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Commercial Murals

Custom commercial murals for offices or outdoors

How much do you charge for a mural?

We (Sandy and I) estimate our price using a unit rate of $40 per square foot with a minimum of 100 square feet of volume. Our price will flucuate from there. The unit rate will rise on a few factors, such as a space smaller than our minimum, a client who wants to micromanage the design, or a difficult space to access which requires awkward physical effort or dangerous working conditions. The unit price will drop the larger the volume of space gets and the more creative freedom we are given.

Will you work pro bono?

Yes, we will work pro bono, minus material expenses, such as paint, scaffolding, or any unforseen expenses. We will work pro bono under 2 conditions. 1) If we are given absolute creative freedom. We value ideas and feedback from key stakeholders but ultimately we want the power of unimpeded choice. 2) If we are very interested in the project because there is a good cause associated with it and it is an opportunity to try something that we would normally never have the chance to try.

What is your process?

Our ultimate goal with any project is to have fun, so we like to make this process as easy as possible for both parties. We would visit the wall in person to take photos and measurements, as well as meet you to brainstorm ideas. After our site visit, we provide a cost estimate on your desired space based on the wall’s square footage and complexity of the artwork. Once we agree on a price, we require a 50% deposit and signed contract to book our time. After we gather all of the necessary information, we sketch out some ideas and composite them onto photos of your space which we share with you for feedback. Depending on how much creative freedom you give us, we provide a maximum of 3 sketch revisions. Solidifying the idea in advance allows us to proceed to the next phase of the project, which is the production of the polished artwork. We create the artwork digitally to use as reference for the final piece which enables us to efficiently and meticulously hand-paint the final artwork on to the wall. This digital file also gives us the ability to use it for many other applications, such as company swag.

How long does it take you to install a mural?

Installation typically takes 1 weekend but will vary depending on size and complexity. We start on a Friday evening, after your staff has left for the weekend. We continue through until Sunday morning or until we are satisfied with the quality putting in 18 hours a day of production. If we are unable to complete the mural in a single weekend, we will come back subsequent weekends until the it’s complete. This process is very time consuming but also a lot of fun.

What do you get for your investment?

Your investment is in us. It pays for the time and care we put into each piece as well as the opportunity to have a custom “Pell” mural. More importantly, we believe it is an investment in your spiritual well-being in a culture we think is devoid and in need of spiritual expression. Said another way, we believe art, such as murals, play an important and positive role in the psychology of you or your staff. Office murals impact the cultural dynamic of any working environment, and we are glad to see the idea of murals at offices gaining traction. We have witnessed firsthand the awesome power of murals (i.e. people haggling over booking of a boardroom with a beautiful mural in it). You will also receive digital copies (.tiff format) to use in any way you wish, such as marketing campaigns, company swag, desktop or mobile wallpapers, and much more.

How do you accept payment?

We require a 50% deposit on the agreed project estimate before we begin any work. Once the mural is complete, the final 50% of the invoice will be due, Net 30 (30 days) from the completion date. If additional work is requested after the original contract is signed, we will treat this new request as a new project and will provide you with a new invoice and contract for that request. We only accept cheque or cash for mural payments.

Who owns the intellectual property of the artwork?

We will retain rights to the intellectial propery (IP) of the artwork giving us the ability to share the work for marketing purposes, such as through Instagram, or on this website. We will not resell the artwork in any way. The artwork was designed for you, and will be exclusive to you. Some clients require us to sell them the IP rights because of non-disclosure agreements (NDA) which we are happy to do. You can purchase these rights off of us for an additional fee.

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Art Prints

Beautiful 19″x13″ Prints of my artwork shipped to you

What is a Limited Edition print, and why offer it?

Our prints are always Limited Editions. This means we will only print a certain number of them. Once the print sells out, we retire it permanently from circulation. We feel this keeps our motivation high encouraging us to continue creating fresh new work. It also helps keep the value of your investment stable, and hopefully increase over time. All prints are signed in pencil and numbered accordingly and always be sold for the same initial price, never to fluctuate.

How much do you charge for a print?

The price of prints varies depending on size, quality, and complexity. Prints in full colour will naturally cost more than prints that are just black and white. We also often offer prints that have hand-painted elements, such as metallic foiling. Currently, we only offer 1 print size, which is 19″ x 13″. You can visit our online print shop for our latest offerings.

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept PayPal, Apple Pay, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. These options will be available when checking out on our online print shop.

Do you ship your prints?

Yes, we ship from Vancouver, Canada to anywhere that Canada Post, FedEx, UPS, or DHL will deliver to. The shipping price climbs quickly when shipping outside of Canada or the United States unfortunately.

Does your shipping price include insurance?

Yes, our shipping does include insurance because we cannot predict if the print will get damaged in transit to you. If the print is damaged, you will need to fill out an insurance form (which we can provide) to either recover your money, or have a new print shipped to you.

What method of shipping do you use?

Currently we ship our prints flat, using a custom coroplast shell covering an acetate, form fitted sleeve which protects the print from any potential weather or shipping hazards while en route to you. We then wrap this package with manilla packing paper and drop it off at Canada Post which will ship Worldwide. We are also looking for ways of shipping with more environmentally friendly means, so any recomendations on how to improve our shipping process, please contact us with your suggestions.

Do you offer local pickup in Vancouver?

You are welcome to come by our Vancouver studio to pick up your prints. This will save you the cost of shipping. We always package prints using an acetate sleeve and coroplast backing for added protection during your return journey home.

Do you offer refunds or exchanges?

We do not offer refunds or exchanges, so please be confident in your investment in our work before making a purchase. We are a small studio which is committed to providing the highest quality prints, using museum quality inks and papers which are rated (by the manufacturer) to last a few lifetimes in direct sunlight, or longer if well cared for. We stand by our work and want to make sure you are happy, so we encourage you to inquire if for whatever reason you are dissatisfied with your purchase.

How do you recommend framing your prints?

We frame them using 24″x18″ frames, with a 2.5 or 3″ custom 4 or 8 ply matte. We recommend using museum quality mattes which avoid sun damage when exposed to direct sunlight over long periods of time. We recommend non-reflectant glass for maximum clarity. Our prints usually include a 0.5″ border around the image (making the image effectively 12″x18″ or visa versa).

How to handle the prints?

Due to the matte, porous, and high quality nature of the paper, oils in your hands or elsewhere are easily absorbed into the paper. We recommend using clean gloves or handling the paper along it’s edge to avoid grease and oils. Avoid bending or rolling the paper for it will ruin your print.

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Do you accept commissions other than murals or prints?

Yes, I am always looking for fun and unique projects to work on which helps me learn something new and try something novel. I have designed things from coins, to hydro utility boxes, to skis, and more. Please contact me if you have an interesting idea.

Where are you located?

Our studio is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in the neighbourhood False Creek Flats. You can see some photos of my meandering on myr photography Instagram account: @StevePellPhoto.

Do you do speaking engagements or interviews?

I have been rather relectant to do speaking engagements because I have been busy practicing my craft and building a portfolio. However, if you have a speaking opportunity you think I would be suited for or want to interview Sandy or myself, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What tools do you use?

We use a broad range of tools to accomplish different things. We combine the use of digital and analog tools to accomplish whatever project we need to complete. For our murals and illustrations, we typically conceptualize digitally using Macbook Pro’s. We create digital concepts and final works using Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign on a Wacom Cintiq 27QHD display tablet or Benq BL2711U monitor. Both of these displays have a wide colour gaumet for great colour accuracy for screen and prints. The Benq monitor is paired with a small Wacom Intuos 5 tablet. For conceptualizing ideas on the go, we use iPhones, a 9.7″ iPad Pro with Apple Pencil, and good ol’ fashioned pen or pencil on paper. We print using an Epson P800 on gorgeous Epson Hot Press Bright paper. We also use traditional tools like an easel, graphite, charcol, oil paint, india ink, and more for our traditional artwork. For the installation of murals, we use Montana acrylic paint markers, Montana spray paint, Benq 1080p shortthrow projector, Golden acrylic paints and a variety of brushes.
     For project management, we use Google Drive, Adobe Creative Cloud, Apple iCal, and Apple Notes. All of these pieces of software allow for easy collaboration and storage of ideas, assets, and conversations. We use Panic Transmit to communicate with FTP servers and Suitcase Fusion for font management. We subscribe to Netflix and Apple music for our entertainment needs, although we use Youtube a lot as well. We like Pinterest for creating moodboards and finding inspiration and Mindmeister for creating mindmaps. For time tracking, we use Harvest but track invoices and business expenses using Quickbooks. We buy a lot of books through Amazon or Audible, as well as borrow many from the library.
     For photography, we use a Nikon D750, Manfrotto tripods and heads, 20mm 1.8, 50mm 1.8, 85mm 1.8, 80-200 2.8 lenses. We tend to avoid flash photography because we try to aim natural lighting as much as possible. We use Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop for post processing photos. We share our photos using Instagram. We use cloud drives for final files and deliverables while storing our production files on large external storage drives.
     Our most important tools have to be our chairs and tables. We both use sit/stand desks, our favourite being the Herman Miller Renew desk, and Herman Miller Aeron Chairs. Being comfortable while we work allows us to work for hours on end and a worthy investment for long-term health. We also use 5500k LED lighting in dark situations.

If you have any other questions, send me a message!