Major Projects: Red Cross Blood Museum

The American Red Cross commissioned Out of Bounds, a marketing group out of Culver City, California, to create a traveling blood museum, with the purpose of raising awareness of the importance of blood donation.

Lisa Schultz of Out of Bounds and Art Director Sal Sinare had seen the artwork I'd done for "Faces of a Plague." They wanted to capture the same feeling for the oversize portraits that they visualized for the 48 ft. x 12 ft. exterior of the mobile blood museum. The portraits were to communicate that people of all ages and all colors are in need of blood transfusions. Inside the truck is a multi media exhibit about the people seen in the exterior portraits, and their particular needs for transfusions.

The mobile blood museums traveled all over the United States and Puerto Rico.

—Karen Blessen

Art Process
SketchbookFirst sketchFinal Art

The final art for the exterior of the American Red Cross Mobile Blood Museum was printed at actual size on a material that could then be applied to the side of the semi-truck.

The work begins as pencil sketches, which are scanned into hi res Photoshop files, set up at 1/6 of the final printed size. Then painted papers are scanned in and "cut" and manipulated into a digital collage. The production artist who made the files ready for printing at actual size then enlarged the images and reduced the dpi to 72.

First sketchFinal art

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