Being a former sign painter for over 25 years has built within me a huge appreciation for all forms of signage. It’s on everything, driving down the road, lighting up our town, on every business window… These days we have the high tech printing going on, where you can envelope a whole semi truck and trailer with a picture of whatever company it’s working for.
When I started a sign business, everything was tediously hand painted, then progressed to vinyl lettering(think letter cutouts). Toward the end of my sign career, I was involved with the printing, and I used to say, “As an artist, it gave me wings”. Previously, you would have to paint the picture on yourself, now you could just print it, and saved oodles of time.
My favorite types of signage? VINTAGE!! The old time feel, with the rough broken edges, that makes my heart sing! Nowadays, I like to try and duplicate the look and feel of the signs. They have a lot of software out there these days, that with a click of a button you can make it look like it’s 100 years old with scratched rusty metal, broken barn boards, etc… It’s no surprise to some of my camp that I would design these signs. I don’t have to paint them anymore, now I can design it and digitally send it to my publisher, who then in turn prints it on metal, canvas, wood, whatever. All the while, my fingernails stay clean as a whistle.
As a fine artist, during the day I mostly paint photo realism paintings, yet I like to take breaks and that’s when i design vintage signs. That is just fun for me! Maybe I need to get out more. 🙂