RSVP Gallery x Sprite

by Jalyn Eaton

In celebration of RSVP’s 10th anniversary, the conceptual retail gallery is teaming up with Sprite to host a series of artists workshops and masterclasses at their Chicago location from August 4th to the 10th. The talks will cover a range of topics from fashion photography to design, each led by a Chicago native.

To honor RSVP’s milestone, Chicago-based artist HML left her mark on the gallery with a larger than life mural emphasizing RSVP and Chicago’s long running history with Sprite. Flaunt got the chance to catch up with the artist about the collab. 

How did you get involved with this project?

This project started when an agency named Crown and Conquer reached out to me to see if I would be interested in participating in an activation with RSVP and Sprite.

What's the process that goes behind creating a mural of this scale?

Typically when I create at this scale, I’ll take a photo of the space and use my iPad to draw my ideas directly on top.  This way I can see exactly how the image will look in real life.

Do you ever get nervous that you'll make a mistake?

I tend to be slightly nervous about client work because there are so many factors that go into having a successful piece that I love and the client feels conveys their message.  As far as mistakes, those are just part of working on new projects. With this particular project I had to paint directly onto glass windows which is much more difficult than painting on walls or canvas.  I had my reservations, but it’s fun to do new things and have to find the best way to make it work.

Did you get creative freedom from RSVP x Sprite to paint what you wanted?

I had a lot of creative freedom for this project.  With any client work, there are a few drafts of an image to make sure logos are correct and the message of the company is conveyed as successfully as possible.

What was your inspiration for the piece?

I’m always inspired by women so I make sure to have a woman at the forefront of all of my designs. The design is light and fun, just showing her enjoying RSVP and Sprite.

How long did it take to complete?

This project took two and a half days, mostly because I decided to do it alone.

If you could paint one of your girls on any building in the world, which one would it be?

I don’t have a particular building I’d like to paint on. I just enjoy painting places where people really appreciate the work.

Stop by RSVP Gallery in Chicago this week to see HML’s mural and take part in the 10th anniversary festivities!