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MURALIST: It's Incredibly Rewarding

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Wythe shares his story about being a muralist. He describes what his day is like and the career path he took to become an artist and then a muralist. He says he went to college because he wanted to learn how to draw and paint well. Although Wythe is an artist, he is also a businessman and he shares what he didn't know about running business. He also provides excellent advice to novice muralists on how to take a small painting and make it big enough to cover a big wall.

Job Title: Muralist

Job Summary: Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

Job Description

Craft and fine artists use a variety of materials and techniques to create art for sale and exhibition. Craft artists create handmade objects, such as pottery, glassware, textiles, or other objects that are designed to be functional. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, create original works of art for their aesthetic value, rather than a functional one.

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Long-term on-the-job training

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Some craft and fine artists learn on the job from more experienced artists. Others attend non-credit classes or workshops or take private lessons, which may be offered in artists’ studios or at community colleges, art centers, galleries, museums, or other art-related institutions.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
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0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time, Flexible, Irregular, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Remote, Outdoor, Indoor, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Creativity, Artistic, Technical skills, People skills, Networking, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

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m='15720'>of</span> <span m='16000'>Russell</span> <span m='16059'>City</span> <span m='16390'>and</span> <span m='16550'>Hayward</span> <span m='17740'>history.</span> <span m='18210'>A</span> <span m='18680'>typical</span> <span m='19160'>day</span> <span m='19550'>is</span> <span m='20650'>my</span> <span m='20820'>hands</span> <span m='21120'>are</span> <span m='21170'>covered</span> <span m='21560'>in paint,</span> <span m='22520'>and</span> <span m='23570'>I'm usually</span> <span m='23710'>painting</span> <span m='24110'>with</span> <span m='24270'>large</span> <span m='24630'>brushes.</span> </p><p><span m='26230'>We</span> <span m='26350'>get</span> <span m='26490'>here</span> <span m='26780'>as</span> <span m='26920'>early</span> <span m='27150'>as</span> <span m='27260'>possible,</span> <span m='27840'>because</span> <span m='28230'>the</span> <span m='28310'>sun</span> <span m='28740'>is</span> <span m='28890'>actually</span> <span m='29480'>not--</span> <span m='30636'>it's on</span> <span m='31132'>the other</span> <span m='31628'>side of the</span> <span m='32124'>building,</span> <span m='32620'>so it's a</span> <span m='33116'>little</span> <span m='33612'>cooler.</span> <span m='34108'>And</span> <span m='34610'>it's</span> <span m='34820'>easier</span> <span m='35060'>to</span> <span m='35150'>see</span> <span m='35350'>the</span> <span m='35460'>wall.</span> <span m='35940'>As soon</span> <span m='36100'>as the sun</span> <span m='36425'>hits the</span> <span m='36750'>wall,</span> <span m='37160'>you</span> <span m='37260'>can't</span> <span m='37540'>really</span> <span m='39080'>see</span> <span m='40090'>what</span> <span m='40250'>you're</span> <span m='40380'>painting</span> <span m='40880'>from</span> <span m='41070'>noon</span> <span m='41835'>until</span> <span m='42130'>1:00.</span> <span m='42610'>So</span> <span m='43025'>I</span> <span m='43440'>try and get</span> <span m='43690'>here as</span> <span m='43910'>early</span> <span m='44100'>as possible.</span> <span m='45026'>I</span> <span m='45490'>went to</span> <span m='45710'>art school.</span> <span m='46180'>I went to</span> <span m='46430'>the</span> <span m='46620'>Academy of</span> <span m='46920'>Art,</span> <span m='47210'>San Francisco</span> <span m='49450'>for</span> <span m='49700'>illustration,</span> <span m='50800'>and</span> <span m='51266'>I wanted to</span> <span m='51732'>learn how</span> <span m='52200'>to draw</span> <span m='52500'>and</span> <span m='52800'>paint</span> <span m='53570'>well.</span> </p><p><span m='54780'>And</span> <span m='55320'>then</span> <span m='56360'>I</span> <span m='56960'>got</span> <span m='57170'>into</span> <span m='58800'>painting</span> <span m='59060'>houses,</span> <span m='59560'>actually.</span> <span m='60000'>Doing</span> <span m='60350'>faux</span> <span m='60570'>finishing</span> <span m='61640'>with</span> <span m='61880'>Josh,</span> <span m='62420'>my</span> <span m='62881'>business</span> <span m='63342'>partner.</span> <span m='65650'>From</span> <span m='65970'>there,</span> <span m='66290'>we</span> <span m='66860'>kept the</span> <span m='66970'>heart,</span> <span m='67260'>I</span> <span m='67550'>did</span> <span m='67690'>some</span> <span m='67930'>illustration</span> <span m='68440'>work,</span> <span m='68770'>and kept</span> <span m='69267'>doing that,</span> <span m='69764'>and then</span> <span m='70261'>we just</span> <span m='70760'>spiraled</span> <span m='71150'>into</span> <span m='71850'>painting</span> <span m='72110'>larger</span> <span m='72840'>and</span> <span m='73970'>larger</span> <span m='74510'>pieces,</span> <span m='75010'>and doing</span> <span m='75230'>scenic</span> <span m='75650'>work,</span> <span m='76020'>and</span> <span m='77330'>just</span> <span m='77720'>continued.</span> <span m='78250'>Just</span> <span m='78540'>keep</span> <span m='78680'>getting</span> <span m='79040'>work.</span> <span m='79420'>Well,</span> <span m='81898'>it's</span> <span m='82365'>my first</span> <span m='82832'>business,</span> <span m='85170'>personal</span> <span m='85690'>business,</span> <span m='85990'>so</span> <span m='86290'>there's a</span> <span m='86740'>lot of</span> <span m='87190'>tax</span> <span m='88312'>things,</span> <span m='88650'>and</span> <span m='88730'>business</span> <span m='90930'>details</span> <span m='91295'>that</span> <span m='91660'>I</span> <span m='91750'>had</span> <span m='91940'>no</span> <span m='92080'>idea</span> <span m='92400'>about.</span> </p><p><span m='92840'>So</span> <span m='93470'>there's</span> <span m='93730'>that,</span> <span m='94120'>but</span> <span m='94230'>also</span> <span m='94760'>just</span> <span m='94960'>the</span> <span m='95030'>fact</span> <span m='95490'>that</span> <span m='96940'>I</span> <span m='97270'>didn't</span> <span m='97420'>know</span> <span m='98870'>how</span> <span m='99650'>our</span> <span m='99980'>work</span> <span m='100350'>would</span> <span m='100480'>really</span> <span m='100750'>impact</span> <span m='101530'>the</span> <span m='101620'>community</span> <span m='102170'>the</span> <span m='102290'>way</span> <span m='102330'>it</span> <span m='102540'>has.</span> <span m='103120'>We've</span> <span m='103840'>gotten</span> <span m='104190'>so</span> <span m='104460'>much</span> <span m='104730'>feedback</span> <span m='105220'>about</span> <span m='106080'>what</span> <span m='106440'>we've</span> <span m='106670'>been</span> <span m='106890'>doing,</span> <span m='107170'>and</span> <span m='107480'>how we've</span> <span m='107600'>been changing</span> <span m='107960'>the</span> <span m='108040'>city,</span> <span m='108410'>and</span> <span m='109230'>I</span> <span m='109350'>had</span> <span m='109440'>no</span> <span m='109550'>idea.</span> <span m='111100'>It puts</span> <span m='111260'>a</span> <span m='111320'>smile</span> <span m='111740'>on</span> <span m='111820'>people's</span> <span m='112150'>faces.</span> <span m='113120'>Try</span> <span m='113740'>painting</span> <span m='114120'>a</span> <span m='114190'>mural,</span> <span m='114820'>and</span> <span m='115240'>get</span> <span m='115490'>some</span> <span m='115540'>big</span> <span m='115760'>brushes.</span> <span m='116570'>Because</span> <span m='116845'>if</span> <span m='117120'>you have</span> <span m='117400'>bigger</span> <span m='117750'>brushes,</span> <span m='118150'>you</span> <span m='118460'>can</span> <span m='119150'>paint</span> <span m='119950'>a</span> <span m='120000'>lot</span> <span m='120210'>larger</span> <span m='120640'>than</span> <span m='121120'>a</span> <span m='121600'>smaller</span> <span m='121960'>brush,</span> <span m='122320'>obviously.</span> </p><p><span m='123790'>And</span> <span m='124230'>I</span> <span m='124430'>think</span> <span m='124560'>it's</span> <span m='124730'>great.</span> <span m='125060'>I think</span> <span m='125380'>it's</span> <span m='126110'>incredibly</span> <span m='126720'>rewarding,</span> <span m='127850'>and</span> <span m='128479'>anybody</span> <span m='129090'>can</span> <span m='129300'>do</span> <span m='129509'>it.</span> <span m='129669'>You can</span> <span m='129800'>apply</span> <span m='130810'>any</span> <span m='131050'>drawing</span> <span m='131440'>you</span> <span m='131550'>want,</span> <span m='131980'>you</span> <span m='132240'>grid</span> <span m='132490'>it</span> <span m='132610'>out,</span> <span m='133720'>and</span> <span m='133990'>you</span> <span m='134680'>basically</span> <span m='135500'>just</span> <span m='135780'>apply</span> <span m='136230'>that</span> <span m='136570'>to the</span> <span m='137020'>wall,</span> <span m='137470'>and you</span> <span m='137920'>can</span> <span m='138020'>have your</span> <span m='138340'>small</span> <span m='138580'>painting</span> <span m='140400'>four</span> <span m='140630'>stories</span> <span m='141010'>tall,</span> <span m='141440'>or</span> <span m='141840'>however</span> <span m='142160'>large</span> <span m='142460'>you want</span> <span m='142760'>it.</span> </p>","file":{"id":297217,"video_id":"2746116715001","name":"1270-Wythe-p-Muralist","duration":143987,"thumbnail_url":null}});