Design Clinic: A few recent projects

Time to put the brushes back to work

By Bob Behounek

Posted on Monday, July 2nd, 2018

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Once upon a time, when hand-crafted things were the rule and not the exception, craftspeople seemed to understand what it was going to take to master their trade. There were so many different disciplines to learn and become proficient at to become a bonafide sign maker. It took years of dedicated practicing before we finally felt that our work was worthy.

Our mentors warned us of the many years we needed to invest before we would exhibit seasoned, controlled design sense, brushwork and color usage. As time marched on, our persistence and experience started to pay off. We had paid attention to those before us who laid down some pretty neat finished products!

Soon our work carried some emotional swagger that not only mimicked our mentors, but let us interject our own individual nuances. Maybe these seasoned tradespeople are called journeymen because of their long journey—working down these creative roads, developing the loves and passions that spark the artistry of our trade.

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Bob Behounek has spent over 40 years as a sign artist and pinstriper in the Chicago, Illinois, area.

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