Sooo, I had a chance to work with known San Diegan chalkboard artist, Ben Dehart. He creates chalkboard art/menu designs for bars, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, etc. Unfortunately for me… I bombed during his chalkboard test! I was given the choice between three logos to recreate on his chalkboard wall. I chose, for some reason, a text-heavy design. So I’m more of an illustration guy, not typographic dude… sheesh. I also thought I’d “go big” & use much of his wall. Realizing, in retrospect, that much of his menu board work is done on a more… 18″x 24″ scale. So, in the 15 minute time-frame, I chose to draw out this huge typographic logo. Nice going, Jason. Needless to say, I did not finish, & it looked rather sketchy.
But leading up to this interview I was all-in, immersing myself in the chalk arts. I bought expensive, professional soft-pastels (as opposed to oil pastels). I got a chalkboard, & started practicing. I did a mock-up for the local bar, JT’s, which I realized after, has the wrong happy-hour information on it, nice going again. I got chalk dust everywhere! On the carpet, on my clothes, all over me, on the couch, on the coffee table. A couple times, I blew chalk dust off the board, only to have it fly in my face & in my eyes. I could taste the chalkiness in my mouth!… in my mouth!!! Then I noticed something rather peculiar in tiny lettering… fine print, if you will, on the box of expensive pastels, & on each individual pastel that I bought:
“WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer.”
Sweet bro, brochacho… brochachilo… is what I thought to myself. But, alas, I’m sure it refers to exposure over time… not just for a couple weeks leading up to the interview… yeah, that’s it.
I’ve googled professional chalkboard artists/graphic designers since & I’ve found they use cheap, regular ole’, non-toxic, classroom chalk to create their work. Works by Dana Tanamachi out of Brooklyn, & Valerie McKeehan have awesome pieces. Pinterest, YouTube, Vimeo, Google them. They are pretty awesome.
Anyway, these pics represent a few of the finished chalk art pieces I had been practicing… I also incidentally, did practice the regular writing of lists, like say for a listing of beer, or ingredients… if you were wondering… which I know you were.