Common Grounds Gowrie Wall Design

Common Grounds Gowrie is a coffee shop located in Canberra, Australia.

The challenge was to find a way to incorporate a lot of the hobbies and sports of the land down under along with their most symbolic animals. You could say it was a match made in heaven, if you’ve been following my work, you know I love making animals with human traits that are steezy as hell. So that’s exactly what I did, I made a scene full of animals that look way too cool and captured the essence of what Australia means, or at least that’s what I hope for.

It all started with a pencil sketch that I later inked by hand. Once that was done I scanned the whole thing and cleaned up in Adobe Illustrator. It was important to make the illustration black and white in order to cut down on expenses. The vector file was printed on vinyl and installed on the wall that is roughly 8 meters wide by 3 meters high.

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Pulling into a ready (and hot) asphalt carpark at Gowrie Shops, I wasn’t expecting much from the near neighbour of Discount Pharmacy. However, my clichéd low expectations were clichéd-ly overcome by the Decor, in this case a Futurama-down-under style mural covering the whole left wall. Common Grounds appear to have commissioned a US graphic designer ‘to incorporate a lot of the hobbies and sports of the land down under’ and our ‘most symbolic animals’. (Andres Alfonso blogs that this suited him because he specialises in ‘making animals with human traits that are steezy as hell’ – steezy being a skate/snowboarder combo of ‘style’ and ‘ease’). Reason one to visit Common Grounds is now to clap eyes on the Mural, lovechild of cafe culture, globalisation, and ‘steez’.

Part of an article written by Her Canberra
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