Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Visual Artists Brave Cold to Create Murals Inspired by Video Game 'Far Cry 4'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Visual Artists Brave Cold to Create Murals Inspired by Video Game 'Far Cry 4'

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Visual artists brave cold to create murals


TORONTO - Mother Nature co-operated, sort of, when it came time for a group of visual artists to create a pair of murals inspired by the video game "Far Cry 4."

"Far Cry 4," due out Nov. 18, is set in the fictional Himalayan region of Kyrat. And the artists must have felt they were right there on the weekend, braving chilly two-degree conditions while creating their art in a downtown Toronto parking lot.

David Loran, founder of Monday Murals, and fellow visual artists Nick Sweetman, Bruno Smoky, Shalak Attack and Jeff Blackburn bundled up and brought out the spray paint.

Some prep work had been done the day before, setting the stage for a frigid finish Saturday. Several hours and many coffees later, two large murals gleamed -- complete with creatures ranging from an elephant to a four-fingered god-like creature popping out of canvases the size of a van.

"It's a great gig to do because it gave me a lot of room to have fun," Loran said of the video game. "It's a lot of fun. There's a lot of colour."

Smoky is originally from Brazil, Shalak is a Canadian-Chilean from Montreal who now calls Toronto home (and Smoky her husband), while Sweetman and Blackburn are from Toronto.

A native of Regina now based in Toronto, Loran is no stranger to the cold.

He rendered his elephant mural digitally before bringing out the spray-paint cans, finishing in six to eight hours. The other mural went quicker, with four artists attacking it at once.

The artists looked like paint-spattered grunge rockers at work, albeit ones wearing tuques, hoods and painters' protective breathing masks.

Growing up, Loran always had an interest in art. He started experimenting with spray paint in Grade 9 or 10 and soon discovered he had a talent for it.

He moved to Toronto because of the opportunities and says his goal is "pushing the limits of what can be done with spray paint."

One would think it takes a certain kind of mind to create on such a large scale -- but Loran says it's the same as capturing a large landscape on a small canvas.

"I'm changing their scale from huge to very small on my canvas. …

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