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A very large wall commission for an ad firm in Toronto. This large wall was covered in a map of Toronto - using an amalgamation of historic and c… Read More
A very large wall commission for an ad firm in Toronto. This large wall was covered in a map of Toronto - using an amalgamation of historic and contemporary maps. The decorative text is encased in large flourishes; As is the case with 'throwing' or 'pulling' the strokes of a flourish with pen and ink, the movement must be done in one swift act. On a large wall like this, certain strokes are pulled on thrown using both the right and left arms - depending on the angle required. The great thing about working with chalk is that if the stroke is uneven, or not fluid, it can be erased and reworked. Read Less
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This was a commission by a local ad firm for something to cover the entire back wall of their office.  The wall was divided by two doors and a central beam, so a large map of Toronto seemed like a great way to unify the whole wall.  I pored over dozens of historical maps of Toronto from the late 1700's to modern day.  Elements from various maps were chosen to create a piece that was balanced - I wanted the main text, of the company's logo and the city, to be the focus.  "Throwing" or "pulling" the long strokes for the flourishes requires whole arm movements that must be quick and fluid.  I end up using both my left hand and right to create the flourishes; unlike ink on paper, if the flourish is uneven, or not fluid, the chalk can be erased and the stroke reattempted.