First up, my attempt at an Old English style script. This was for a dilapidated old bakery in Swanage, Dorset, that had recently been converted into living accomodation. Eager to retain the original character of the building, the property developer wanted us to re-create the original fascia panel in time for the new tenants to move in.
I also recently took my first order for paper signs. I’ve always loved hand-written posters although they’re seldom seen these days, largely replaced by digital print. You do still catch the occasional example though, often in a butcher-shop window and I’ve noticed a few local churches that employ them in their noticeboards. Always eye-catching in bright fluorescent pinks and greens with sturdy but casual lettering.
I painted these for a local horologist attempting to ramp up some pre-xmas sales. If I’m honest I probably lost out financially on these as I’ve yet to develop the speed to make this particular kind of work worthwhile and ended up spending far too much time on them. I was quite happy with the results though, so I put the exercise down as a learning experience. The whole point of paper signs is their speed: customers want a cheap, effective option that a good signwriter can run off with little effort or time. It was also a valuable exercise in developing my freehand and layout skills without the reliance on a computer, as I had to sketch very rough designs in faint pencil onto the paper before proceeding, to ensure the spacing was correct. This did go quite hideously wrong on one occasion, resulting in a complete re-write of one of the posters. Again, a good learning experience.