As much as I drive around and shoot reference material for my signs, I just can't get them all. That's why I love the fact that friends ( some I've never even met in real life ) are happy to share their pictures with me. 

I add my own hand into the painting, but it's important for me to start with a great shot so that I can understand the workings of the original sign. I also try to avoid the exact same image as the photographer so that each of us has our own version. In the end, I am so grateful for these guys for sharing! Here's a couple samples of the reference photo and the end result—

Thank you, thank you to these guys—and check them out > @signmonger, @dpkessler, @marc_wierenga, @martingisborne, @stubydog @ballardviking