Students (left to right) Isaiah Neal, Yasmin Montgomery, and Jamal Gibson with professional muralist Eric Shickel (in hat).
Finally got a chance to catch up with our artist Eric Shickel and his team for the other day. They have finally came to a close on the mural, finishing a clear coat for endurance of the art this past week. This is Eric’s 15th or 20th mural, seems he has lost track since he has been doing this for so long and not all are public. He found his passion for art when he was just a child and chased his dream to pursue an artistic career. He holds a masters in art from the University of Cincinnati and his work can be seen all over town including Columbus, North Kentucky and Cincinnati.
The students were a riot and seemed to enjoy the work and listening to Eric’s quirky stories of painting murals and all the eccentric people he has met over the years. The students themselves even developed their own stories from this experience to carry on with them through the years to one day hopefully share with their students. For anybody asking, unfortunately at this time, the students are not for hire for any in-home projects. The three students present were Isaiah Neal, 16, junior at Ginn Academy, Jamal Gibson, 16, junior at Cleveland’s School of the Arts and Yasmin Montgomery, 15, sophomore at Cleveland’s School of the Arts. When asked to recall any momentous moments all three said there was just a lot of paint spilled during the process. The artist, Eric raved about working with all of his students and stated “They’re really sweet kids.”
Eric working on the mural
Eric discussed the opt technique used to create this imagery with high vivacity. The picture below illustrates two contrasting colors that have the same value and when you squint your eyes it appears to vibrate. He chose these colors for that purpose, that and the vibrant colors are used for happiness. This technique is something you will have to visually see in person. So although it in itself is a beautiful piece, there is more depth to the image than just a picture painted, stop by and see for yourself!
An unveiling of the mural’s dedication plaque will be held Thursday August 22, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. where the artist, the students, their families, program officers of the City of Cleveland Mural My Neighborhood, Dean Supply owners, Ward 5 Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland as well as anyone who would like to join will be invited to partake in refreshments and enjoy the art.
Optical illusion using bright colors with same values.
This student, Isaiah, found a way to interact with the art, it appears the chef in the mural is handing the ginormous cherry to him.
Other artists not pictured: Ronnie Cosby Jr., Kristina Coster, Krystal Coster and Tonya Messam.