TUI Cruises commissioned this 30 ft mural for a new ship, “Mein Schiff” (translation: “my ship”), based in Hamburg, Germany. Working through Berlin-based licensor and print retailer Lumas, TUI requested a custom mural based on a 2012 painting with Los Angeles-related imagery.
Here is a short, 15 second video I made using various still, in-progress photos I took while creating this piece. I’ll usually take a few photos of each piece I’m working on so that I can plan what layers to apply next. A painting might have as many as 20 layers.
The video shows one of my go-to art tricks- using painter’s tape to mask out shapes and get crisp, straight lines. Sometimes I’ll tape over an area, apply layers on top of it, and pull away the tape many layers later to reveal an area I worked on weeks or sometimes even months earlier.
There are some more videos on my Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/johnnytaylor