15-by-30-in. sandblasted cedar panel, finished with 23K gold leaf and Nova Color acrylic paints
Router-cut ¾-in. PVC board letters, finished with Ronan AquaCote paint. The sign is 12-ft. wide.
“This bronze plaque was a project,” Chuck says. “I had to look up symbols for each of the 12 apostles symbols and design it based on a very rough, old hand-drawn design they had. The 15-in.-diameter plaque was cast by Gemini.”
15-by-30-in. sandblasted cedar panel with a Gerber Edge print and finished with 23K gold leaf
Hand lettered on a 15-by-32-in. reclaimed cabinet door
Here’s a sampling of Chuck’s hand-lettered “art signs,” which he sells online and at local art shows. All were hand lettered with Nova Color acrylic paints. The Cheshire Cat was done on a 13-by-32-in. reclaimed cabinet door.
“This logo was designed from scratch based on their ideas. I was inspired by the cast-in-steel look of the America’s Most Wanted TV show logo. It was an interesting day for my neighbors when the SWAT vehicle rolled into my driveway. They relaxed when they saw me standing out there talking to the officers!”
The cartoon was hand drawn, then scanned and the colors were added in Photoshop.
Laser-cut white ½-in. acrylic letters on a black aluminum composite panel with a cedar frame. This is one of ten signs done as a sign system for a business center. Overall size is 26-by-50-in.
Chuck Peterson

Chuck Peterson

San Diego, California

By SignCraft.com

Posted on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

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Shop name:
Chuck Peterson Designs

Shop size: 600 sq. ft.

Age: 64

Graphics equipment:
Gerber Signmaker IVB
Gerber Edge printer
Gerber Omega software
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop

Online:
www.chuckpeterson.com
Chuck was first featured in the March/April 2001 issue of SignCraft. He has moved a couple of times since then before landing in his native San Diego. Now 64, he’s using the Internet to market the brand of creative sign work that he enjoys along with other types of sign work that fit his shop.

The shop: I work out of a studio in my home. I have about 600 feet of workspace—the garage plus one adjacent room in the house for my office. It works very well for me. I’m pretty low-tech. Believe it or not, I use a Gerber Signmaker IVB and a Gerber Edge. I outsource anything that requires bigger equipment than that. That way I don’t have to stock the materials or spend time doing the work. I know some shops prefer that, but I’d just rather be doing other work.


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