How to paint an effective mural is a subject of some debate among artists, professional and otherwise, but for one to have a truly beautiful wall, the subject must be considered. Exactly what makes for an effective mural depends on many things, ranging from the size of your canvas to the type of tools you’re using and the subject matter you wish to portray. Knowing these things can allow you to better plan your mural, decide on how it will be crafted beforehand and make it more effective with advance planning. Luckily, the main difference between a massive wall mural and a typical painting is similar one of size and scope.
As with making an effective painting, the artist is well advised to have a model of some sort. However, given the size of the artist’s canvas, this will almost assuredly have to be a small picture rather than a full fledged model. It is for this reason that artists are advised to produce a great many sketches and possibly even preliminary paintings on smaller canvases so as to have an idea right off the bat what they want to paint, providing both a plan and a model for the large scale painting of the mural.
While initial paintings need not be long, elaborate proper paintings, they should give an artist an idea of what they’re going to be painting. Sketches and early paintings will give an artist an idea of what they’re to paint on the massive canvas that is the way, and may in fact prove to be essential. You’re only going to get one shot at each wall, and being sure of what you want to put on it is essential to painting it properly.
Once the sketches and early versions are ready, it’s time to get on painting the mural itself. The exact materials and techniques employed will of course vary depending on the artist’s preference, and an artist working in spray paint is almost assuredly going to work differently from an artist working in large scale acrylic. The process will likely take a while, even with advanced equipment such as airbrushing systems, and it is unlikely the paint will be malleable once it’s set in the swift drying air. However, any skilled artist can easily account for these hindrances and if they have a plan in mind, they will likely have no problem adapting to these conditions.
The exact subject matter of the mural should be appropriate to the person commissioning it. Indeed, it is not uncommon for mural painters to have to submit sketches to the person or persons commissioning the mural to show them exactly what their wall is going to look like when the work is done. Traditionally, murals are uplifting scenes intended to stun the viewer with their scale and grandeur, and while these rules are more than capable of being broken, most murals will in fact show quite positive subject material. Being wary of copyrights on particularly public murals can also be an important thing for painters to keep in mind as well.