Sean's Paper-Free Drawing Blog.

“Grand Pale Maw” Finished

Posted in Uncategorized by seansullivanstudio on November 2, 2011
Grand Pale Maw

Mural with 4ft ladder

Ok, so maybe “finished” is too strong of a word so let’s put it this way; I am no longer going to continue work on it.   The good folks at LACE were very patient with me  as I have exceeded the generous 3 month timeline  by 4 months. (Whoops)  Alas, I feel I may have overstayed my residency and maybe it’s time to throw in the towel.  I am Happy with how it turned out.  Looking forward to a similar project in the future.  Anyone have a big wall???

I had grandiose plans for documenting its different phases of completion, unfortunately the didn’t pan out.  Check out some pictures Joey Morris Took of me working while it was 99% done.

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  1. art page said, on March 2, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    wow! stunning image, the details are awesome!

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  3. Paul Summerfield said, on March 23, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Mind Blown! An mural of sheer endurance! seriously amazing work. I

  4. alexandradavidoff said, on March 24, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Amazing work!

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  6. […] 7 long months of obsessively scribbling away on a large wall, artist Sean Sullivan “threw in the towel,” in part because he had exceeded his allotted time period by 4 […]

  7. Abizar Lakdawalla said, on March 25, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    This is phenomenal. How did you get the elements in place before working on the details. Was there a starting photo or graphic? Would love to understand the initial process.

    • seansullivanstudio said, on March 25, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Hi Abizar.
      I worked from a hundred or so photos; some found I and some I took myself. There were a lot of 19th century etching and engravings in my reference book too. I was quite interested in the works of Rodolf Bresdin at the time and probably influenced by his engravings a great deal.
      I didn’t hold myself to any compositional sketches before starting. I’d explained orally to the curators where I thought it would go, and what it was going to be called. Initially wanted to cover the entire wall with marker ink except for a few openings in the center. I had photo in my computer of a massive oak tree that had rotted and broken in half during some winds in a field up in kern county. I was really excited by it and so thats what I started with. That’s what set the overall tone and from there I pretty much worked from left to right finding opportunities for irreverent narrative tangents, creating technical obstacles, and generally trying to keep my mind off autopilot that repetition can invoke sometimes. I tried my best to keep the initial “spirit” of the thing in the back of my mind. I struggled with the lack of initial planning. If I had done a bit more it would have gone a great deal faster and I would have run into less impasses. Next time maybe :)

      thanks for the interest!
      -S

  8. Sofia Solis Alvarez (@SOFAYA21) said, on March 25, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    This is awesome, it blew my mind. I have so many questions, i don’t even know if they can be answered. How do you do the transitions from one object to the next? I imagine that it was hard that it didn’t look too gray. When do you put the black? How do you dicide to leave the white? Do you use a projector? Love the different graphic textures.

  9. […] obsessivamente a rabiscar uma grande parede apenas com uma sharpie (caneta permanente), o artista Sean Sullivan desistiu do seu trabalho, em parte porque ultrapassou em 4 meses o período de tempo estipulado […]

  10. […] 7 long months of obsessively scribbling away on a large wall, artist Sean Sullivan “threw in the towel,” in part because he had exceeded his allotted time period by 4 months! The […]

  11. […] 7 long months of obsessively scribbling away on a large wall, artist Sean Sullivan “threw in the towel,” in part because he had exceeded his allotted time period by 4 […]

  12. At The Table said, on March 27, 2014 at 3:33 pm

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  13. […] muur van een tekening gaat voorzien. Zeker als die tekening ook nog eens enorm gedetailleerd is. Sean Sullivan is de kunstenaar waar we hier over hebben. Hij was van plan om 3 maanden uit te trekken voor dit […]

  14. shamus said, on March 27, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    The first thing that comes to mind ; if you enjoy the work that you do your more than half way there ! personally i find the subject matter boring but if it does it for Sean then good luck to him if anything it looks like an exceedingly peaceful activity.

  15. Noodle said, on March 27, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Fantastic…time well spent capturing a delightful subject matter. You are a talent.

  16. […] de 7 meses de pintar obsesivamente sobre una gran pared utilizando sólo un Sharpie negro, Sean Sullivan decidió dejar de dibujar, ya que se había pasado de los 3 meses pensados originalmente. Con el […]

  17. […] 7 long months of obsessively scribbling away on a large wall, artist Sean Sullivan “threw in the towel,” in part because he had exceeded his allotted time period by 4 months! […]

  18. andrew said, on April 2, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I have a wall in my studio that needs some love!

  19. […] Sharpie Mural by Sean Sullivan (1:53)http://www.welcometolace.org/events/view/grand-pale-maw-opening-reception/http://seansullivanstudio.wordpress.com/2011/11/02/grand-pale-maw-finished/ […]

  20. […] 7 long months of obsessively scribbling away on a large wall, artist Sean Sullivan “threw in the towel,” in part because he had exceeded his allotted time period by 4 months! The […]

  21. flo fozard said, on April 9, 2014 at 11:55 am

    This project looks like my kind of heaven, as a fellow artist and Drawer, endurance from you, your neck and wrist much much praise xxxx Think you’re fabulous

    • seansullivanstudio said, on April 9, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Thank you! It was quite fun indeed. Wrist and neck have since recovered so can’t wait to do another :)
      cheers,
      sean

  22. […] Sharpie Mural by Sean Sullivan (1:53)http://www.welcometolace.org/events/view/grand-pale-maw-opening-reception/http://seansullivanstudio.wordpress.com/2011/11/02/grand-pale-maw-finished/ […]

  23. msfires said, on April 22, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Reblogged this on Ms Fires.

  24. Christina Houen said, on April 23, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Awesome! Reminds me of some of the famous engravings, from Durer on. Hard to believe you did it all with a sharpie pen. This deserves fame and fortune!

  25. […] Sharpie Mural by Sean Sullivan (1:53)http://www.welcometolace.org/events/view/grand-pale-maw-opening-reception/http://seansullivanstudio.wordpress.com/2011/11/02/grand-pale-maw-finished/ […]


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