La Peinture a L’Ancienne

9 13 12 14 16Happened upon this via a French blog posted on the Pre-Vinylite Facebook page. I cannot understand a word of it as my French is basic to say the least but I found these images captivating. I particularly like the close up where you can see the rough surface the painter has to contend with – certainly can’t be easy to maintain good shapes and lines on this kind of finish – but the end result is beautiful.

The blog is worth a look, despite the language barrier.

La Peinture a L’Ancienne

The Talking Boards Of Ira Coyne

Ira Coyne seems to be a name held in particularly high esteem with any folk interested in striking sign work. As well as being a signpainter by trade he has also contributed his work to galleries and exhibitions throughout the United States.

Here are some shots from an exhibition he staged last year in Portland, Oregon featuring these beautiful hand-painted ouija boards: Spirit Universe – Talking Boards Of Ira Coyne:

ira-coyne-handpainted-sign-mouse-lg ira-coyne-handpainted-sign-red-eyes-lg ira-coyne-hello-sprit-spirit-board-lg ira-coyne-spirit-board-red-fox-lg ira-frog ira-racoonYou can see more here along with other examples of his work.

Scripts

Scripts

Scripts

Some fine xmas reading this year, courtesy of Steven Heller and Louise Fili’s “Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design’s Golden Age”.

Steven Heller has released several volumes on typography and design. This one will take its place on my shelf alongside his excellent “New Vintage Type” book  – inspirational stuff and essential reading for this fledgling type geek!

New Vintage Type

New Vintage Type

Freebird & Hogtown

I had every intention of writing a final blog in December, just to round things off nicely before entering into the new year.  Unfortunately I hadn’t foreseen an unusually hectic pre-xmas workload which barely left me time for the usual festive preparations, let alone maintaining a blog.  It’s good to be busy though as this is often a quiet couple of months for us.

I did however find a couple of spare evenings to work on some gift ideas for family.  The first of these was for my father-in-law who, if you were forced to put a label on him, I feel calling him a “biker” wouldn’t be too wide of the mark. Anyway, I wanted to come up with something that wouldn’t look out of place in his shed and tried to combine elements of tattoo and bike art along with inspiration from the Lynyrd Skynyrd song of the same name which I recall went down very well with him and his friends at his 60th birthday bash last year.

Free BirdAs time was running out and things were so frantic during office hours, I was very close to just running off a stencil for this piece, mainly so I would have some outlines to work to.  I decided against this option though, preferring to test myself and get some good practice in at the same time.  I designed the piece in illustrator and created a print out which I used to pounce the image onto the board. I then painted freehand over the top.

Being fairly happy with the finished product and overcome with a flush of confidence (along with a gift predicament for my brother-in-law), I decided to embark on another small project.  My sister and brother-in-law have a number of hedgehogs residing at the end of their garden and are quite involved in maintaining their well-being and health in conjunction with a local hedgehog hospital.  So I made him a town-sign for this newly established hog colony……

photo(14)photo(13)Once again I was keen to do this freehand so I used the same technique to create a pounced image on the board and tried to keep to the lines as well as I could. This was mostly successful but the border came out  a little shaky and I had to use some tape to clean and straighten up the edges.

So… two flawed but satisfactory pieces that were, nonetheless, gratefully received by their target audience.