Tell us a little about yourself ~
Among my several aliases, my given name is Ken Davis. I am a Native son of the San Francisco Bay Area and for the past 11 years, I’ve been pursuing a path of professional hand lettering and illustration with a heavy emphasis on the craft of sign painting.
What do you like about your medium ~
I appreciate that lettering art when created from your true Self and not derived from outside sources of instant gratification can read with a graphic rhythm that pleases the eye in ways that a well crafted original song can please the ears. But furthermore, I appreciate sign painting because it engages people in conscious and subconscious communication. A good sign shows that you care and will attract people who also care. The skill of sign painting can also be used to level the playing field between Soulless corporate death cult entities and small businesses by an individual creating a stronger presence and draw through hand designed and painted signs than the draw from a instant corporate design that’s been stripped of all personality and life by boardroom revisions and vector magic programs.
What is the most challenging part about your medium ~
The human element of imperfection can be the most challenging to me in the sense of deciding when to walk the line between a human error and leaving the human touch intact. It’s important to leave some sort of imperfection. After all, imperfections are signs of life but too many imperfections are just carelessness.
What is your process like ~
My process varies depending on the demands of the project though I’ve found in my time doing this for a living that balance is essential for me to create. Therefore, I now try to make room for just as much time away from projects as I spend on them. I’ve found that when I can actually do this, I create work that I can truly stand behind and I have less of a reliance on formula and old tricks that become played out and bastardized by outside content harvesters.
Sources of Inspiration ~
There is a short list of people and elements around me that provide constant inspiration. I’d say that those who when faced with the seduction of mass popularity and large monetary gain at the sacrifice of their own humanity, turn their head and walk their own creative path without compromise oftentimes back into obscurity are those that I look up to.
Website: ~ Instagram : @CoolHandKen