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November '15

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • November 2015 • 83 time I'm trying not to over-reach past the guidelines of established practice so my work will look right. I try to find my own voice in a tradition in which it is tough to be original. It is very time consuming work, but I strive to work at a pace where I feel happy with the process. This can mean that sometimes I undercharge, but there is no other way to do it other than strive for a good connection with a client who under- stands it takes a while. I need my customers to grasp the fact that it is impossible to do this work quickly or for too low a price. At the same time there is a challenge to charge fairly and not be greedy with clients who can afford to pay more." Ken Davis "I got excited about gold leaf as I helped Josh Luke (formerly of New Bohemia Signs in San Francisco) do a transom address in Pacific Heights in San Francisco. I got to see how many steps were involved in reverse glass gilding work, and I was impressed by how there seemed to be no middle ground between Ken does all his layouts by hand. Ken's kit. a good job and a poor one. You have to be 100 percent honest with yourself when evaluating your quality level. Anything halfway would be unacceptably medio- cre. I felt that the surface gilding I was doing was quite limited compared to what I was seeing Josh do on the back of glass. I found that if you want to improve, you have to be willing to fail a couple times. I find skateboarding and gilding to be somewhat similar because you have to be ready to hit hard on your limitations and fight the urge to be content with your previous limits. I draw all my images and lettering by hand, and I don't use digital or mechani- View of Ken's studio.

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