Time-lapse video of mural painting by Phil Lumbang

My fellow Backwards Beekeepers Club member Russell Bates says,

Phil Lumbang is a local graphic designer who works for Obey Giant. He's also an outdoor artist, and he's been painting a series of friendly/polite bears all over the Eastside.

Amy came up with the great idea of asking him to paint the giant wall in front of our house, and he was excited about the opportunity.

Phil attacked the wall on Saturday, and the results are spectacular. I documented the whole process, including an interview, time-lapse footage of Phil painting the mural, and some of his other work in the neighborhood. You can see the video at my blog: http://www.porkfist.com


  1. There’s a Disney feel to his drawings (but the good, early Disney, not the saccharine 70s Disney). It’s fresh, simple, original. I guess what I’m reacting to is, so much animation nowadays has a cynical or sarcastic feel to it, especially when drawing “happy” characters. These characters ain’t frontin’.

  2. Murals are the most wonderful things. I like what the artist did- but I like even more that the homeowners took the initiative to make public art from private space.

    I really really wish more commercial property owners would give back to the community by commissioning outdoor art on their own big blank walls.

    Ooooh, maybe if I just keep wishing, it will happen!

  3. Fantastic. As a artist myself, I find his natural ability to conceive balance in large scale really great. I usually have to plan these things out pretty well…he seems to have an innate ability to roll off the cuff, which I wish I could do.

  4. I drive past several of his murals every day and they totally brighten my commute. Good to get the story behind these adorable grafitti bears.

  5. I love graffiti/mural time lapses. I cut a short documentary on a local graf artist in college. Fairly unspectacular, but the time lapse footage is awesome (Aside from the as of yet unexplained green flare that shows up as soon as we switched to manual frame advance on our elderly 16mm camera).

  6. I drive by them all the time as well, and I love them. My fiance and I love their message. In town full of inconsideration, this is much needed street art. Does anyone know the exact location in Silver Lake of this Mural?

  7. Phil’s work is amazing. He does prints and HPM’s. I own a few pieces of his fine art. Great stuff. He should be up soon on http://hchcngns.cm/ (site coming soon). Support this guy. Stay up Phil.

    Peace + Love = Happiness!

  8. Great mural, cool timelapse, but know this: Silverlake ≠ “the Eastside”. The Eastside would be east of the L.A. River. What I think you mean is the “East End”, as in “the eastern end of the Westside”. If you are west of the center (downtown) how can you be on the east side?

    Aww crap, I just noticed Yoshitoshi’s post @15. Oh well, it bears repeating.

  9. I drive by this mural every morning. I like it, but the green is a little garish. I certainly hope the guy consulted the neighbors, since that mural is now the primary view out the living room of the house across the street.

  10. @17 Devophill:

    Indeed, Silverlake is NOT the ‘Eastside’. I am a born and raised Angelina– and actually, we were taught growing up that the Eastside begins with East LA.

    However, for a lot of the ‘non-native’ transplants that tend to live and/or started out living in the “310” area– then Silverlake is the ‘Eastside’ to them. I’ve thought about explaining that they are technically wrong, but after taking an hour and a half to get to SL from Santa Monica at 5pm– they seemed to be onto something there.

  11. For live timelapsed murals I love Rinpa Eshidan from Japan:


    are good places to start.


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