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10 Sign Painters Discuss Their Craft

John Downer

"Those of us who have a foot in the digital world can quickly see the advantages of using computers. Everybody wants quick, simple, and cheap, but painting a sign still takes time. Today you don't have to be able to draw and execute a good letter. People think that if it's readable, that's sufficient. When young people call themselves sign painters, technically they're right: they are using paint, and they are making signs. But when the older guys say the young people aren't real sign painters, they mean something different. They are referring to the method and the final appearance. You don't outline a sign painter's letter and then fill it in with a Q-tip-that isn't really sign painting. You use the appropriate size brush and do it in three strokes. Who can do that? My computer can't."

(p. 98)

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