Frontier Steak House Sketch

A hand draw pen and ink sketchEvery sketch was done by hand using the pencil or pen and markers in the days before computer drawing programs.

This building is one of the oldest in the Rancho Cucamonga area. It was home to one of the first wineries in Cucamonga and owned by Tiburcio Tapia, a local businessman. A lot of history is associated with this building.

Laura Baker, from Frontier Restaurants called me and asked if I had a portfolio that I could show her and I asked her to come down to the shop to see the work I had displayed. After she walked in she said that I was the one they were looking for.

This restaurant was part of the Knowlwood and Russell Restaurant chain and the first of their restaurants in the Inland Empire, Rancho Cucamonga to be exact.

Mike Rhodes gave me the opportunity to do the sign design and sign painting for the interior and exterior of this building. There were a lot of interior directional signs and wall murals. There were exterior signs that had to be done and most of them were hand lettered, including an old wine barrel that was out front. I also designed the table mats for print and the menus. It was great to be involved in the research and production of the signs for this establishment.