Some Old English, Some Paper Signs, Some Snow Caps

photo(5)Busy times, and I’m not finding as much time to post on here as I’d like, but the work is coming in and a good deal of it is of the hand-painted kind, so I’m counting myself fortunate.

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.

photo(6)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.

photo(2)photo(3)I’m also proud to announce my first snowy-caps!!


Paper Signs

61975_541713842545317_639951143_nMy attention was recently drawn to the work of Dad’s Paper Signs from New Hampshire, USA.

Poster lettering has, I imagine, suffered an even worse decline than signwriting since the advent of cheap digital print shops and home printers, which is a shame as it appears to me to represent hand-lettering in its purest form as work of this nature seems more dependent on instinct in both the lettering style of the painter and his / her eye for layout, spacing and colour.

Again, it’s something I remember seeing a lot as a child, spending time at the family workshop – rolls of fluorescent paper adorned with fat, bold letters advertising sales and special offers – bright and visually striking.

298140_542841119099256_1945491942_n483321_487927657923936_1810357145_n941514_543712162345485_513049429_n575524_542669495783085_723931374_n580624_508453735871328_923895274_nCheck out the link above for more from Dad’s Paper Signs.