Sunday, May 28, 2006

Pages Books Signboard

A while back I posted an entry on a window display I did for Pages Bookstore in Toronto over the winter. Shortly afterwards, I was asked by owner Marc Glassman if I wanted to design a sandwich board for them. Having really enjoyed the experience of painting the large pieces for the window display, I said yes on the condition that I got to paint the final boards myself, rather than having them fabricated or painted by someone else.

Below are some sketches and photos showing the progress from rough idea to completed signboards.


After a few initial thumbnails, this was the final colour sketch I drew up for the 2 sides of the signboard. Originally, I was hoping to find some way to have the top of the heads protude above the sign, but that proved unfeasable.


Here they are in progress at the studio. The boards were just over 4 feet tall by 2 and 1/2 feet wide, and I painted them in acrylics.


And an installed view of the final boards. Not much difference from sketch to final, just a few minor tweaks here and there on the images.

17 comments:

lwongphoto said...

Cool! so was the store's log and type put on later in vinyl which someone else did? or did you order that from a sign maker with a plotter, then you adhered the vinyl on?

Frannie said...

No one does quiet, pensive two-tone like you can! I'll be happy to see these everytime I walk along Queen Street West.

m cho said...

Thanks, you two!

Leland: the logo and type were vinyl cut at the shop and then stuck on by me after I had finished painting it all. Then I varnished the hell out of the whole thing.

Mike Thompson said...

Really sharp work, Michael.

trophiogrande said...

those are amazing!

Don Van Horn said...

That's very cool Mike. I remember making a special trip to Pages just to check out your paintings. I believe it was after I commissioned the "Destroy All Robots" piece and right before I met you for the first time. That's one lucky store owner.

rls said...
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rls said...

Smashing job, Michael. I love the lighting and composition in those two pieces. Like Frannie said, very quiet and contemplative.

Character malfunction said...

I love your art, man.

STOVEPIPE.NET said...

They better lock those things down before some lowlife walks off with a couple of Michael Cho originals.

Jakob Westman said...

That's incredibly beautiful! I'm constantly in awe of your ability to build volumes with just two tones and no outlines. Love it!!

Alina Chau said...

Love the design style!

Jeff Durham said...

Outstanding piece. I bet it's pretty effective as a customer draw, too.

m cho said...

Thanks again, everyone, for all the nice words!

Noel said...

I'll probably start walking along Queen St. W. again. Great work, Mike!

Scott Mooney said...

Yup, I walked by these sandwich boards on Sunday and exclaimed "Hey, this is that cool bookstore and I think Michel Cho Drew these!... and there's his sig at the bottom!"

unbemerkt said...

wow, i would like to have one of these in front of my bookshop.

if i had a bookshop, of course. ;)
beautiful!!