THE RUBBER FRAME
The Rubber Frame was a comics exhibition in October 2004. Actually, it was two gallery exhibitions, along with an accompanying book of essays dealing with comics and culture. One of the shows, American Underground and Alternative Comics, 1964-2004 (curated by Todd Hignite at the Des Lee Gallery in downtown St. Louis) included a wall-size mural done by me. Here are some of the gory details from the mural's creation and it's short life.

1. I had pretty much free reign to do whatever I wanted on the wall. After reading co-organizer D.B. Dowd's essay from the Rubber Frame book, I decided on a "comics production & distribution through the ages" sort of deal - basically an excuse to draw olden-style cartoon characters and antique machinery. Here are some thumbnails:

2. Here's what the final drawing looked like: India Ink on Bristol Board, 22"x 14". (click on image for bigger version)

3. I had no idea if I'd be able to replicate my drawing on a humongous wall. I figured I'd try the ol' grid-it-out method. Here is my gridded key drawing, which got pretty beat-up by the time the mural was finished. Todd told me was gonna paint other walls in the gallery red and yellow, so I wanted my piece to jive with that color scheme.

4. I neglected to take any pictures of the blank wall or the wall with just my pencil drawing on it. Oh well. Here is the wall itself, with the red and yellow layers roughed in. I used basic latex wall paint, the same paint that would be used for the rest of the gallery. You can see my gridded drawing taped up over on the right side, and the ladder I had to become friendly with on the left.

5. Here it is after I starting do the black and the painting starting to look like something. Up until this point I think people were nervous. While working on this mural I listened almost exclusively to the legendary Mike "Moonman" Shannon calling St. Louis Cardinals games on KMOX radio. The Redbirds lost hard in the World Series but it was a great season regardless!

6. Here it is pretty much done. Incredibly, it actually ended up looking kind of like my original drawing! (click on areas of the mural to see close-ups)

7. Thanks everyone! Oh, and most importantly here are some more radical pixx of the art show itself (taken by Kevin Huizenga).
There was a write-up in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the Rubber Frame which mentioned my mural.