Will Sears – Better Letter Hand Painted Signs

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Will Sears is putting out some beautifully hand painted signs from his studio workshop in Portland. He uses traditional hand painting techniques with custom lettering that give a nod to the earlier masters of the trade.  Fresh or reclaimed wood from torn down barns and other sources end up being the canvas for Will’s designs, depending on the look the client is going for.
The painted signs of years past on Maine buildings and trips out to San Francisco over the past few years has fueled his hunger wanting to paint signs with more style and finesse.
With a DIY approach to the craft of sign painting brought on by his background in skateboarding, graffiti, and being in bands, Will has worked and taught himself traditional techniques like pouncing, which is where the paper is perforated with a spiked wheel and then charcoal powder is rubbed into the holes to transfer the outline.
Even with the impressive body of work he has produced, he still sees himself as a humble servant of the tradition. If you’re at all familiar with OXBOW, Eventide, or El Rayo, then you’ve already seen Will’s letter and sign painting around. Better Letter Hand Painted Signs.

Here’s some photos from a recent studio visit with Will Sears and Better Letter Hand Painted Signs.

Stencil prep.
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Fonts all day long….
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better letter hand painted signs
better letter hand painted signs

Tools of the trade…
better letter hand painted signs
better letter hand painted signs

Hand crafted with a steady hand. Will uses the traditional method of pouncing to lay down a stencil with charcoal powder.
better letter hand painted signs
better letter hand painted signs
better letter hand painted signs
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will sears
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better letter hand painted signs

Will’s got tons of these Absolutely hand painted signs around his shop.
better letter hand painted signs
better letter hand painted signs

Gun stock.
better letter hand painted signs

Check out Will’s sign painting at betterletterhandpaintedsigns.com.
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4 Responses to Will Sears – Better Letter Hand Painted Signs

  1. Maria January 23, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    This is so awesome! I love how humble he is and his work is AMAZING! I love that there are still people doing this kind of a craft. Thanks for sharing.

    • admin January 24, 2013 at 6:44 am #

      Yes, Will does amazing graphic work and is very down to Earth.

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