Below, some quick answers for some frequently asked questions:
Firstly, thank you very much for your interest!
To be able to evaluate availability, pricing, and timing for any potential project, the minimum info I need, via email, are these 3 things:
- Photos of the wall. (Also helpful are photos of the visual context around the wall.)*
- The street address of the location (so it can be found on Google Street View).
- Who the mural is for: Your name, name of organization / company / event...
*If the wall is not visible from the street, or if it does not exist yet (if it's under construction or being planned), you can send elevations and/or renderings with measures. I also appreciate a few words on the mural's intended viewers, or anything else you'd like to add about its context. If you have a choice of walls - send them along.
If the above doesn't apply to you or if you have further questions, please do contact [email protected]. I look forward to hearing from you.
In order to receive an estimate, please email the info listed in the FAQ above! (There is no pre-set formula, like a price per square meter).
Qualities about the potential mural wall that may influence the cost quote and/or my availability:
The level of public visibility
The scenic and photogenic setting of the wall
The surface texture of the wall
Main factor that influences cost:
- The mural design’s detail density* relative to the area (the level of intricacy).
There is a charge for the design process (research, design, mockups), and another for the mural execution.
Thank you for your interest!
I am currently building a team of enthusiastic, reliable and skilled helpers I could call when needed in the San Francisco Bay Area or in California. For projects abroad and outside California, I usually get assigned assistants by the local producers, but this may change.
Places currently of most frequent need: USA, Brazil (mostly São Paulo), Switzerland. If you are local to those places, there may be openings.
My favorite material is potassium silicate paints, a petroleum-free ecological option, using only naturally occurring mineral pigments. There are a number of brands for this, including Keim. These paints are very dense and have more opacity and coverage than most commercial paint.
If/when working with acrylics, I recommend mixing your colors starting from single-pigment paints that are both lightfast and resistant to acidity. To know which colors those are, check out Novacolor's mural painting tips and notice the symbols next to each color, it's a helpful guide.
Spray cans I do use, but are my last choice, for environmental and style reasons.
Joel Pomerantz, the coordinator of the Duboce Bikeway Mural, has compiled his research on this topic in his article: Making Your Mural Last: Graffiti, Varnish & Wall Chemistry. The article is old, but techniques and materials have not changed significantly since he wrote this.