Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Skateboard for On Deck 7: Progress 5 It's Aliiiiive!!!

I've finished the skateboard for On Deck VII, and here he is. I still have to attach the hanging hardware, package him up and send him off, but the creative part is complete.

I've decided to call it Bruce after the shark in the movie Jaws. I haven't decided whether the brusher's name is Bruce or the brushee, and I don't think I will.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Skateboard for On Deck 7: Progress 3

I was a little stuck on what color (or colors) to make the toothbrush, so I started mixing colors I was already using and came up with this purple.

I'm not sure if I like it yet or not. It's a nice contrast to the yellow shirt, but something feels a little off for me. Not sure what. I do need it to be darkish so when I add the lighter bubbles later they'll show up against the dark background.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Skateboard for On Deck 7: Progress 2 AKA "The Great White Turd"

I've made a little more progress on my On Deck skateboard for the Montana Skatepark Association's charity auction.

I wasn't completely sure what colors I wanted to use for the toothbrusher's clothes except maybe that he should be wearing jeans. I grabbed some of the dark purplish blue I had used for inside the mouth and added a little white and Unbleached Titanium to lighten it up.

His shirt ended up yellow, and I'm thinking it's just because sometimes I tend to think in a primary color scheme.

The hardest part for me is always mixing a convincing flesh tone along with shades of it that don't make it look dirty. I started his skin, but then let it sit for a couple of days before I finished it. Just a little bit of nervousness about it, I think.

By the way, a few little pieces of trivia...

You may have known that the crew on the set of the movie Jaws referred to the three mechanical sharks they used as "Bruce," but did you know that Steven Spielberg named it after his attorney? Also (from IMDB):

"In addition to the well-known nickname of "Bruce", Steven Spielberg also called the shark "the great white turd" when he really got frustrated with the troublesome animatronic fish."

Bruce is also the name of the Great White in Finding Nemo.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Skateboard for On Deck 7: Progress 1

The Fed Ex man delivered my skateboard safe and sound-like at my door for the On Deck 7 charity auction happening in May. The deck is due back in Missoula by April 1, so I decided it might be a good idea to get this puppy rolling.

First I sanded off the finish, filled in the holes I wouldn't be using for hanging, and then I primed it. Once the gesso dried I transferred the sketch on over.

I painted inside the mouth first, and decided to use Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Alizarin Crimson and Crimson on this part. I'll also use these on other parts of the board, along with Yellow Oxide, Unbleached Titanium and Titanium White. I'm also using some Burnt Umber to mix with the Ultramarine to make black when I need to.

I honestly can't remember what was going on when I came up with the idea for this one, but I can say I've spent the last couple of weeks enduring yet another root canal. Not sure, but I may have dental work on my mind.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Skateboard sketch for On Deck 7

I had this idea to paint on a skateboard even before the Montana Skatepark Association said they wanted me to paint one of theirs. I finally got the sketch finished after weeks of just thinking about it.

The next step will be sanding off the finish on the deck, filling in the holes I don't need, priming the board and buying the hanging hardware. Not the most glamorous part of the job, but all necessary.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Montana Skatepark On Deck 7

2011 Deck
The Montana Skatepark Association has emailed to let me know I'll be painting them another skateboard for their seventh On Deck exhibit!

How it works:

Montana Skatepark gets blank skateboards that didn't quite pass the flawlessness inspection test and sends them off to artists to do with as they wish. After the artist is finished doing what they wish, the board gets sent back to Missoula and is exhibited and auctioned off, online and in person. Proceeds go toward building free skateparks in Montana.

I was able to participate last year, and I blogged the progress of my deck painting along the way. I already have an idea for this year's board, and I'll post the sketch for it as soon as it gets out of my head and onto some paper.

Friday, March 02, 2012

I've caved. I'm on Pinterest. #caved

Alright. So I gave in and joined another social networking site. This time it's Pinterest. One just leads to another and then to another and so on and so forth.

The first thing to do is adjust to the new landscape. Learn the lingo. Start pinning your favorites. Start following other people and their boards. Start repinning what they've pinned. It's all a mad spiral.

I've got a board on there just for The Rots, and here it is. It's not much yet, but give it time. It'll get there.

And so it goes.