Why be bored in school? Go to a Skateboard School!

This Toronto District School Board alternative school design program, where students earn high school credits by creating their own brand and running a skateboard business / professional design studio, now offers even more SK8 Entrepreneurship Opportunities & New Courses including SK8 & Art Co-ops, Native SK8 Studies, Physical Arts & Mindful Living...

OASIS SKATEBOARD FACTORY (OSF): TDSB's ART & ENTREPRENEURSHIP O.G.s since 2006!

APPLY NOW!!! (*Info Sessions are held every Wednesday at 9AM in the OSF Classroom during the school year.)

JUNE 29th UPDATE: OSF is now CLOSED FOR SUMMER and will reopen September 4th. We will be doing an Info Session for the remaining spaces on our student design team Wednesday Sept. 5th at 9AM in the OSF Classroom Room 3, 707 Dundas St. W.

* ALL New and Returning OSF Students must come claim their preregistered spot and be timetabled Thursday Sept. 6th 10:30AM to 1:00PM. Mandatory Orientation for ALL STUDENTS Friday Sept. 7th 10:30AM to 1:00PM, with full day classes and projects starting Monday September 10th.
If you need assistance during the summer you can reach our Office Administrator at 416-393-9830

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Hard Core Mermaid



I’m 17 years old.  This is my first semester at Oasis Skateboard Factory and so far it’s been awesome.  I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember but I started taking it seriously in grade 8.  My inspiration is from tattoos, horror film themes, hard core and grunge.  My drawing style is realistic but I also enjoy doing cartoons.

For my first board graphic I chose a hardcore mermaid.  I chose this because I thought it would be good to see how far I could push myself and see how well I could do it.  I also really like mermaids and I wanted to incorporate my personality into my board., and felt I could do so, by doing a kick ass mermaid design.

I used 7 ply maple and I mostly used spray paint and paint markers to do this board.  I got help from other classmates with some of the overall graphic components.  The small details and black outlining were all done with paint marker.  I chose to design the mermaid with piercings, a spacer and tattoos, all inspired by my own personal appearance .The hair of the mermaid a pastel colour, a light pink because it fits with the new mainstream style "Pastel Goth".  I used a colour fade and blending in the background to add depth and texture.  The colour is very vibrant and bright, because I wanted it to be hardcore but not too dark and angry.

I am trying to communicate what I stand for as an artist and as a person.  I’m weird.  So I decided to do something badass but awesome at the same time.  It’s a generic design but I’ve twisted it to fit who I am as a person, my style.

I just really wanted to get my first board finished.  I was so anxious and couldn’t wait to get it done.  I’m really happy with the end result!