Who says murals have to be painted? I’m an illustrator first and a muralist second (because great murals come from the foundation of drawing), so I really found these illustrated murals by Charlotte Mann really exceptional and very inspirational. I’d like to know her process because executing them with a black marker means no mess ups. I wonder if she had a layout before starting? I love their doodle-like-detail. They almost make the “real” look unreal. This would be my dream-day-job to do this all day long. It reminds me of when I did do this all day long when I was younger.
Here’s a great picture to show how this type of illustrated mural work complements interior design.
Koikoikoi the Visual Arts Magazine, by the way — where I found these murals — is a fabulous find for illustrated inspiration. It’s now up on my sidebar. They also like fish, it seems.
A few more opportunistic mentions, if you’re a muralist, you may want to consider having these calls for action on your radar:
1) The Neighborhood Grant Program in Baltimore announces new grants for murals:
The Neighborhood Grant Program will award $500 to $1,000 grants for special events, such as street festivals, flea markets, health fairs and block parties. Events eligible must be between May 1 and Nov. 30. Grants of between $2,500 to $10,000 will go toward the mural and garden projects.
2) MuralsDC is looking for new spaces on which to paint and they are asking businesses to submit their properties by April 15th as possibilities for their mural work. Here’s a previous post that I wrote about MuralsDC.
3) There is also a call for murals under the overpass in Mansfield, MA.