After many, many years of working as a graphic designer, I made the snap decision in March 2014 to learn to sign paint properly.
I'd been painting signs for Gigors Electric (concert venue) for ages, but always felt guilty because I used to cheat by using Adobe Illustrator to set out the lettering.
Once I started to watch what real sign painters can do, I was hooked. I started with some books. My favourite is still a reprint of William Sutherland's 'The Art & Craft of Sign Writing' (1889) but another which is extremely useful - and funny - is Ivan Castro's 'The ABC of Custom Lettering' (2016).
With this basic knowledge and using scrap bits of wood, started trying to paint as many signs as possible.
Three years and many Youtube videos later, I thought I was probably ready to do a Betterletters workshop in London with the mighty Mike Meyer. It was brilliant and exhausting - I learnt some technical stuff about shadows that I was still trying to get my head round six months later. If you want to see my recent work, click here to see paid projects for customers.