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How to paint noses… like a boss!

The front view of a nose can be notoriously hard to paint! In this episode I’ll show you how to paint a realistic 3D nose.

This in-depth nose painting tutorial kicks off in episode 1 with a step-by-step breakdown on painting a front view of a caucasian male nose. I’ll be covering topics such as using light and shadows to give the appearance of depth and 3D, how to blend acrylic paints and creating flesh tones.

In episode 2 we’ll be working on a three quarter view of a darker-skinned woman’s nose.

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Tips for improving your drawing skills to become better at art

In this episode I explain how I built up my drawing skills and discuss ways that you can improve your basic drawing techniques to become better at art.

I’ll be talking about how I started out in art and the advice I got from an Illustrator’s agent who recommended that I start drawing every day to build up some solid drawing skills. I took up his advice and over the course of one year filled seven sketchbooks with drawings and improved my basic drawing skills by a huge amount! I’ll be discussing the importance of dedicated practice to forge a link between your eye and hand, then give you some of my best tips to become better at drawing and art making.

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Episode 2 – Painting a skateboard with an old-school skull

Following on from Episode 1, I’ll show you how to create a bloody marvellous old school tattoo skull for your skatey. Enjoy!

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New series of YouTube tutorials – Fieldey’s Mad Skillz Masterclass

Well hello everyone! I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve finally gotten off my butt and started putting together a new series of skills-based YouTube tutorials that are easy to follow and pretty much fool-proof.

The first one to be rolled out is a skate deck spray tutorial, filmed by the awesome Matt Fieldes Photography.

Feel free to leave a comment if you have any ideas for future tutorials in this series!

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How to hang a skateboard in 3 ways

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So you’ve turned your skate deck into a veritable work of art and you wanna hang it on your wall… how do you do this? Here’s my handy guide, starting with the cheapest and quickest method to the more professional approaches.


Using fishing line to hang a skate deck

El cheapo – fishing line

The easiest and cheapest way to hang your deck is to simply thread a piece of fishing line through the holes, tie it with a granny knot and sling that baby up on the wall.

Pros:

  • Like I say, hella cheap and quick to do
  • Pretty much invisible

Cons:

  • Looks as cheap as it is
  • The line can start to rub against your artwork and chafe the paint
  • The deck can rock in a breeze as the nose and tail sit against the wall.

Using picture hangers to hang a skate deck

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This is a step up from the first option – buy yourself some drywall anchors/star plugs, screw eyes, and picture hanging wire from the hardware store and have your pliers ready. Drywall anchors are little plastic plugs that are used for drilling screws into walls, but in this case they’re going to fill out the hole in the deck so you can screw your eyelet into it.

You’ll need to find a drywall anchor that fits your board and still allows you to screw the eyelet in. I use a 25mm red one, but you might need to play around to find the right size. Trim the anchor to the approximate length (thickness of the wood) using pliers. Jam the round end of the anchor into the hole and use the pliers to force it in – you need a tight fit so that it stays in when the board is on the wall. Grab your eyelet of choice (I like a fairly small one) and screw it into the anchor. Check that everything is nice and firmly in place, then cut yourself a length of metal picture wire and attach it to each eyelet and tie it nice and tight. You’ll need to allow a bit of slack in the wire so that the board can hang – don’t make it too tight.

Pros:

  • It looks more pro than the first option and is more suitable for an art exhibition or other non-permanent display

Cons:

  • There’s a fair bit of shagging around and guess work in there
  • You’ll have the same problem with the nose and the tail touching the wall, the board will be more likely to rock
  • If you don’t achieve a tight enough fit the anchors can slip out of the holes.

Using Sk8ology skateboard hangers to hang a skate deck

Floating wall mount

Want one? Buy the product on Amazon here: Sk8ology Skateboard Display Kit (Tube) – No Drill Bit

The guys at Sk8ology sent me some of their products the other day to try out, and I was impressed! Essentially it’s an ingenious product that is drilled into the wall to hang your deck in a more pro and permanent way. Check out the video below to see how it works:

Pros:

  • It’s a totally permanent floating solution so the nose and tail aren’t touching on the wall which means they won’t move in a breeze or if they get knocked
  • You also get the choice as to whether you want to lock the board on the wall so it can’t be lifted up, or be able to easily take it off when required
  • It looks more professional and presents your decks as the serious pieces of art that they are.

Cons:

  • Costs a little bit more than the others at $9.99 for the deck display without the drill bit, but it’s hardly likely to break the bank now is it?

Check out www.sk8ology.com to find out more!

So there you have it, different strokes for different folks! If you’ve got a different method for hanging your board feel free to share it in the comments below.

This post contains an affiliate link to Amazon, meaning that if you buy any of the products mentioned above, at no cost to you, I get a small commission for the sale which helps me keep on making rad content!

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Gidgets go Picasso Surf Art Workshop

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The inaugural Gidgets Go Picasso Surfboard Art Workshop was held last Saturday at the Bondi Pavilion and despite the crappy weather it went off! I was so stoked with the response that we got from this, everyone was super lovely, and it was great to hear silence in the room as everyone was in deep creative concentration painting their surfboard artworks.

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I led eight workshoppers through a four step cleaning process to prepare their boards for painting and demonstrated some of my favourite old-school spray techniques using Molotow spray paint and a handy palm frond and then let them loose on the supplies.

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At the end of the day we ended up with nine completely different artworks, each one a unique expression of creativeness and ready to hit the waves.

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The workshop was held in conjunction with Venus Goes Gidget and hosted by myself. Molotow Australia sponsored the paints and more workshops are in the pipeline for August 2015 – so sign up to my blog if you want to come along to the next one! Big thanks also to Matt Fieldes Photography for these lovely photos.

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Sydney surfboard painting madness – workshops & commissions ahoy!

Bondi Surfboard Painting Workshops with Fieldey

It’s all happening in camp Fieldey folks! In two and a half weeks I’m heading over to Sydney to run two special surfboard painting workshops in collaboration with Venus Goes Gidget. They’re both going to be held at the Amphitheatre garage at the Bondi Pavilion, so we’re right on the beach.

23rd Aug – All-girl workshop

This is a first time all-girl workshop, organised by the lovely Claudia from Venus Goes Gidget. Bring your board along and together we’ll prepare them for painting and I will divulge some awesome top secret retro spray techniques. No experience is necessary and your board will be ready to ride with it’s new sexy look.

Click here for more info and to sign up >>

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24th Aug – Pimp your board!

Everyone from 12 – 102 is welcome at this workshop. Bring along your board and we’ll go through the process of preparing them for painting, then we have some fun with spray paint and learn easy retro spray paint techniques to make your stick look the sh!t. Of course we’ll also clear coat your artwork so you can take it out in the surf and rip in style!

Click here for more info and to sign up >>

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Sydney surf, skate and mural commissions

While I’m in Sydney I’ll also be picking up some surfboard, skateboard and wall commissions, so if you have a surfboard, skateboard or wall that needs the Fieldey treatment please fill in the form here. If you’re needing some inspiration view the gallery of past commissions here.

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