Before opening a new gallery in the San Diego area, Shanna flew me over to California to work with her on a four day intensive surfboard painting workshop. Over the course of just a few days, Shanna and I worked together and I took her through all the steps necessary to create two awesome surfboard artworks. Some of the skills we worked on were preparing surfboards for painting, basic spray painting skills and advanced acrylic blending and portraiture. The results were two amazing boards that she is stoked to be hanging in her new gallery in March. I’ll be back in LA/San Diego from next week for 2 months – anyone wanting workshops please get in touch!
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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
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.
Following on from Episode 1, I’ll show you how to create a bloody marvellous old school tattoo skull for your skatey. Enjoy!
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!
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.
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.
- Like I say, hella cheap and quick to do
- Pretty much invisible
- 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.
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.
- It looks more pro than the first option and is more suitable for an art exhibition or other non-permanent display
- 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.
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:
- 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.
- 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!
My newest piece of YouTube madness is here!
In this episode, I’m getting groovy with spray paint and paint markers to custom paint a surfboard with an old-school tattoo inspired skull and moray eel.
In the video I’m using Molotow Belton Premium Aerosols and ONE4ALL paint markers and inks, the surfboard was supplied by Star Surf and Skate, with location is The Apple, in Bridgetown, Western Australia, sponsored by The Butcher Shop.
Filming and editing by Matt Fieldes Photography. http://www.mattfieldesphotography.com/
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