Volcom Artist Gemma O’Brien (aka @mrseaves101) is a master of hand lettering, typography and large scale murals. Gemma; since being an Artist for Volcom has created two incredible large scale murals – firstly on her home turf in Sydney where she painted up a huge ‘True To this’ piece and then secondly in California at Volcom HQ’s creative space The Art Loft.
Now has come the time for the Volcom Europe crew to get a splash of Gemma’s talents on their walls!
Having been on a tour of Europe for the last few weeks speaking at Design conferences and festivals; Gemma is finishing up her trip in Barcelona where she will paint up a big mural in the Volcom Store. We thought we’d follow her around and see how the ideas get started, how she goes about mapping it all out, watching the pre-wall process and of course getting the design up on the wall..
First things first, Gemma headed to the store to check out the wall space, measured it up and worked out the dimensions. She took a load of photos to then take back to her make shift hotel studio and load into photoshop to get a really good map of the space. Then a few pre-lim sketches working on style and ideas that suit the space.
A native sim card and google maps is panning out to be a girls best friend while trawling the streets of Barcelona for Art Supplies! Gemma found a great store that had everything needed so a quick trip there for Acrylic black paint, mixing medium, paint pens for finishing details, pencils to firstly hand draw the design to the wall and a fist full of varied size brushes has the mural kit sorted.
Now for a long night of drawing up a mini scale version of the design.
Check back in over the next few days for instalments of Gemma’s progress and process!