This is a piece we’ve prepared for a sweet shop that’s being installed within a local retirement home in Bournemouth. They wanted to retain the company branding (typeface, colour etc.) but with a traditional, authentic touch.
Just returned from my first official signwriting job, painting these letters on the side of an office building in Bournemouth with my dad. I did the layout and design work on computer and then created paper templates which we pounced onto the wall.
The surface was a little uneven in places which made it difficult to get perfectly clean lines. It was also a challenge working off a ladder for the first time, trying to balance with paint, brush and mahlstick in hand.
For many years one of the most commonly utilized tricks of the sign painter is the use of projected letters and shadow. As E. Sanderson puts it in his essay published in The Modern Signwriter (1954) “..the representation of any style of letter which is cut out of solid substance and has three-dimensions, ie. length, breadth and thickness”.
Above we have my rather primitive early attempts to get to grips with these tricks.
Below we have some further examples taken from the same E. Sanderson essay.
My latest piece. This is a project my wife and I have been involved in for a while now so i thought it would be a good excuse to exercise my fledgling brush skills and knock up a sign for the project. Just have some posts to fix now and we’re good to go.
Check out the websites on the board for info.
Although many of the companies’ lorries are fitted with vinyl graphics, one of the vehicles we were working on had a beautifully (albeit faded) signwritten and pinstriped cab which i felt was worth a photograph or two.
I’ve previously expressed my admiration for casual lettering styles and how writers can develop their own recognizable style. The lettering on this truck cab mostly consisted of basic block and serif alphabets, yet somehow the letters were still recognizable as those of a specific sign painter.
About a year ago my dad painted a vintage truck for the same company. He was requested to literally ‘perform’ the work as part of their 40th anniversary and painted the vehicle during the celebrations with an audience of onlookers watching his every stroke! Here it is…..