I spent the week working on a painting I should have completed back in 2008, when I was living in Bushwick. It was far from a trendy area back then, with very little street art or murals. I lived close to the El Pollo Mas Bueno shop right on the edge of Brooklyn and Queens. I decided to recreate the painting based on the original appearance mixed with some new signage. It always impressed me that one could buy live chickens in Brooklyn. The shop has this great bold look, and artists have continued to embellish its appearance over the years.
I started with a white charcoal pencil sketch on a black canvas to capture the basic shapes and typography.
I built up the layers and textures with silver, yellow and red. Started to block out the type.
After a few more days of adding paint with sticks, palette knives and other random objects, I decided to add more accent colors. Just hints of green, purple and orange on top of the primary palette I had started with. Some additional metallics such as gold and silver were applied. Learn more, download our ebook today!