This antique truck was hand painted to replicate the correct era and placed on display at a museum.
This small overlaid plywood sign was rendered for a Halloween themed fun park.
This self-standing sign was used at a Brushmasters charity event.
This was a special project for an art district where only painted signs can be used.
This wall hanging was an exercise in painted calligraphy, then auctioned off for charity.
The Stone Mountain cutout of a car project became a retro wall hanging, for someone who loves old cars and racing.

Design Clinic: Take a break and have some fun

Find a few projects that will let you stretch your creative wings

By Bob Behounek

Posted on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

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Ever since I was in grade school, my interests seemed to center around color and design. I am a visual type of person, always looking at and absorbing the world around me. Upon closer review, I realized that this caught me somewhere between the process and the finished product.

When we traveled around town back then, it was a whole new and creative world to explore. There was so much to see right in the path of our everyday journeys. I’m sure you’ve heard the song, “Signs, signs, everywhere a sign…” from the early seventies. That was what I saw, everywhere I looked. Those colorful images sprinkled throughout the landscape were also different yet so similar. My interest in this art form gained momentum every day.

Powerful inspiration As I got older I found myself searching for answers as I tried to crack the mysteries of color and design. I was fortunate to meet up with some very creative sign craftsmen who had huge amounts of inspiration. They became mentors with integrity and motivational fortitude. Many of these people gave me advice that has lasted a lifetime.

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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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