Last week, one of our super-talented designers here at Blik, Ryan Bubion, took it upon himself to revamp a sad, tagged truck parked outside our office. We think Ryan describes his process best, so we’ll let him speak in his own words.
“Tired of looking at the same tagged truck every day, I decided something had to be done. Right away I knew I wanted to do some sort of portrait, go big and super colorful. While thinking about what to paint I noticed helicopters flying overhead and then the idea hit me. Why not do a giant colorful head looking up? It could be a metaphor for looking at things on the bright side, keeping your head up and thinking positive.”
“I really enjoy the process of painting big and outdoors. Being exposed to the natural elements and textures is a big contrast from designing on the computer. Climbing up and down the ladder, getting my hands dirty, and talking to passers-by are all things that added to the experience.”
Congrats to Ryan for the amazing job. Part of our inspiration at Blik is leaving our comfort zone, being creative and building things. This is a great extension of the design work we do everyday at Blik.
So, how did he do it?
1. First he sketched the face directly on the truck. According to Ryan, getting the proportions right at that scale was tricky, but once he had the form of the head the way he wanted it, he began filling it with different geometric shapes.
2. Once the fill’s and colors were segmented, he realized that he wasn’t happy with the line quality. Getting a super straight clean line is tough with spray paint, so he taped off each shape to achieve the clean polished look he was after. The taping and finishing is what took the longest.
3. Six hours later, and a few empty spray cans later, he was done.