Lobsta letteringKittery, ME and Shediac, NB, Canada

Lobster sign sketch by Chandler O'Leary

As you already know, I’m a big fan of francophone lobsters. Well, just down the street from the world’s largest homard is this lobsta joint, complete with excellent French lettering.

Lobster sign sketch by Chandler O'Leary

Not to be outdone by its Canadian cousin, New England’s got some great lobster neon, as well. In Kittery, Maine, just across the Piscataqua from Portsmouth, NH (home of that other bit of vintage nautical neon), is one of my favorite sea-creature signs. But I have to admit, I took a bit of artistic license with this one: I happen to have an old menu from Warren’s and the design of that thing puts even its own sign to shame. So I replaced certain bits of the sketch with some of my favorite elements from the menu.

(I should get my Artistic License laminated and keep it in my wallet—because I’m not afraid to use it!)

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Comments (1)

  1. Nina

    Hello Chandler,
    I’ve got to say, I love your watercolor art!
    Where do you take the patience to wait until the coat of colour has dried before you apply the next?
    I wish I wasn’t so unpatient. But your art inspires me to work on my own skills, so thanks for that 🙂
    By the way: a couple years ago we had a giant plastic pig tied to the ground next to a gas station on my way to work. Sure you would have liked it 🙂
    All the best from Germany

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