Clare and Wayne, co-founders of Mutual Adoration and POST (where my print studio is located), bought an old flower truck and turned it into a mobile retail and workshop space called OUTPOST. They asked me to illustrate the truck, and so, I painted my first truck.
Not having painted a truck or worked quite this large or really done a lot of painting before, I was a little intimidated by the project at first. I was most intimidated by the hood/front end and painted that part last, and it ended up being my favorite part of truck. It was fun to go around the curves and work around the tires and things that interrupt the flat space.
Clare and Wayne had a vision of the truck’s imagery based on a design I had made for DUCF’s 10th anniversary vendor gifts, so I modified and upscaled that to paint on the truck. Studiomates Laser Rays helped out by laser cutting a template out of cardboard and heavy paper that I used to paint the hand shape. Since it would be repeated so many times I wanted to have a sturdy, reusable template. I made paper templates for the objects, roughed out the placement of things digitally, and drew everything out in chalk before painting.
I used One Stroke sign painters paint in white and metallic gold and a flat, square brush.
I tried to have Bernadette hang out with me while I painted, but she doesn’t really like being outside (I know, weird for a dog), so I left her at home on days I was truck-painting.
OUTPOST made its debut at this year’s Maker Faire, and has been popping up this summer at the Pink Flamingo in Detroit.