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Mural Painting

A blast from the past! Some of my early hand-painted, pictorial work. Large paintings onto painted plywood.

By David Smith

September 21, 2010

Glue Chipped Glass

Glue Chipped Glass has to be one of the most intriguing techniques of reverse glass. I was first exposed to the glue chipping technique on glass while on holiday at the Disneyland Park in Aneheim,…

By David Smith

September 19, 2010

Etched Bicycle Glass Sign

This small glass panel employs acid-etching through a painted resist known as asphaltum. The outer border was tool-nipped on the edge and chemical silvered. Detail on the bike is scratched through gold and painted. The…

By David Smith

September 4, 2010

Restored Glass Signs

When presented with aged & damaged examples of early reverse glass advertising pieces & ornate mirrors, it is important to restore sensitively.

By David Smith

September 4, 2010

Brilliant Cut Glass

This labour intensive work rewards all of the effort it takes to produce, with a finished result that glitters & reflects light like no other glass finish.

By David Smith

August 21, 2010

My Morris Traveler Van

These iconic vehicles were common place on the roads of Britain in the 1960’s and 1970’s The Morris Minor van was more often used as a trade vehicle than the 1968 Morris Traveller pictured here,…

By David Smith

August 20, 2010

Connecticut Valley Tobacconist

This design was produced to a high resolution for reproduction on a panel, 40ft x 30ft at a tobacconist convention in Las Vegas, USA 2008. As with all of my work, it was drawn by…

By David Smith

August 11, 2010

Valencia Signs Pallet USA

This photo’s realistic effect was achieved by using tools within Photoshop, but again still hand-rendered and drawn. The computer was not used as a ‘cheat’, rather as a tool in the same way as pencils…

By David Smith

August 10, 2010

Brewery Font Design

This font was designed to be reminiscent of the old brewery songwriters letter faces. The font name is now called Factory, and is popular at Letterhead Fonts. See the icon LHF FONTS at the side…

By David Smith

August 10, 2010

Witchell's Pickled Walnuts

Designed in 2007 for a good friend by the name of James Witchell. This hand-sketched design was built using vector and colouring tools in Photoshop.

By David Smith

August 10, 2010

Web Button Design

This Design was developed from an original pencil sketch I designed and then re-drawn in Gerber’s Omega 2.0 software. Finally finishing all colour rendering in Photoshop.

By David Smith

July 20, 2010

Letterhead Studios Design

Commissioned by Chuck Davis. Title lettering and background designs for Letterhead Studios front webpage. USA 2009. A combination of hand drawn sketches and computer generated designs using Photoshop tools, but still all hand made.

By David Smith

July 20, 2010

Victorian Era Brilliant Cut Glass

A step by step article I wrote for Sign Business Magazine in Denver, Colorado, USA in 2006. Explaining the lost art of Brilliant Cutting .Treble acid embossing White acid toning and silver-staining in kiln fired…

By David Smith

July 15, 2010