This summer of 2013, I was commissioned to paint for a new burger bar opening in downtown Tucson, AZ. Good Oak Bar (facebook page) was looking for an interior design that reflects the authentic city of Tucson along with the authentic menu of local fare. Along with the sign painted poster you’ll see here, we painted an over-sized mural along the restaurant wall (to be posted later).
With the help of my son, we designed this poster on photoshop.
I painted this work entirely in my NYC shop. It’s painted on cambric canvas.
Here we blocked out the background colors.
To transfer the artwork, I used a projector and my laptop.
I transferred the basic design of the mural portion. The lettering was done later.
Color study. And then we’re ready to paint the mural.
We created a pounce pattern for the lettering.
Sign painting was thought to be a lost art – I’m bringing it back, one stroke at a time!
After I finished, we aged the poster with a raw umber/ raw sienna glaze.
Additionally, a sand through was just the ticket for a final aging.
When I arrived in Arizona, I adjusted the color of the sign.