sign painters


I love year 8 fics, where they’re figuring out the people they’re going to be after the war, but still stuck in hogwarts making up for the disrupted (or skipped) year 7. 

And if those fics have hurt/comfort dealing with the aftermath of, well, of everything, then I am 10000% there for that. 

cool paintings for the signs (based on the painters’ actual sign)

ARIES: Marcel Duchamp, Yvonne And Magdeleine Torn In Tatters (1911)

TAURUS: Willem de Kooning, Abstraction (1950)

GEMINI: Rachel Ruysch, Still-Life With Flowers (1716)

CANCER: James McNeill Whistler, Nocturne In Black And Gold – The Falling Rocket (1875)

LEO: Alphonse Mucha, Prophetess (1896)

VIRGO: Evelyn De Morgan, Port After Stormy Seas (1905)

LIBRA: Marguerite Zorach, Two Cats

SCORPIO: Francis Bacon, Lying Figure (1969)

SAGITTARIUS: Diego Rivera, Landscape With Cacti (1931)

CAPRICORN: Berthe Morisot, The Harbor At Lorient (1869)

AQUARIUS: Grant Wood, The Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere (1931)

PISCES: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Landscape With Snow (1875)

my other art post

Famous writers and painters for every zodiac sign
  • Aries: Pablo Picasso and Gabriel García Márquez.
  • Taurus: Vincent van Gogh and Miguel de Cervantes.
  • Gemini: Ernest Hemingway and Rembrandt.
  • Cancer: Leonardo da Vinci and Jorge Luis Borges.
  • Leo: Miguel Ángel Buonarroti and William Shakespeare.
  • Virgo: Frida Kahlo and Charles Dickens.
  • Libra: Francisco de Goya and Edgar Allan Poe.
  • Scorpio: Joan Miró and Oscar Wilde.
  • Sagittarius: Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Victor Hugo.
  • Capricorn: Salvador Dalí and J. R. R. Tolkien.
  • Aquarius: Caravaggio and Truman Capote.
  • Pisces: Paul Cézanne and Franz Kafka.


As you might have heard, VANS is not only heading down to this year’s Babes Ride Out West Coast event, but also contributing blank decks for all the BRO Artists to customize!  Born in Warsaw, Poland, Long Beach based artist Alicja Polachek’s artwork centers primarily around her love and interest in lettering, typography and sign painting. Working mainly in gold leaf, glass and paints, Polachek enjoys combining non-traditional materials into her works to give it a modern twist. We’re absolutely loving her gilded painted board and chat with her to find out more about what inspires her and how she came up with her customized board for this year’s BRO West Coast event.  

Photographs courtesy of the artist. | Interview by Anya Violet

Keep reading

Object ID: 2013.11.6.1

Object Name: W.Stanciell_1

Mr. Walter Stanciell, a Yates High School alum, was trained in the Yates Vocational program as a commercial artist, working under the tutelage of instructor Julius C. Putney. Since the 1970’s to the present day, Mr. Stanciell’s paintings have helped to promote the businesses of the Third Ward, as well as add to the area’s visual appeal. There are not many like him left. So, in the coming months Unity Foto Bank will try to highlight some of the works of Third Ward TX’s talented group of sign painters!

Now on view: Zoe Leonard: Analogue, a photo project a decade in the making. Analogue documents, in 412 color and black-and-white photographs, the texture of 20th-century urban life as seen in little bodegas, mom-and-pop stores with decaying facades and quirky handwritten signs, and shop windows displaying a mixed assortment of products. 

[Zoe Leonard. Chapter 17 from Analogue. 1998–2009. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2015 Zoe Leonard]


NOWNESS Presents - Shorts on Sundays: Sign Painters


“Magnus. Is that… is that Greco-Roman in nature?“

Had some downtime at work, decided to have some fun, then got a little carried away when I brought it home… It was fun to show my coworkers how I illustrate in Animate, though!

Truth be told, “Magnus“ as a name is MUCH more Roman than Greco, but I uh like drawing ancient greek stuff more. The Chance Lance’s design is based off of decorative palmettes found in Greek pottery. He’s in hoplite armor with a raven on the leather cuirass to symbolize his hometown. Spoilers abound on his Shield of Heroic Memories, beware! The greek lettering says MAGNUS and ZOE MEGRAPHSEN (”Zoe drew me,” it’s how pottery painters signed their work. I am a massive nerd.)

The signs as painters

Aries: Leonardo da Vinci

Taurus: Jean-Léon Gérôme

Gemini: Gustave Courbet

Cancer: Artemisia Gentileschi

Leo: Peder Severin Krøyer

Virgo: Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Libra: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

Scorpio: Claude Monet

Sagittarius: Marie-Guillemine Benoist

Capricorn: John Singer Sargent

Aquarius: Anna Boch

Pisces: Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni

Dionysus, holding a kantharos, with his son Oenopion.  Detail from an Attic black-figure amphora, signed by the painter-potter Exekias; ca. 540-530 BCE.  Found at Vulci; now in the British Museum.  Photo credit:  © Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons.

The Signs Artists Matches
  • Aries: Vincent Van Gogh
  • Taurus: Salvador Dali
  • Gemini: Violet Oakley
  • Cancer: Frida Kahlo
  • Leo: Andy Warhol
  • Virgo: Grandma Moses
  • Libra: Caravaggio
  • Scorpio: Claude Monet
  • Sagittarius: Edvard Munch
  • Capricorn: Henri Matisse
  • Aquarius: Jackson Pollock
  • Pisces: Michelangelo

June 13, 2017


by Levi Ponce

Born to a sign painter and a seamstress, Levi Ponce says he started painting with his father when he was only three, and he’s been studying art in some form since childhood. In 2009 he began to paint and organize murals along Van Nuys Blvd. in his childhood neighborhood of Pacoima, and as the project—which eventually became known as Mural Mile—was quickly embraced by the community, within a year he found himself with more than 100 volunteer helpers. Explaining this 2013 mural at Lev Ave. and Van Nuys Blvd., Ponce told Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles  “Most people in the East San Fernando valley have little or no access to museums.” Pacoima can’t fly around the world to see Vermeer’s masterpiece, “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” so he decided to swap out the earring for something more culturally relevant and bring the girl to Pacoima.  @leviponce