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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
public, selling lies, and false promises in order to gain a seat in the White House or any leadership position. The two profile silhouettes are of Ronald Reagan (left) and Donald Trump (right) both of whom ran for U.S presidency and campaigned using the phrase "Let's make America great again." The image of the inmate represents the 13th
amendment and how it revokes the rights of those who have been or are
in prison. The 13th amendment states that slavery is abolished and
every human has rights except for those with a criminal record who
lose their rights they can be subjected to slavery. The rights granted are revoked once a criminal record is attached to their name, and they lose their right to vote as well as not being able to fit into society
like the rest of U.S citizens. I've painted the White House black to
represent the mystery, secrecy, and lies which it carries. Finally,
I've asked the question "When was America ever great"? because their
system is flawed in the fact that not everyone is given the same
The tool I used to create the image is a wood burner. It isn't exactly
visible, but the black house and the prisoner have relief. The wood
burner was used to to cut out the shapes to create the relief. I also
used acrylic paint for the inmate and silhouettes. I used spray paint
for the black house. The prisoner and black house aren't exactly centred, but the tree and bush were added to balance the misplacement. The silhouettes were placed on the ends looking into the image to draw the eyes to the centre of the board. I limited the palette to emphasis the message on the board and limit distractions. Displaying the wood
grain was an intentional design feature to communicate exposure, and leaving things raw and in the open, and uncovering what is usually
Overall, I'm happy with the results. My one regret is not properly
centring the Black house, because it is a little off, but I like the
added tree and bush and they wouldn't be there otherwise. I learned
that the palette used can dramatically affect the overall image and can either benefit or hinder the message that is being conveyed. Usually my images contain a lot of black and pops of many colours, but for this particular image I toned down the palette to a simple black and orange with pops of red, yellow, purple, and brown, and I think made the piece look a little less youthful and fun and more serious and modern in an unconventional way. The board turned out nearly exactly to what I wanted it to be and I'm happy with this work.What's up, my brand is Blacklight Wolfpack, and we exist to question what needs to be questioned. This is my fourth board for my brand.
My inspiration comes from U.S #Politricks and the documentary film 13 exploring the 13th amendment in the U.S constitution. The film explains how the 13th amendment takes the freedom away from inmates and dehumanizes them in U.S society. The theme of my skateboar
The inspiration for the board is cutesy gore drawings inspired by the many artist that I follow, Cuteosphere being the biggest inspiration. The inspiration for the eyes specifically is Digimon, a videogame and anime franchise. Some Digimonhave a very specific eye style that I really enjoy, so I tried to replicate that. The guts part is inspired by various artists that I follow on Deviantart and Tumblr that do cartoon gore drawings that focus on intestines.
The theme of the skateboard is gore presented in a cute way. With this board, I’m trying to communicate a sense that despite this monster being gored up, its still gonna have a good time whether or not it’s dying or dead.
The materials I used were watercolours and a woodburner. I also used a jigsaw to cut out the shape of the board. The texture and line work was made by using the woodburner. I coloured and applied shading using colours that were very close to each other on the colour wheel and used contrasting colours (eyes - red + orange, guts - green + blue) to make the two parts stand out more.
When creating this board, I learned that watercolours do exactly what i want in terms of shading and colour because they mix easily I also learned that it’s also very hard to use the woodburner especially for curves but it makes using watercolours easier because the paint seeps into the crevices and makes it so that it doesn’t go outside the lines. Both of these mediums are fun to use at the same time, though very difficult to use for the first time
I think this board went very well in regards to the watercolour parts, but could use a lot of work in regards to the woodburning part, as I am not satisfied with the result. I think the next steps I could take is practicing with the woodburner so I can use it better. I’m definitely going to use watercolour in the future because I really enjoyed using them for this board.
Excited to see a photo by @peaceandcotton of them prepping up our OSF Coffee Mug designs for @tucanacoffee ....watch for the prototypes of 24 new cups on display at their 1413 Dundas St. W. shop after March Break and vote for your favourite to go into production!
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Thursday, March 9, 2017
SKULLS by @parrfect_skateboards
This is my 5th board at OSF. My brand is Parrfect which exists to fuse
the spiritual with the everyday. This board was inspired by me missing
my cultural food. I'm Inuk and I grew up in Cape Dorset, so I'm used
to eating different animals than I do here in Toronto: Caribou, Polar
Bear, Walrus. The skulls of these three animals are on this new
symmetrical free ride longboard, representing that when I eat the
animal I am stronger spiritually along side my elders who traditionly
ate this food too.
To make this board I spray painted the design and did a wood burning
of skulls showing through the custom grip tape. I added these human
skulls to link the people of the land to the animals. I cut out a
silhouette of the skulls and traced it on to the grip tape before
sticking it down. It was hard to cut the grip tape and try to centre
it, but I think it turned out great. I love a new challenging technique to learn.
I feel good about this board. I learned to not smudge the graphic by
putting it on a dirty surface (I had to tape some of it up again and
fix the paint a second time). Overall, it looks great and fits into my
brand style with the faded background colours and the Inuit theme of
the graphic. I'm looking forward to seeing where my next board takes