Sign painting class has FINALLY started. Following are my images from day one. Don’t judge, it’s harder than I imagined, and getting a nice wedge on a carpenters pencil is more difficult that expected. The lessons remind me of writing practice in Ms. Gillian’s class, and Mr. Gonzales’ class. L.O.M.S., I’m not sure what it stood for, but it was lines of repeated lines and shapes and letters.
So, at the end of the day, I must remember this……
During my first semester of Typography I spent most of the class intimidated by type, type rules, and was terrified to make mistakes. I had such a hard time with the idea that type could be fun, or even that type needed to fit a project and concept. I could see that type could ruin a project. Anytime I saw comic sans, I thought a little less of the project.
Class would sometimes start off with a show and tell, and I would get inspired. I could see how type could be fun. Projects were still intimidating, but in the back of my mind I remind myself of this video, and think someday I will get here.
Then everything changed when I saw this, and sign painting became something that I needed to do.
Why? Because it was something to do with my hands. It’s useful. It made letters fun. I immediately went to a store in San Antonio that sold sign painting supplies, but was surprised with the lack of reading and learning materials for sign painters. They had the right paint, they had the right brushes, but they didn’t have the instruction that I felt I needed. So, I continued to photograph signs that I thought were inspiring, looked at images in the internet and then Texas State University decided to offer Intro to Sign Painting over the summer. The long wait for summer had started, and that leads me to now….. Intro to Sign Painting has started, and I am going to document my class, share my work from beginning to the end.
It’s been forever since I’ve done anything with film. Went out and played with disposable cameras, and while this picture definitely has issues…. I think I love it.
I’ve been lucky to be able to photograph Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros twice. The first time was when they came through Austin on the Railroad Revival Tour, and this time during SXSW at the release for The Big Easy Express. I had the option to watch the documentary which just came out, or take pictures.
These are two of my favorite pictures from that night.