Stage 5 Apprentice Projects
Meet the graduates of the
Queensland School of Printing and Graphic Arts, Southbank College of
The Teachers: Denis Thompson,
Damien Maiden, Kelsey Duncan and David Fisher (Tutor) and
the assistance of Francis Douwes.
These students have
completed stage 5 of their formal training at the college and are in
their forth year of a four year apprenticeship in signwriting. The works
shown are electives chosen and completed by the students. All
these jobs are first attempts by the students in using the techniques
Mylinda works for
(?) in Rockhampton? on the central coast of Queensland.
The first is a brushed oil painting copied from postcard sized artwork
and is an exercise in texture and light.
The next is a backsprayed illuminated acrylic panel sprayed in
automotive acrylic lacquer using airbrush, spotting gun and spray gun.
All masking has been hand cut from either the protective masking sheet
or application tape. The blends are sprayed with clear before and after
the colour application in order to give a smooth blend and to eliminate
the possibility of damaging the blend when chamoising back before
spraying any following colours. The text effects were designed by her
works for Shannon Sign Company in Toowoomba
This first job is an exercise in gilding and illustrating, the vine
leaf/scrolls have been gilded using varigated and 23k leaf
with matte hi-lights. The illustration has been freehand shaded by
airbrush as has the background. The artwork is a composite of original
and modified "borrowed" images.
Graham's other example shown here is a backsprayed illuminated panel
sprayed in automotive acrylic lacquer using the techniques and equipment
described above in Mylinda's backsprayed description.
Tito works for Signmart in Brisbane.
The job shown here is an original design influenced by "The
Atkinson Plates", the text is in 23k leaf with matte highlights,
the colours are either stainers in oil, enamel or in the case of the
bottom panel have been sponged.
The other piece shown here is the logo used by the band Pennywise, it
has been glue chipped and gilded with a clear gilded outline around. The
whole panel has then been backed up with drop black.
Damien works for Neil Cox
Signwriters in Brisbane.
This job involves ... sandblasted area between the red panel and
outline, sponged panels, blended panels and 23k gilded primary text and
wing design with matte highlights.
The design comes originally from "The Atkinsom Plates" but has
been modified with a few embellishments.
Peter works for SmartSign in
Logan City. This job features a glue chipped central design on acid and
sandblast etched outlines, the photo was taken during production,
unfortunately the piece was broken just prior to completion.
Ben works for Signs in Motion on the Gold
Coast. The job shown here is his rendition of the logo used by his
employer, the text is 23k leaf and the panel and brush have been sponged
and stippled. The outline on the text "Quality Signmakers" was
a computer cut mask and the rest brushed freehand including the blended
To learn more about David Fisher, the staff and
Queensland School of Printing and Graphic Arts
please click here.