A steam train sample project
Getting a jump on the 2017 Sign Invitational Challenge
By Dan Sawatzky
Posted on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
The Sign Invitational Challenge is happening again at the International Sign Association Show [April 19 to 22]. Competition will undoubtedly be friendly but very ﬁerce. The theme for this year’s event is “Sign Magic”. MultiCam is making room in their booth for even more entries this year.
As always I got an early start. I knew our spring season would be busy with many large projects along with lots of business travel. The key to getting my project done on time was to sneak ﬁve or ten minutes of work on the piece a few times through each workday rather than large blocks of time. I didn’t want to rush the project or have to pull an all-nighter (or three) at the last minute.
My project was inspired from my mural painting days. So often I heard spectators comment that the subjects of my murals often seemed to come right off the wall. My choice of themes was easy, because steam trains were my favorite subject for my historical murals. A painting by Norman Rockwell of a sign painter will serve as inspiration for the sculpted ﬁgure.
Dan Sawatzky's shop, Sawatzky's Imagination Corporation, is in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. Dan shares his experience in his Sign Magic Workshops on 3-D sign making, and his Sculpting Workshop.