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3D Sidewalk Art for Beaver Creek Ski Resort

I had the opportunity to create a really fun piece of 3D sidewalk art for Beaver Creek Ski Resort in September. Every year the resort hosts a huge Oktoberfest celebration. This year they wanted to add 3D chalk art to the entertainment. They hired me to create a fun photo opportunity for the party guests. Beaver Creek also wanted me to include the portrait of a local celebrity in the artwork. With all of this information in mind I started working on designs.   Designing the 3D Sidewalk Art Since Oktoberfest is a celebration of beer, I included beer in my design. But I also wanted to make my design family friendly. Finally, I needed to include the image of Helmut Fricker, a local legend. Helmut is an Austrian musician and entertainer who has lived and worked at the resort for many years.   I decided to feature Helmut holding up a mug of beer...

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3D Street Painting at the University of Missouri

I traveled to the University of Missouri to do some 3D street painting in September. I invited another artist to help me out since this was such a large project. Nate Baranowski is an amazing 3D artist from Chicago. We have worked together multiple times and I always love the results. We were the first artists to take part in a new program for the university, the Artists in Residence program. Nate and I created five large street paintings all around the Mizzou campus. The first painting featured the University's mascot, Truman the Tiger. Truman the Tiger 3D Street Painting We began the project with a really fun painting of the Mizzou mascot jumping out of a hole in the ground. This painting was huge! It measured about 12 feet wide by 36 feet long. Because it was so large and detailed, we worked on the tiger for two full days. The students...

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3D chalk artwork in Reno

3D Chalk Artwork at the Reno Chalk Art Festival

Reno Chalk Art Festival, July 2019 In July I traveled to Reno, Nevada to create 3D chalk artwork with a group of artists from Colorado. We created one giant 3D artwork as a team and then I made another 3D chalk art piece on my own. This was my third time participating in the Reno Chalk Art Festival. It is a great event with lots of amazing artists and live music. 2019 was the biggest year yet, with over 150 artists participating. All of the artists work under large tents, so it's a little bit easier to work in the July sun. The festival also does a great job of providing lots of cold drinks and air conditioned areas to cool off. I am looking forward to seeing this great event grow every year! Creating artwork with a team The first part of the festival was the team artwork. Along with 3 other...

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3D sidewalk chalk art

3D Sidewalk Chalk Art for Smokey Bear’s 75th Birthday

3D Sidewalk Chalk Art for Smokey! I traveled to Moscow, Idaho in June to create some special 3D sidewalk chalk art. I was commissioned by the city to create a design to celebrate the 75th birthday of Smokey Bear! Smokey is such an iconic character, I was excited to bring him to life with chalk. My design features Smokey sitting on the ground with his iconic finger point. I also added a squirrel sidekick playing with a lighter nearby. The squirrel was a lot of fun to design. I love drawing the light effects created by fire. There is a lot of opportunity to use strong colors in these areas. I experienced a few rain delays throughout the weekend. In case of rain, I always pack lots of plastic sheeting. When the rain begins I cover the artwork with the plastic and tape down all sides. Once the rain has passed and...

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3D Street Art at the Denver Chalk Art Festival

This past weekend I created some 3D street art for the 16th annual Denver Chalk Art Festival. This was my sixth year as part of the event. The Denver festival is my home event, so I feel a special connection with the other artists and the spectators. It is one of the biggest chalk festivals in the country with over one hundred thousand people checking out the artwork over two days. For the last two years I have been a "featured artist" for this event. Throughout this article I will walk you through my process for creating a 3D street painting. 3D Street Art Concept and Design Phase The concept and design phase of any art project can be one of the most difficult. This is the stage when the artist must confront the blank page (or street, in my case). Sometimes I don't have any ideas. Other times I have too...

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3D Mural for Wildflower Exhibit at HCC

I painted a new 3D mural at the History Colorado Center this week. This is the tenth mural I have painted for the museum. This 3D mural is a promotion for the new "Wildflower" exhibit that will come to the museum this Spring. The artwork features wildflowers that grow in Colorado and a team of hungry bees. People can pose on the artwork for photo opportunities. You can sit on the big bee in the foreground and it looks like you are flying! I create this illusion by painting on a curved wall. The mural covers the wall and the floor, allowing me to create an immersive photo opportunity. Designing This 3D Mural The design phase of this mural was a fun challenge. I wanted to include a big bee in the foreground that people could stand on for photo opportunities. Beyond this element I wasn't sure what else to include in...

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3D Painting for the History Colorado Center

Last week I created a new 3D painting for the History Colorado Center in Denver. I have created 9 murals for the museum since last year. I painted the artwork on a special curved wall. This wall allows people to pose for photos on the artwork. In the photos people look like they are in the middle of the action! This painting took about 5 days to complete. Designing This 3D Painting This artwork is a promotion for the museum's new life size board game "Trailblazers". People can roll huge dice and move around the atrium on the giant game board. The game incorporates many different elements from Colorado history. For the painting I decided to focus on the Colorado mountains and wildlife. You can see the purple mountains in the background. You can also see an American Bison in the mid ground. Finally, there is a brown bear in the foreground...

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3D chalk art Jabba the Hutt

3D Chalk Art at the Sarasota Chalk Festival

This weekend I was invited to create some 3D chalk art at the Sarasota Chalk Festival. The festival organizers fly out over 50 of the best chalk artists in the world for the event. I was able to meet some of my artistic mentors for the first time. I also got to see some of my artist friends from around the world. The weather was great all weekend, sunny and 80 degrees. 3D Chalk Art Design For my design I decided to create a 3D "Jabba the Hutt" working an office job. I really like the idea of taking this iconic character and putting him in an everyday situation. In the artwork he is sitting at a desk, working on a computer. His sidekick is sitting on his tail reading a work memo. I actually came up with this idea during a brainstorm session for another project. I ended up selecting a...

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