Posts Tagged ‘skateboard’

Skateboard portraits

April 13, 2020

At first I found it hard getting the creative juices flowing during the first few weeks of quarantine. But now that I’m able to enjoy some days of Easter holidays, I have finally found the time to start a project that’s been on my ‘to draw list’ for ages… decorating skateboards.

It was the death of Bill Withers that has got me started. I used my Posca markers but I only had a white and black one available, so I’m not quite satisfied with the white-looking version of Bill. The day after I drew E, using the skateboard background as skintone. A few days later I decided to draw Amy Winehouse (someone pointed out to me that I always draw men and I don’t know why but I guess there is some truth to it, so I had to prove him wrong :-). In the meantime some extra Posca markers have arrived but skintonewise I had to make do with a white one and one light orange, but I discovered that you can also add water and work with a pencil on the Posca ‘paint’.

Here’s my favourite Amy song (that I partially wrote on the skateboard)

I hope everyone is safe and sane out there and I truly hope everyone has got someone to lean on.

rip Bill Withers.

spotted: Jeremy Fish

April 11, 2012

I’ve already included some of his work in my post on skate and snowboard design, but his art beholds more than clean prints on shiny snowboards. Therefore, I present to you: Jeremy Fisher, a crazy bearded guy from San Francisco who works as a fine artist (exhibiting internationally) and a commercial illustrator (he’s done numerous collaborations with skating and clothing companies, he’s designed for Nike and worked with Aesop Rock amongst others and he also designs viynl toys, album covers, murals,…). Whoever is interested in scoring a gadget, have a look at his online store umbrellamarket on his website sillypinkbunnies you can see the material of all his art shows.

He has a very recognisable style starring lots of animals (bunnies, beavers, badgers, turtles) and symbols (skulls, hearts, cars, birds, daggers and dudes), which he calls his “library of characters and symbols”. But his work is also characterized by detailed patterns, clearcut colourful lines and – you could call it – ‘esherlike’ dualities and transformations. Some say his images balance between cute and creepy and I think that’s what makes them all the more attractive.

At first sight I thought his art was vector-based, but now that I’ve learnt his art is handmade, often painted on wooden canvasses, I admire him even more. And I’m all the more intrigued now that I know that his art is often based upon American folk tales. Because, as a language teacher, I’m highly interested in folktales. And as a matter of fact, I’m waiting for my dad to edit some more tales for me to illustrate, so dad, get to work!

Have a look in his studio.

One thing I don’t like is his American accent 🙂

Or watch him create a gigantic ‘in the woods’ mural

So nice!