So I've never done a mural of this size before. I don't draw with Sharpies a lot (practically never) but didn't think this project posed any difficulties and that drawing with a sharpie would be all that tough. Boy, I couldn't have been MORE wrong.
I started with working with the ladies @ sfHEIMAT here in San Francisco on drawing to present to the owners at Coin-op. Eva, my wife, is a co-owner of sfHEIMAT, really helped steer the direction of the process, as the original drawings were designed around the theme presented by the client. Coin-op is a Bar/Arcade. Don't think "dive bar", though. It's like a young, professional adults playground. The custom artwork and interior design elements need to mesh well, and complement one another in a fluent way. That was the goal. We settled on the frogger theme.
The preparation was nuts. I originally planned to start the project in July, and didn't start until November! I wasn't able to prepare for this like most other projects because Coin-op was rushing to open and had a house FULL of contractors at any given time. We all needed to work in harmony, and in some cases, use the same tools. I also didn't know the bar would be pre-installed, canceling out my plans to project the drawing on the wall and trace the original design. I then decided to project in small sections, and try to stitch them together. That worked until it didn't, and I just realized that all my planning is failing. It was at that moment, where I just basically said "fuck it", and just DO it! Figure it out!
From here, I just drew off the cuff with little reference, and no sketch. Just a whole bunch of rulers, string, and white paint to act as an eraser, and a thousand times up and down the scissor lyft until I completed it. I have no idea how many hours I spent on it, but I'm pleased with the result. Let me just say this mural was THE HARDEST thing I've ever done. Hand down. It was VERY rewarding, but hard. Very hard.