Archive for September, 2009

So, having to pick five pieces of my work as an example for a comp recently entered, it got me thinking about some of different styles I have worked with over the years.
One of my friends was lovely enough to do up a powerpoint for me, alas, I can’t just load it up here! I’ve re-made them into grouped photos, so at a glance, if you didn’t have time to scroll all the way down my blog, you can see what the content is.
(Notes as written by Ana!).
And its got me brewing up some new ideas for a series of new work using skate decks as support – stay tuned!
Group 1 : These designs would transcribe beautifully onto a skateboard and really appeal to the demographic. Personal favourites here are the Blimp Cats and Fearsome Friends – I think the Fearsome Friends is at that real high end of street art – where the characters could become a really well known graffiti/sticker series. – but the frogs are striking and helps represent the ‘breadth’ of my work.
Group 2 : If I had a skateboard I would want this sort of illustration on them – A really feminine design on a skateboard is kick arse and makes it different to all others – however, the majority of skaters who fuel the market are notoriously young, male and bogan. I reckon this would strike a chord though for female skaters/ art enthusiasts.

Group 3 : Anime is a powerful reminder of Western influencing everything Asian and how Asian is now influencing everything Western.

Clare and the crown would look kick arse on a board but the Collective piece could showcase a style that would look awesome on a board – ie some dark superhero types
Group 4 : This grouping would look beautiful on a skateboard – they are simple and reflect the print method that seems to be favoured by royalefam. In particular – Anemone would look beautiful on the bottom of a deck.
Group 5 : These designs are perfectly suited for the shape of a skate deck and the design itself is simple and dramatic and could easily be transposed to a ‘series’ across several skateboards where each piece would be different but always identified as coming from the same series.


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So I submitted five images chosen from each of my categories in ‘Grouped work’  for an upcoming competition in Auckland put on by Loaded store for DC Shoes… Low and behold I was picked as one of 20 artists  to participate in the competition with the end result being a group show in Auckland for the launch of a new sneaker DC have put out.

The support I have been given to work with is a skate deck… a beautiful board by Plan B.

I have about 3 1/2 weeks to complete this project –  inc. travel back and fourth of  the boards from New Zealand to Melbourne and back to New Zealand again. ….Luckily for me I have a friend coming to visit who I have managed to weasel into becoming a mule for my board to travel over here with!

This is the step by step process I have gone through to create this deck :

Board to start with… 7 1/2 deck from fast times in Melbourne.

All taped up waiting for glue to dry w initial layer vintage wallpaper

W all the tape off and trimmed
Mask on, ready to start painting
First layer of paint… just applied, so is shiny, will dull down to matt once dried
Lightened it up heaps w another layer of soft duck egg blue/ grey + layers of a dove grey, cream and white as highlights.
Checking out w mock up to see if the top image/ background look alright togetherSexy sexy finished board w  super-shiny resin topcoat poured on and dry.
Close up of detailing in top layer + highlights on vintage paper also showing through.… I found it generated a lot of interest in people viewing it, they all wanted to touch and stroke it, my friend Ana even commented that the glossy resin made her want to lick it – it has a kind of lolly look to it, like clear toffee!

Below are Loaded’s posters advertising the opening of the art show in conjunction w the release of the sneakers – Wednesday 11th November at Loaded store in Auckland on High st.

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So usually I don’t put pieces up till they’re absolutely finished, but occasionally its nice to see how they progress. yes no?
So below is the before and after of Dan’s orchid pic, plus some others still in the line up to be finished.

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These are the last set of postcards I’ve painted up whilst in Melbourne to send home to New Zealand, and to other friends around the globe.

A nice little exercise to get my hand back into painting after some time off whilst we packed up and organised our lives for the big shift over to Melbourne. And a great use for the cute little watercolour book  of blank postcards I was given last Christmas!

Stay tuned for loius and phoebe in upcoming  cartoon adventures!

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