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Signwriting – Camera Obscura animated

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Oct 162014


This signwriting project is an 8ft x 10ft illustrated facade of portable Camera Obscura, to be sited on Hastings Stade in East Sussex. Camera Obscura made by www.amazingcameraobscura.co.uk

Signwriting of Camera Obscura was recorded over weeks to make this simple stop frame slideshow.

Camera Obscura signwriting completed!

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Oct 062014
The signwriting of the Camera Obscura is complete.

Dipping into the paint over a period of a few weeks and the sign gradually takes shape. Background colours are applied using water based paints prior to adding outlines, text and details. The sign is finished with two coats of varnish. Details include a fishing boat and net sheds  unique to Hastings.

Awaiting delivery to amazingcameraobscura.co.uk for installation on Hastings Stade seafront.


camera obscura sign

Camera Obscura design and signwriting – stage 3

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Jul 142014
Transferring the design to the sign.

By fitting the design into a grid of 20 x 10 I can work out the correct size to transfer to the wood in the workshop.  The design is scaled up and pencil-drawn onto a sheet of primed and undercoated high quality 12mm plywood. Once the design is fully drawn I can cut the profile of the sign using an electric jigsaw. All bare edges are then sanded, primed and undercoated. Prior to starting painting the entire surface is given a light sanding and a second undercoat wash to ensure a smooth surface. The next stage is to attach 2 x 2 square battens to the reverse of the sign in order for it to be later bolted to the front of the Camera Obscura doorway by www.amazingcameraobscura.co.uk


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Camera Obscura, signwriting, design

Camera Obscura signwriting design

Camera Obscura signwriting build

Portraits – a unique gift

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Jun 032014
This is how it works…

You have someone special in your life with a birthday coming up, so you want to give them something special to mark the occasion – something unique and personal. Here’s what you do.

Dig out a few photographs of them. Tell me their likes and dislikes, their passions and their hates. Favourite music? Art? Colour? Things from their past that make them who they are today. Funny things, secret things, anything. I’ll take all this information and put it together in a portrait that will really say something to them and you..

It takes up to 3 days of research, design, drawing and digital artwork to complete a portrait and then it’s printed onto quality Cartridge paper, mounted and framed.

How much does it cost? You tell me how much you think it’s worth.

If you’re interested do get in touch by email at antonyashtonart@gmail.com or on Twitter and please like me on Facebook.

framed portrait

Camera Obscura stage 2

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Jun 022014

Stage 2 of the camera obscura design and signwriting project is to add colour to the line sketch. The final colours, when painted, will change but this is a useful guide and brings the design to life. The next stage is to order the wood and buy materials to construct the facade – out of the studio and into the workshop at www.igloostructures.co.uk

If you still don’t know what a Camera Obscura is, check out www.amazingcameraobscura.co.uk to find out more about a Scientific Marvel and a Wonder of Nature!



Camera Obscura colour sketch

Book cover design

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May 222014

Hot off the Press! Cover design and inner illustrations by @antonyashtonart

English/Norwegian language textbook, published by #Gyldendal Norsk


Camera Obscura

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May 202014

Just starting a new facade design for Willett’s Amazing Camera Obscura. A new Camera Obscura to be sited on Hastings seafront. I’ll record the making of it – watch this space. Meanwhile here’s another pic. Check out www.amazingcameraobscura for more info about Mr.Willett and his Scientific Marvel!


Glastonbury 2014

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May 192014

Check out Willetts Amazing Camera Obscura @Glastonbury 2014. Facade designed and painted by @antonyashtonart Find Mr Willett in Green Kids.

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