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Chester...Dan you were correct...he was a genious!

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by tcorn1965, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. tcorn1965

    tcorn1965 Very Active Member

    Nov 3, 2009
    I am new to these threads. I enjoy the knowledge that I have learned...I have gave what I have, experience to the members (networking/computers) This is a tough crowd, where an idiot can have more response/knowledge then someone that really cares, about this business and wanted to learn from the experienced...Oh and I read and seen the signs that Chet made as well as his biography, a genius. Dan you were right, wow Chester was the sign maker...The original!
  2. astro8

    astro8 Active Member

    May 23, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    No, no, no....I don't see Chester as either a genius or the original. He too learned and was influenced by others whom he admired. What you see in CC's work is just that, work. Calling him a genius overlooks and disregards all the hard work, sweat and study he put into his signs. It's too easy to justify our own shortcomings by saying he was 'gifted' and then go back, push print and slap some crap down on a piece of corro.

    I see flaws in his work, just as any signwriter does. It's the overall package that is outstanding. What made Chester great was his passion and curiosity, pride and his love for what he did. Waiting around for hours to photograph his work in the best light conditions is called passion and perfectionism.

    All the newbies out there (and the rest of us) would do themselves a benefit by studying or revisiting his work. If you break his designs down, they use a minimum of elements in such clever ways. He didn't use embellishment to get his signs noticed, he used colour, simple graphics and good layout. Some of his work may look familiar, but it never looks old. Simple reason is that his style has been copied (for want of a better word) so much and so often that it's become somewhat of the norm.
    If you were a signwriter back in the day and got your hands on Chesters' book, you could be forgiven for thinking that before Chester, there was nothing....his work is that good.
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2009
  3. Dave Drane

    Dave Drane Very Active Member

    Sep 24, 2003
    There are plenty of them still living. Bob Behounek from the Chicago area was one I admired also. Ray Chapman from Texas, Gary Anderson and Mike Jackson are all specialists. Some of my old books are written by J.I. Biegeleisen, Robert C. Carlson, and Ralph Gregory, and Mike Stevens. Mike Jackson still does articles for SignCraft. When one actually drew letters instead of hitting a keypads, it gave a better understanding of letter construction and a better appreciation of the talent of others.

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