Work With Me: Atlanta Muralist Alison Hamil
I am very passionate about painting, but one of the BEST things about my job as an Atlanta muralist are the relationships that I develop with each of my clients.
I approach every project from the heart, and I think about how to make the biggest positive impact on the people who will see the artwork every day.
I consider every project to be a collaboration, and I love coming up with unique ways to involve others in the mural-making process. My favorite projects involve working with the community and with kids, but I also love creating uplifting pieces for businesses and residences as well.
Each of my clients has a special purpose and vision, and it is my absolute pleasure to combine that insight with my own creative approach, artistic style, and unique brand.
Ready to get started with your own mural project?
What is it like to work with me?
Working with Alison was extremely smooth. Alison is a professional, creative, cerebral, and delightful person. She was promptly responsive via email and phone and stuck to all the deadlines set by the committee...I am a lifelong fan of Alison and her work and would absolutely love to work with her again.
Art Teacher - Northwood Elementary School
Selecting the right artist for your project can feel like a daunting task, but you can be sure that working with me is an easy and fun process! To give you an idea of what to expect, following is an outline of my basic process for any mural or creative project:
First, we determine the budget.
The average price for original mural art typically falls between $25-$30 per square foot for mural sizes between 100-300 square feet. The price per square foot goes up as the size goes down, and vice versa. I have a $1000 minimum for mural projects.
When you contact me for a quote, I will typically ask the following questions in order to provide you with the most accurate price estimate for your unique project:
- Dimensions - what is the width x height of the wall or object you want painted?
- Location - Will this be an interior or exterior mural? What is the address?
- What is the type of wall or substrate? (ie brick, cinderblock, dry wall, metal, etc.)
- What is the current condition of the wall? Does it require any prep work? (ie sanding, scraping, pressure wash, primer, etc.)
- Is there access to electricity nearby for a projector?
- What did you have in mind for the mural design?
- When can I work on it? (ie specific dates, time of day, day of week, etc.)
- Do you have a deadline when you expect the mural to be completed?
- Photos of wall or object as parallel as possible
My estimate includes two design revision requests – additional requests may increase the final price; however, this is a rare occurrence, as most of my clients are satisfied with initial concepts. Also, please keep in mind you will never be charged more without prior approval.
Next comes the design.
Once you commit to working with me and downpayment is made, then we begin the design process.
Research: The first step in the design process is researching. This includes gathering images, reference photos, and misc. design examples for inspiration. I may visit the site to get photos and a better feel for the space, and may ask you additional questions to get a better idea of your taste and expectations. If this is a public art or community-based project, I may also survey community members to brainstorm ideas for the mural design.
Design Sketch: With the inspiration acquired from the research phase, I can begin brainstorming and sketching out ideas. This is an important step, and can sometimes be the most time-consuming.
Presentation: Your sketches will be presented to you in digital format. This is your chance to proof the designs and submit any feedback or changes you’d like to see before finalizing.
Now for the fun part!
Once I get your final approval on the design, it’s time to make the art! I pour my heart and soul into every piece that I do, ensuring that you have a beautiful piece of art that is sure to get people talking.
Here is an example from a previous project of what the design mockup looks like verses the finished mural painting:
Digital Design Sketch: