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    Posted by Sticky on August 15, 2002 at 6:32 am

    I tried posting this one last Thursday, but my new all singin, all dancing mega PC has decided it’ll run my cutter and CorelDraw just fine, but XP don’t like me modem. Strange thing was I could dial up, log on and view SOME pages, but not all, and I was only getting around half of my emails through 😡 Maybe Darkangel could shed a little light (?)

    Anyway, back online now with me old PC.

    Here’s a few Mike the Sign style facts abouit the job…

    2130 individual pieces of vinyl

    9 colours

    2-3 hours design (No revisions, luckily the customer was happy with the first design

    Aprox 5 hours to cut / weed and app tape

    10 hours, 8 cups of tea, 2 Stella and 5 red bull to fit

    Thanks to Mike for the inspiration with the banner, I have used this type of thing before, but it’s amazing how many techniques you forget, or can’t quite bring to mind when you’re at the design stage.

    I’m not too sure about the pink highlights though. Looking at it now I think orange / yellow would have suited it better.

    Anyway, fire away…



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  • Steve Broughton

    August 15, 2002 at 6:49 am

    Those raindrops look dead realistic, did ya airbrush em! 😀 sorry, nice job mate really like the colours although the banners a bit too big for my tastes maybe one less return on the bottom, but what do I know, me names not Mike Brown 😛

  • Mike Brown

    August 15, 2002 at 9:31 am

    Stunning work Andy!

    I noticed the change of colour on the shadow from grey to burgundy?…sweet 😎

    Never thought of using straight black as the return colour on the banners – but I will now! 😉

    The pink is fine by me…I sometimes put a smaller white hotspot within the pink to give a hard ‘glint’ to it and this also dilutes the pink a wee bit…but it looks fine.

    I like it – a lot!

    more! more!

  • Tim Shaw

    August 15, 2002 at 4:58 pm

    Very nice job, the shading on the scrolls looks especially good.

    The only thing I would say is maybe the letter spacing on the phone number is a little to open. Other than that , a really smart looking job.

  • eddie cotter

    August 15, 2002 at 5:37 pm

    now thats what i call good!!!! 🙂

  • Andrew Blackett

    August 15, 2002 at 7:14 pm

    bloody hell 😮

    nice work that andy mate! keep em coming


  • Robert Lambie

    August 15, 2002 at 7:18 pm

    hi andy
    great job mate! looks brill.
    i know what steve means with the banner being a tad long. but all in all
    its a brilliant job. the work you have done creating the shadows in vinyl etc is great… well done!

    i bet this van took an hour or two to do eh? 😉

  • Martin Pearson

    August 15, 2002 at 11:49 pm

    Cracking job Andy, was it your design or theirs?

    My only comment would be that I dont have a clue what they do, but maybe this isn’t important.

  • Sticky

    August 16, 2002 at 6:40 am

    Good point, Martin, and there is a reason for it…

    They’re a new start-up company supplying tools, lubricants, etc. to workshops and the like, a bit like Snap-on. Originally they wanted pictures of the stuff they are selling plastering all over the van, you know the type of thing, a spanner here, a socket there, and so on…

    Then they tried getting an insurance quote, and all the brokers they tried almost doubled the premium for a vehicle that had this kind of stuff on, giving it the old ‘If someone knows what’s in there they’re more likeley to nick it’ line, hence no pics, and no clue as to what’s inside. The intention now is for them to build up a strong customer base and to hope the van gets noticed on the merits of the name alone.

    The strap line on the red band is a little hard to read in the photo, it says ‘A woman’s place is in charge’. This was their way of trying to raise a smile and break the ice with potential customers. It’s had mixed reactions so far 😀

    The rear door was a real pain. It’s got the same design on it, but it’s a roller shutter, with laths of about 65mm depth. (:)

    Oh, and when I arrived to fit the stuff, the original livery had been removed, but ALL the adhesive was left. Cue the panel wipe and elbow grease 👿


  • Lorraine Buchan

    August 16, 2002 at 9:15 am

    mmmhhhhhhhhhh I like that strap line!!

  • Mike Brown

    August 16, 2002 at 11:59 am

    Hi Lorraine!…havn’t seen you around much except on messenger late at night 😉

    What ya’ been at? – are you busy? – if so, tell us all about it…there are lots of newcomers need a warm hello!

    nice to see ya’

    more soon


  • Robert Lambie

    August 16, 2002 at 1:55 pm

    yep good to see you lorraine 😀
    hope you have been busy…. 😉

  • Jill

    August 16, 2002 at 6:27 pm

    WOW words fail me but WOW.

  • Deleted User

    Deleted User
    August 17, 2002 at 1:58 am

    Thats Awsome Thats What i call new breed of signmakers kats!!!!

    oreo 😎

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