“Working for Roy was never rigorous,” McKeever replied when asked if creating the original mural was an arduous experience. “He was not deadline-driven, he just worked steadily at it. He drew it out, taped it out, we would paint in the colors,” he added. “When I started, he had already completed the final collage (he had done a couple other ones before that), and we took a photograph of that and projected it on the wall for him to draw out.”
“He obviously drew it out, because it’s his mural, but once we started painting it, you were just given a task and you did it,” McKeever said. “The dots were done with silkscreen paper so that was just like putting wallpaper up.” He recalled painting the stripes as particularly labor-intensive, as was the brushstroke, which Lichtenstein executed from a scissor lift.