The Monster Mural Blog

Hide The Logo!

We were asked to take a new company logo and essentially "hide" it within other densely packed coloring patterns.  We were asked to designated colors for all the coloring areas, with browns and greys behind the new logo, and a few patches of bright color in a few of the areas around the edges.

"Now and Then" on the Erie Canalway

Fort Stanwix National Park in NY asked us to create a "then and now" mural about the Erie Canalway, which was created 240 years ago.  We made a mural in two panels---an old and new---with the canal running through both to give continuity.  The "old" panel shows the original lock structure, as well as the original canal boats that were originally used to haul freight, and the horses and mules that were used to pull them.  The "new" panels shows how the old mule path is used for biking, walking and recreation, and the canal is used for all sorts of water recreation.  We also showed one of the many bridges that cross the canal, as well as a popular gazebo, and also Fort Stanwix.

Calgary Zoo's campaign to Choose Canada's Greatest Animal

To celebrate Canada's 150th, the Calgary Zoo ran a campaign to choose Canada's favorite animal---the idea being that the Beaver was chosen as Canada's official animal almost immediately after Canada was formed, and perhaps these other animals didn't get a fair chance.  For a big wipeable mural for their 150th celebration events, we created a nature scene featuring their six challengers---the gray wolf, bison, whooping crane, mountain goat, great gray owl, and grizzly bear---along with the incumbent, the beaver.  The zoo then asked us to create seven individual 11x17 take-home coloring sheets, each featuring one of the seven animals (see gallery below).

New Illustration for Mackinac Island

Our design for Mackinac Island Tourism was our favorite New Illustration of the year.  They asked us to draw all the landmarks in this photo gallery, as well as the Mackinac lifestyle of sailboats, bikes and horse drawn carriages.

30' Tall Mural from a Cherry Picker

The Des Moines Arts Festival asked us to help create a program specifically tailored to one of their sponsors, a local utility.  The utility had new "cherry picker" trucks, and wanted to show them off.  Their idea was to have a mural that could be mounted to the basket, and raised over the day as it was colored.  We took several graphics that they Festival already had, and  composed them into a 4 ft wide by 30 ft tall design, and worked with the Festival and the Utility to make sure we made the top end fit their vision for how they planned to mount it.  The let the mural drap over a tabletop for coloring, raising it as it slowly through the day.

Selena Tribute Mural

La Palmera Mall had a Selena tribute event, and asked us to help with a Signature/Message mural for people to express their sentiments.

We're Partnering With Blue Star Coloring Books!

We're teaming up with Blue Star Coloring Books to offer some of their "Adult Coloring Book" style designs for our murals.  This is our first design, where we used one of their backgrounds, and drew our own kids riding animals.  Click into the gallery below for some of their designs we can use for your mural.  


We're still working out how this is going to work, so we'd like to hear from you about what you'd like.  In the design above, we recreated their background (from the horse design below), so we could stretch it out over our wider design.  But many of their designs are "upright" or "portrait" in their proportion (where our murals are more "sideways" or "landscape"), so your mural could have several of their pages, side-by-side.  Let us know what you think! 

Bronx Zoo & Wildlife Conservation Society Elephants

The Bronx Zoo and the Wildlife Conservation Society have us create a mural that's both paintable and a "Signature-Message" mural.  They gave us the central drawing of the elephants, and asked us to put just a minimal scene behind them.  Then they asked us to put a series of elephant footprints for people to write notes of support.

L.L. Bean Catalog Covers

L.L. Bean asked us to do line-art versions of some of their iconic catalog covers.  We did four covers on one 20x6 mural.

UPromise 529 college savings plans

UPromise (now Ascensus) administers 529 plans in 17 states, and in several of them, they use a mural, with images of kids, to promote the idea of college savings.

Peppy the Penguin from Trinidad

Flavorite ice cream from Trinidad asked for two murals with their mascot Peppy the Penguin enjoying the beach with his fellow Trinidadians.  We created one design with realistic human characters and a realistic beach scene.  We created a second design with cartoonish kids and cartoonish antarctic animals, all drawn in the same style as Peppy.