I get asked every so often what I actually do for work, and this is a good example of what I do. I work at a shop that does vehicle graphics and signage of pretty much whatever needs to be done. (can't digitally print for exterior ... but that is a logistics problem ... not enough customers to justify $30k in equipment) but i digress.
One of our biggest sources of revenue is from truckers ... US law dictates that any big rig that hauls commercially needs to have signs on the truck (name of company, some of the registered #'s like vin and dot's, and truck #) while this is about normal, We normally do 1-3 trucks a day ... most of the time it's just text but sometimes a customer comes in with a scratch pad that looks like the following ..
Now, while what I uploaded was something that was transcribed from a napkin, the idea is the same ... customer is looking for something pretty specific. Since his truck was in transit from the man he bought it from and since i knew clipart and pre-made fonts wouldn't cut it on this one ... i suggested i do something custom and that he would get some interesting results. After a short time I came up with the following components
All hand drawn and following a few guidelines the customer wanted for his graphics on his truck. After some cleanup, Some Vectoring and of course some tweaking for consistency ... Came up with the following for proofs
Customer ended up liking the tilted skull with the offset lettering and incidentally with the light green and purple vinyl for his dark green truck ... so just to make sure i did a few more tweaks and some color combinations and i ended up with the following.
At this point all his other signage was also added for continuity and to make sure that the font for the rest fit with the logo I made. Still liked the green/purple so on install day those colors were cut.
Took 2 hours to cut/weed/mask/prep surfaces/install the graphics. In the end the results looked great.
While not the most Artistically relevant work I have done ... still required multiple hours of work to make the customer happy and have a good end result.. Atleast 3 jobs a week come through the shop needing this sort of treatment and those are the jobs that are the most rewarding ...