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Friday, March 24, 2017
Let me walk you through the process. First thing first I pick out my veneers then I set up to press the board using the @roarocket thin air press, tri bond 3 wood glue and a lot of elbow grease. After one night in the press to allow the gule to dry I will take the board out and shape it using a jig saw and rasp. After that I sand the board down and its ready for a graphic. For the first graphic I did a negative tape stencil with a double fade. Some of the elements and principles of design that I used for the board were symmetry, balance and color. On my second board I wood burned a maze in to the board. This was probably the most tedious way of putting a graphic on a skate board ... you would think I would have learned after the first time. On this board the elements and principles of design that I used were texture, lines and again balance.
Reflecting on my frist boards, over all I'm very happy. I feel like everything went really well with these 2 I had no problems. If I could change one thing about them it would be the length of time it took to make them. I'm super excited to hang both of these in my shop...now lets go skate!
Australia on a farm for a year was my biggest inspiration for this skateboard. I remember sitting on the porch and drawing birds, specifically crows. The image of a crow makes me think of farm life. When you look at a crow from far away its not so exciting. But when you look at a crow close up, you see that there is more then just black feathers. When reflected in the light, crow feathers hold many colours. Lots of
blues, greens and purples. Before I make judgments of something, I like to learn more about it what I'm looking at. Most people think of crows as a pest and a symbol of the devil. I think of crows as a symbol of inner beauty.
To make this board, I pressed a pintail shape out of 7 veneers. Then I made a template and jigged out the shape. I wood burned the details and painted it with watered down acrylic. It was a time consuming process but it was definitely worth it. The elements and principles of design I used include texture, both
physical (created by the wood burner) and implied (created by my painting technique). I also used value to create highlights and shading to make it look
Trying a new technique has inspired me for my next board. I want to use the painting technique I used on this board with different characters and themes.
Overall I think the board turned out quite well.
The inspiration for this board is the quote "When life gives you
lemons, make lemonade". I only used "When life gives you lemons.." to leave it open to interpretation, showing instead of telling. This board is part of a series of boards I've been working on with a
central bordered image. I've used images of women's bodies in a
provocative way as a kind of f-you, it's my body and I can do what I want.
I tried a new technique for this board by burning the shapes of the lemons out of wood veneers to make them stand out more. I was inspired by a relief board we did for Native Studies. After I burned out the shapes with a wood burner, I put wood glue on their backs and pressed the board back in the vacuum bag. Then I re-sanded the surface of the deck and started painting using acrylic paints. I watered down the acrylics to give it a soft wash effect. I like acrylic better than watercolour because I feel it bleeds less on the wood and it's easier to control.
I think the board turned out pretty good considering it was the first time I used the extra veneer technique. I want to do another board to go along with this new fruit series featuring peaches. I think they will look great laid out side by side. I talked to my mentor at
Anomaly about doing a colour series with a different flower for each
colour. This board gives me a good start thinking about how to make collections within my brand.
board that embodied my brand and gave a bit of insight into my
capabilities. I chose to make a dragon, a creature I look up to in
all its glory. My brand is Lizard Kidd, which exists to bring a bit
of magic to an all too real world.
board was my three-year artist block when I could only draw dragons.
This is a tribute to the end of my artist block. I feel as I walk along this earth, I am shaping who I was into whom I want to be. A transition of lizard-to-dragon is more than scales and wings, but a metamorphosis of mentality and perspective. A lizard
observes, skitters around and camouflages into its surroundings. But see, the mythical dragon is majestic: the dragon is strong and
spiritual, a creator and a destroyer. These traits are almost opposite, but can still attain each other, a transition between the real and unreal.
relief technique by sculpting the dragon’s head from a veneer. I
continued the process with wood burning to match the 3-D technique. I
then used watercolour to create a conceptual contrast of fire and
water in my material. I chose to place him sitting on the waterfall to
give the illusion of having control of a pure life source.
how many boards I’ve made at school, some for clients and a lot for my
brand MADINUS. MADINUS exists to release, embrace and celebrate our
inner freak show. This semester, I am breaking away from my brand
circus colours and expanding my brand identity into a variety of
product lines. This board fits into my product line under the slogan
“Tears to my MADINUS” which reflects the sadness in a freak show; this
is my attempt to dig deeper beyond the stereotypical imagery
associated with the freak show into a more personal, emotional realm.
My brand imagery has evolved from “circus’ to “freak show’ to
“carnival” over my time at OSF.
This board is inspired by a self-portrait. All the things that make me
happy are above the eyes, thinking about childhood memories. On the
bottom half of the board in the tears are things that are inspired by
temptations and more twisted thoughts. The variety of symbols together
shows a range of images developed from my sketchbook doodles. The
small images work together to create a repeating pattern of designs.
The board is made from Canadian maple that I hand-painted with
I like how the board came together because it is a reflection of me. I
am also excited about how this board takes me in a new direction with