Into It – Sign writing

Into It – Sign writing


I’m Ciaran Globel
and I’m a sign painter from Glasgow. I’ve been a sign painter for about 2 years
now. Before that, I was pretty much going from
job to job as a freelance graphic designer Did a bit of painting & decorating on the
side and worked in a few bars just to pay the bills.
The reason I moved from graphic design to sign painting
is cause primarily I like working with my hands more
than just sitting in front of a screen. I found that applying some of the things I
was creating on the screen, painting them by hand onto wood or glass or metal, just really
gave me more of a sense of pride in the things I was creating.
When I was younger I was involved in the graffiti scene in Glasgow and so that kind of evolved
my interest in typography and letter forms. So everything that I do now, the route of
it comes from as a teenager sketching out letters.
Sign painting in general you can make a lot of comparisons
between sign painting and graffiti because a lot of the same principles are used
when it comes to shadow and the colours that you use and thinking about what colours go well with each other and how the fonts interact with each other is the exact same principles as graffiti.
I’d say the most challenging job I’ve ever had was about 2 years ago when I first started doing this and I was tasked with painting about six huge logos for quite a well known company
on to the side of these massive freight containers and at the time when I took the job I didn’t
realise, stupidly thats freight containers are made out of corrugated
metal and so, that brought its own set of challenges
as well as working outside solidly on that job for about three weeks. After that, I got a pretty bad dose of the
flu and then when it came to figuring out how
much money I’d made I probably made about minimum wage over the
whole three weeks. Even though it has its own set of challenges
I wouldn’t change what I do cause it’s really allowed me to be my own boss and take the jobs that I think will benefit me in the long run.

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