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By: James Gurney,
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SIGN PAINTERS (OFFICIAL TRAILER) from samuel j macon on Vimeo.
(Direct link to video) Directors Faythe Levine and Sam Macon documented the stories of more than two dozen sign painters who still follow the traditional methods of lettering by hand. Here's the trailer for their documentary "Sign Painters," the first anecdotal history of the craft, featuring the stories of more than two dozen sign painters working throughout the United States.
"There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade."
Book related to the project: Sign Painters
by Faythe Levine
Documentary website: signpaintermovie.com
Previously on GurneyJourney: "Hand Painted Signs"
There are several Flickr groups devoted to this subject:“Hand-Painted Signs of the World.”“Folk Typography”“Signpaintr,”
dedicated to the lost art of hand-lettering“Hand-Painted Signs of Cambodia.”
...unless you're just, totally... just, DONE.
(But there is NO WAY that you're totally done!!)
The Making of John Mayer's 'Born & Raised' Artwork from Danny Cooke on Vimeo.
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David A. Smith is an artist from England renowned for his traditional hand-crafted signs, which are etched and gilded on the reverse side of glass.
David recently produced a cover for American singer/songwriter John Mayer's album "Born and Raised" by matching the style of turn-of-the-century trade cards and letterheads.
This behind-the-scenes video captures the many stages of the process. The video is by Danny Cooke, shot on a Canon 7D.
Previously on GJ: The style of lettering known as engrossing.
Thanks, Dick Hill
Ohmigosh... am I starting to sound didactic with all these "don't"s? Hope not.
Eek, I had such fun with this one... just thinking about holding on to whatever it is that makes you GO in life, when you're being pulled in all different directions like Silly Putty. It's not always smooth sailing but the most important thing is honesty, integrity, truth—inward and outward! :D Hey, my journey will never end as long as I'm here, but in my time I have definitely learned a thing or two about being a happy person... inwardly and outwardly! :D
Have a great day!
Here's one that's very fitting for me right now. Is it fitting for you, too?
I actually LOVE my sleep—I feel like I can never get enough of it, sometimes... But alas, too busy right now to be too lazy about it. I get what I need and then it's off to the races. Another one of my favorite quotes sums it up: I can sleep when I'm dead.
Maybe I'll do that one next.
What can you accomplish in one hour, in the middle of the work day? I can think of lots of things.
Jazzy, baby! Happy Wednesday.
Remember when everyone was saying "Really? REALLY?" all the time?
Yep, me too.
A quote day! Not sure what drove this to pop into my head, but I like it. It's a little on the heavy side (like life is, sometimes) but it's most definitely true!
Mr. Chris Rushing is a designer/illustrator/art director working in NYC, at Time Warner. He has a great number of interesting projects and a nice site with which to neatly house them. It looks as though while working at TW Chris has had the chance to create some great web and interactive experiences — these projects are interesting, and well worth a look. What really attracted me to his work, though, was his skill in lettering and illustration. I love the pinache and wit throughout his portfolio. In general, I’d say his work is smart and succinct; interesting and engaging without being overstated.
A number of his prints are available for purchase at Society6.
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Maxwell Loren Holyoke Hirsch
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Chris Gardner, who drew our beautiful Drawn logo, shows some sketches and preliminary work for a logo he drew for a new iOS word game called Letter by Letter that launches today.
I’ve been playing a closed beta of the game for the past few weeks, and I’m complete addict. Its the perfect mix of Scrabble, Boggle, and Risk with short, but challenging turns that require some crafty strategy and a healthy vocabulary.
a message from the Orianne
society this morning prompted this little sketch.
I've long had a soft spot for indigo snakes...
Hey, happy Sunday! Here's something fun about Sunday—
this cute new t-shirt
I designed and submitted to Threadless
. But here's the sticky part— it has only been submitted, not approved for voting (..yet, I hope).
Your help here could make a big difference! If you click this page
, and "social share" the design to your favorite online places, it might help to get my latest Threadless submission approved for voting! It's a mystery to me how they do things over there, but I know that social shares usually help everything (I can't help but think of Mary Poppins' "spoonful of sugar" helping the medicine go down. I must revisit that movie again soon!). So if you like the t-shirt, if you could picture your 4-year old niece loving it and wearing it (I can certainly picture my 2-year old niece in it!) then please Share it
thorough the links on
. I would be SO grateful. :D
Alphabetcha, a gruesome alphabet by Nathan Walker.
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New packaging and identity for Nuts.com (formerly “Nuts Online”) …designed by Pentagram partner Michael Bierut… [with a] logo and type based on his own hand-drawn alphabet, digitized by Jeremy Mickel. The identity is complemented with nut character illustrations by Christoph Niemann. (via Brand New: Nuts.fun)
Well, not only did the laptop get a virus, but the charger ceased charging. Then, the desktop computer got a really nasty virus, rendering it useless. And, on a sad note, my fathe- in-law, Robert Smith, passed away last weekend. Needless to say, no mural progress worth noting has happened...that is, until now.
Little details have been my focus - the bottle and wine glasses...
...the swirled hair and curling vines on the Dionysus character...
...and the vines reaching across the top of the arch.
Now, I've started some lettering along the bottom (the mural's title) and I'll show that when I've worked out some kinks. One thing I've realized is that I really don't like doing the lettering. Since it's along the bottom, I have to be down low on the floor and it gets uncomfortable quickly. Also, I tend to overfuss letters, so it can be tedious.
The only thing after that is the field beneath the wave - I have to line up the panels in order to put in the plants and some dots of red strawberries.
|The Studio Photo-Bomber Strikes Again!|
Summer is running out, so I'd really like to be done and work on some personal projects for a change. Unfortunately, I don't think much of that will happen. So, finishing the mural will be my summer goal.
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"You know those letters that you did with the dark blue edging and light blue center were far to bold for mural? They real drew too much attention."
"Yes, I know. That's why I changed the centers to green and posted pictures. I thought the green would blend in a little bit better."
|Dark blue edging with a green center|
"Weeellllllll, it's still not working. That dark blue edging with the dark green is still too demanding."
"Oh, it's fine. Just live with it a little bit. You'll get used to it."
"Come on, who are you kidding? You should know to trust your instincts by now."
"Do you realize how long I've spent hunched over on the floor doing these letters over and over? My back is sore, I've got a kink in my neck..."
"Yes, I know. But, I think you're making excuses. Do you really want to drive by the mural for years wishing you had changed the color?"
"Alright, you win. I'll repaint the letters AGAIN. I'll use a dark green/light green comination so that it is more harmonious with the background...BUT THIS IS THE LAST TIME!"
|Dark green edging with light green center|