Custom Illustration and Illustrated Maps

Custom Illustration and Illustrated Maps
The Painting of a Mural
Graphics Illustration

The Painting of a Mural

Painting a Mural

Step by step process of the creation of a mural

By John Potter

Finished sketch

Ensuring proper measurements for the space

Final product

See a gallery of the creation of this mural Step By Step
When I bought my home there was a huge blank wall right at the end of my swimming pool on my patio. It made you feel kind of like you were swimming into a wall, or you were in some kind of compound. This was the perfect place for a mural.



Old West Miniature Museum

Old West Miniature Museum formerly at the Red Barn Flea Market in Bradenton, FL

By John Potter

When I was a student at Ringling School of Art and Design, I think it was 1986, I was looking over the freelance job board one day and saw something about designing and building a museum. I asked about it and was told they intended to remove it since we weren’t construction workers.

Fortunately I had some construction background and one of my best friends and classmates, Bob Penney, had a professional construction background. Off Bob and I went to check it out. It turned out that a gentleman affiliated with the Red Barn Flea Market in Bradenton, Florida had, what he claimed, was the world’s largest old west miniature collection and wanted to build a museum at the flea market to display it.

We started out with a warehouse that was framed for offices and a big pile of old west miniatures, but we sat down, drew up plans, demolished the office framing, framed out the museum floor plan and set to work.

The project took us about a year and we employed many of our classmates painting backdrops, repairing miniatures, building dioramas and doing lots of other crazy tasks.

The museum didn’t last, but Bob and I will always have fond memories of it and marvel that a bunch of students in their twentys actually put that thing together.

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