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Chicago Muralist Tournament Design
24th Feb 2012Posted in: Blog 0
Chicago Muralist Tournament Design

When I’m not painting murals, I try to make sure that I’m doing something that is somehow related to art; it’s a good way to stay creative and learn new things that can often apply to future murals and other projects.

 

A couple of months ago I was approached to do a couple of designs for some Disc Golf tournaments.  I agreed to be paid in discs and gear (disc golf has not yet reached the lucrative heights of other sports), but my main motivation by far was that it sounded like fun.

 

The designs would be stamped on the discs and used for promotional materials.

The first tournament was titled First Flight and I was given free reign to do whatever I wanted.  I chose the theme of Icarus, who flew too close to the sun and fell from the sky – true story.

 

The disc logo had severe limitations in terms of what could be stamped – black and white, thick lines, simple design; I couldn’t do any fancy shading or other subtleties.  Just a strong design was needed;  challenge accepted.

I created the black and white drawing using only photoshop brushes, added some text, and hoped it would print well.

Icarus, muralist, illustration

Chicago Muralist Artwork for First Flight Tournament

 

I then moved on to colorizing it.  Using the black and white artwork, I built upon it for the colored version, which would be far more satisfying aesthetically.   I tried to keep it simple and open for the text that would be added later.

Icarus, muralist, illustration

Chicago Muralist Artwork for First Flight Tournament

… and that’s it.  I’ll be designing for a few of these tournaments and will be rich in disc golf gear by the end of the summer.  The first discs arrived in the mail just yesterday.

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Eulojio Ortega has painted hundreds of murals and commissioned artwork since 2003 and is available for travel anywhere. Connect with him on Google+

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