Incredible Evil Dead 2 Skate deck Art

If you’re an Evil Dead fan or you liked Ash Vs Evil Dead you won’t wanna miss this – Hail to the king baby!

Bruce Cambell is one of my favourite actors and Evil Dead 2 is a cult classic, so for a fun project I decided to paint Ash Williams and Deadite Ash end-to-end on a skate deck.

This board is for sale – US$650, worldwide shipping available! Email hello(at)fieldey.com or visit http://www.fieldey.com/contact.html to leave a message.

Music: “T for Terror” by Los Plantronics

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The first step to becoming an artist


We all know that art is a crowded space – everyone wants to be an artist and make a living out of it. It can be hard to find your own space and style, but I reckon it’s the most important first step. You need to have something that you can show people that is genuinely yours – something that is a little different to everything else out there, that is a little piece of your soul.

I recently had an email from Kassy, an up-coming artist from the Sunshine Coast, who asked if I could help her on her journey to becoming an artist. We had a chat over the phone, and she told me that she was desperate to achieve her dream of being an artist and had tried a whole bunch of ideas… and when they didn’t work out she’d switch and try something else in the hopes that it would be successful. She’d become disillusioned and art wasn’t much fun for her anymore since she was always thinking about who would buy it or what would be popular. She’d imagined from watching my videos that I’d always known what I was doing and that I’d planned my whole career. The truth was her story was eerily similar to mine.

I’d wanted to be an artist my whole life and teenage me wanted to be an equine artist and paint horses, when I realised that wasn’t going to be a goer, I studied graphic design when I finished school. Five years later I was working as a designer in London and I had the idea of customising vintage clothing with hand painted patches and making my own jewellery… that never got off the ground so I went back to design.

A couple of years after that I decided I was going to make ink drawings of cows and chickens with funny sayings and I’d send them to greeting card companies… I sent them away to greeting card companies and they turned me down… I continued on with Graphic design.

Over time I gave up on my dream to become an artist because I couldn’t figure out what kind of artist I was going to be… What would sell? How would I make a living? With an infinite array of possibilities I was paralysed by indecision and no would take me seriously because all my stuff was all over the place so I just gave up.

Life can be funny sometimes though, after I had given up, I took up surfing for something to do and to offset some of the frustration I was feeling in my day job. About 6 months into it I bought myself a sexy new surfboard and decided to paint it, because, I was after all, someone who dabbled in art now and again. I researched the process, painted that board and put it on YouTube so that other people could paint their own boards… and that was the moment that Fieldey the artist was born!

 

 

I’ll go a bit deeper into how it all worked out in other episodes, but suffice to say I never in a million years thought I’d be a surfboard artist, but that was a magic element that I needed to craft my own style: the surfboards created a set of guidelines and limits for me to work within: long and skinny, I borrowed a genre that I liked: old school tattoo, that because I was new to acrylic painting would be easy for me to do (big bold outlines) and then I injected that magic ‘X’ element: my own weird self and punny sense of humour.  

Painted surfboards wasn’t a massively big scene, compared to say, hyper realistic pencil drawings, and people hadn’t seen many surfboards painted with old-school tattoo motifs like that. The canvas was unusual but the style was familiar… and that combination right there was my niche. I worked at this niche, developing my technique and style for another year until I felt I was good enough.

My advice to Kassy, was to dial it all right back to the beginning… to ignore thoughts about what was popular, or would sell, and go back to the kind of artmaking that bought her joy. To spend 6 months exploring, drawing every day and being open to things that interested and inspired her, working on and perfecting her technique. Once she found her own set of guidelines to follow, it would be time to develop her craft and style and try to be the best creator of that style around.

As an artist anything could be your inspiration – you have to open yourself right up to the world and sometimes what you are looking for will come at you from leftfield, so it’s your job to have your blinkers off so you’re open to it.

This Vlog is part of my new series of videos; Artist Insider. Through this series I’ll be telling my own story about how I became a full time artist, as well as sharing what I’ve learnt on my journey and tips for up and coming and emerging artists.

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The best street art mural I’ve painted

“Paint the best wall mural you’ve ever painted…” This was my brief from Andrew and Sue at Santa Fe Restaurant in Subiaco, Perth. After 8 days of painting and pushing myself to the max, I managed to produce the best mural I’ve painted to date… but not without some hiccups along the way which you can hear more about in this vlog! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIOcl…

Frida Kahlo street art Mural

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist who had a famously tragic life – from having Polio as a child, to being impaled by a tram in an accident when she was 18, which led to multiple spinal operations. She is one of my favourite artists and when Sue and Andrew asked me to paint the inside of iconic Santa Fe restaurant, I jumped at the chance to paint a tribute to Frida and her relationship with her on-and-off-again husband, Diego Rivera whom she affectionately called her “toad-frog”.

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Apart from being a famous muralist, Diego was a well known womaniser and their relationship was famously tumultuous; a thrilling story of adultery, bisexuality and general disfunction. They divorced in 1939 and then remarried again the next year.

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The structure of the mural is loosely based on one of my favourite paintings of hers, Las Dos Fridas (The Two Fridas) which shows two “Fridas” sitting side by side, with exposed hearts linked together with blood vessels. She painted it shortly after her divorce from Diego in 1939 and it records her emotions surrounding the crisis.

In Santa Fe, Frida is in the main room, with her beloved, ‘toad-frog’, Diego, in the next room. Though they aren’t looking directly at each other, they’re linked by their hearts which are each looking for the other. It’s both a tribute to their own relationship, but also more generally, a comment about the bonds of love and relationships.

Thank you to:

Andrew and Sue from Santa Fe Perth, Olivia for her awesome filming and painting, Mitch and Matt for being my most excellent minions and photographers!

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Fear, loathing and the creative process

We artists always make creating look so easy don’t we? Well I’m going to be lifting the curtain and show you what we try to hide by introducing you to my pet boogey man: THE FEAR.

In my very first vlog I’m hoping to reach out to other artists, aspiring creatives and anyone who enjoys getting mucky with art, music or words to discuss the dark side of creating and a very personal revelation that I had this year.

Over the last few years that I’ve been painting I’ve noticed a weird pattern emerging – I’ll start a painting in the morning, get caught up in it and have a blast painting it, then look back at what I’ve done in the afternoon and all but burst into tears and cry: IT’S SH*T! I HATE IT! I SUCK AT PAINTING! WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH MY LIFE???

Over time I’ve learnt that it means that I’m over-tired, too close to the work and it’s time to take a break. I’ll normally down tools for the day and get my partner Mitch to take a look and reassure me that I haven’t just painted a giant poop. The next morning when I come back to it and look at it with fresh eyes I can’t remember what I was carrying on about the day before because it looks fine!

It doesn’t happen every single time, but it happens enough that I’ve given it a special name: THE FEAR. It’s always a little bit distressing when it happens but I’ve realised that it always passes.

I had a big breakthrough a month ago when my friend Ara lent me a book by Elizabeth Gilbert called Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear. She talks about a concept called the Emotional Patterns of Creativity… basically the stages you pass through on your creative journey. I recognised at that point, rather than being a negative thing, THE FEAR is an important part of my creative process and that if I’m feeling it, it means I’m emotionally invested in what I’m painting and I’m thinking critically about what I produce.

I may not have conquered THE FEAR, and I probably never will, however I’m happy to live with it if it means I’m always trying to outdo myself and grow as an artist!

If you have any ideas or questions you’d like answered for future Artist Insider Vlogs, leave a comment below.

Artist Insider Vlogs are a series targeted towards aspiring and emerging artists and creatives. I’ll be discussing my story of how I became an artist and giving you tips and ideas that may help you on your artists’ journey. Subscribe to Fieldey TV https://www.youtube.com/user/FieldeyC… so you don’t miss a thing!

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How to outline your art like a pro!

I’m giving away all my signature Fieldey outlining tricks in this episode! Join me and zombie Betty Page to learn which brushes, paint and markers to use to create perfect outlines for your art.

I’ll take you through the type of brushes I use to create my outlines (sable round brushes) and the type of paint I use (Golden Acrylics Flow Carbon Black). I’ll then show you some tips and tricks for making your outlines sing and your artwork pop using line widths and brush techniques.

If you have any ideas for further Mad Skillz Masterclasses, leave a comment below. Also, if you followed this technique and you’re on Instagram I’d love to see the end result so be sure to tag #MadSkillzMasterclass or @fieldey

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Fieldey x Robert Jenkins Collab Mural

 

An awesome blues-themed street art mashup collab between Fieldey and Robert Jenkins in Best Brew Bar.

One of the Managers from Four Points Perth, came across Rob (https://www.facebook.com/theblackmoun…) and I painting street art murals next to each other in a Laneway last year. He got in contact and asked us to come in and turn their bar into something pretty special.

We had 3 days to cover most of the walls and pillars and I had the challenge of painting the largest portrait I’ve ever done! We used a mixture of aerosol paint and house paint.

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Brandon Lee from The Crow themed skate deck speed painting

Brandon Lee from The Crow themed skateboard art

Here’s another fun skate deck commission I painted recently for Frank. When I was 17 The Crow was my favourite movie and I had a massive crush on Brandon Lee… I think I watched that movie 20 times or more! Watch the process come to life set to one of my favourite Crow soundtrack songs.

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