Monday, November 27, 2017
Last summer, I was contacted by the city of National Harbor, MD to create custom public art for a wall separating a downtown street from a children’s playground. The idea was to use my reportage background to spend some time at National Harbor (I ended up on location for about two weeks) – and create a panoramic illustration series to show off all aspects of the city. The challenge presented was to create a continuous piece of art that would cover 360 degrees of the city of National Harbor – from a view of Washington DC, the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, and the Potomac River – to the brand new MGM Casino, and Gaylord Convention Center and Hotel. The process was an amazing and challenging experience – I feel that everything I have ever learned, artistically, was put to the test in designing this fence. In the end, the project took almost seven months to complete – the end result being nine pieces of custom artwork that span over 75 feet of fiber glass fence paneling (both sides of the fence) along American Way in National Harbor. The fence is currently up and residing on American Way permanently! Huge thanks to Jeff and Milt over at National Harbor – who helped make this napkin sketch idea come to life. This project was an amazing opportunity and I’m so proud of the work we put out.
Feel free to click on some of the images below for a larger view. Some of these pieces are so large and detailed (the original drawings were done at 40% scale, so approximately 4′ wide) that fitting them to the blog does not do them justice. I would love to do more work like this!
Final illustrations: (click to see detail)
Approved thumbnail sketch and overall design (after many revisions and variations), approved final pencil sketch, and approved final layout:
The final product: