Photos and illustrations by Meg Biram