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November '12

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another tank job for us in the near future. That's fine with me since jobs like this are fun to do and a welcome break from working in the shop. The final job was exactly how the cli- ent wanted this tank to look, and has already planned summer shower if one came along (and though brief, later one did). It really would be a shame, since the job would not be completed in one afternoon, to return to the site on another day and find the markings needed to complete it had all washed away. Now it was time to paint. The out- side circular border of the logo was black, and I worked outlining it with a painter's trim brush and the black bulletin enamel I brought. This was actually very simple, and does not require an artist, just a fairly steady hand and a decent brush. After going around the full circle, I changed colors and outlined the circle of the logo and its single letter using the same type of brush. It was fairly hot weather when this job was done, but a few clouds in the evening kept it bearable. And, this kind of signwork is really just like a game to me. A good manlift made the job safe, and the rest was just simple paint-by- number. By quitting time I had the logo totally sketched out in paint, and the company name traced in pencil over the pattern chalk. I figured I could finish the entire job in a couple of more hours, but this would have to wait until Monday morning. By the middle of Monday morning, Labor Day, we were back at the jobsite and I was working away with the only lettering brush I would use on this job, that 3/4" flat, which was perfect for let- tering the large letters of the company name. The only annoyance was that parts of the white paint job on that tank were a bit rough. My calculations were fairly close to reality, so after working just a little over two hours that morning, and just before lunch, the job was totally completed. I looked up as I was coming down from the job in the manlift, and saw two people in a large SUV taking photos of the job I'd just finished. Turned out the photographer was the owner of the company, and he loved the appearance of that painted graphic on his new tank, and promised we'd have another tank to do just like it in another location in East Texas. Rats, I had already disposed of the patterns used the previ- ous day! Oh well, at least there will be another fun job like this one in the near future. Signmakers who always rely on plot- ters, printers and vinyls to do every job, may think this type of work would not be for them. But, if the graphic is large and not complex, patterns can easily be made, and the handling of brush work like this can be done quite well without years of experience. Step by step, and paint by number, jobs like this are great break from in-the-shop sign work. And for old sign painters like me, they are just plain fun to do. SDG Use INFO #192 SIGN & DIGITAL GRAPHICS • November 2012 • 27

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