A new, original color poster, featuring original artist drawings of Hamilton County businesses will soon be debuting. The poster is a collaborative effort between the Daily Freeman-Journal and the Chamber of Commerce.
Shawn Moran, a graduate of Webster City High School, is the artist creating the distinctive looks for the map. The full-color drawings of businesses will be compiled into a montage, showcasing the many diverse and interesting businesses in throughout the county.
"I'm really excited to be doing a project like this in Webster City. This is my hometown and my family still lives here. I still know a lot of people here," Moran said.
Artist Shawn Moran, center, confers with Cory Bargfrede, right, Daily Freeman-Journal advertising manager, and Josh Lovelace, advertising representative. Moran will create drawings of each of the businesses included in the Hamilton County poster.
"He's lived here 18 years so his local knowledge is really a benefit to this project," said Cory Bargfrede, Daily Freeman-Journal advertising manager.
Moran studied graphic design and works in that field full-time. The Hamilton County project is part of his freelance business, Moran said.
"I started freelancing right out of school," he said. "I've always been drawing since I was really young. I love what I do everyday."
Any Hamilton County business can be included on the poster, Bargfrede said. A front-view and side-view photo of the building will be taken and submitted to the artist, who will then hand sketch the building. Moran will create a computer rendering of the business, adding color and texture to the drawing.
Bargfrede said the drawing of each building will be unique and but said business owners need not be bound by the walls of their building. Some businesses may choose to use a drawing of a delivery vehicle instead of a storefront, an icon representing their industry or another type of graphic.
"This project is a lot of fun," said Carrie Fitzgerald, Webster City Chamber of Commerce executive director. "It's something that will be eye-catching in the stores and an it's opportunity have some animation in the businesses."
Bargfrede said the poster will be a fun and novel way to showcase businesses.
"It's a nice piece for people to see in the local businesses and it gets those people talking about it," Bargfrede said.
"The best part is it's being done locally, which we endorse. We like to see the dollars produced here spent in here."
Any business owner who wishes to have their business included on the poster can contact Bargfrede or Josh Lovelace at 832-4350.
A limited number of copies available to the public at the Chamber of Commerce office, according to Bargfrede.