I was almost ready to give up on figuring out a way to keep the Pico de Orizaba, a volcano in Mexico, in some new floral pattern designs without it looking too out of place… Took a break and went and sat in the Bell Jar café and spotted the volcanoes in the mural across the street.
Took some pictures:
BOOM! I like the pyramid-like steps up to the mouth of the volcano! I have always admired this mural, it’s titled “The Winds are Changing” and is by artist Andrew Schoultz.
What a difference a coffee-break can make!
After photographing the mural I went right back to my Pico de Orizaba patterns and decided to drop all the flowers and focus on the volcano itself. What eventually came out was a total surprise for me – I am very happy with these drawings.
Here’s a sneak preview. See the entire collection at SURTEX:
SURTEX runs Sunday the 19th through Tuesday, 9am to 6pm at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. My agency, i2i art, is in booth 340!
You can see more of Andrew’s work here.
The concrete surface appears to show through the mural mimicking the appearance of waterslide decals. The limited colour and graphic line work make these very easy to look at as you ride by on your bike. They further adapt to their environment over time.
I’ve walked past this many times over the last few years. I feel inspired every time, and finally on a rainy day I took the time to photograph some of the details. It’s one of my favourite pieces of public art in Toronto.
This mural inspired me to create some patterns based on the forest floor fauna found in the woods of Northwestern Ontario where I grew up. Here are some previews of my new Boreal collection:
I’ll be showing the entire collection at SURTEX, in booth 340!
I never got to know him well enough before he moved to Montréal, but considered him a friend nonetheless. I created illustrations that accompanied some of his writing early in my illustration career. He was very kind to me and never failed to make me laugh. Last time I saw him was on stage in The Haunted Hillbilly. We never did get together for that cocktail. RIP, my friend.