Author: Drew

Drew Brophy and painted skateboard deck with posca paint pens photo by Scott Smallin 2014

A long time ago I understood that I bear some responsibility for what I put out into the world.

POSCA LIFE CUSTOM did an interview with me.

They referred to me as the “Godfather of Surf Art” – which is a huge compliment, but I don’t agree.  Many great artists in surf came before me; there’s a toss up between who could claim that title (Rick Griffin, Bill Ogden, etc.)

They asked very good questions, ones that I don’t usually get, like:

“I read somewhere that you weren’t into the Surf Industry Club…” and “Do you think surf culture needs more artists?” and “You have a lot of eyes on you…“.

Below are a few questions from the interview.  To read the entire thing, go to their webpage here:  Drew Brophy Posca Life Interview 

Posca Life:  * Do you remember your first drawings on surfboard?

I painted my first surfboard when I was 4 or 5 years old, with crayons. I wrote my name on it.* You are from South Carolina, is there a surf culture there?

* You are from South Carolina, is there a surf culture there?

Yes, there was a surf culture there. South Carolina was a great place to grow up. The water in the summer is 85 degrees (F) and the small waves were perfect for learning how to surf. I was lucky there were a lot of nice people surfing, and there were a few small surf shops.

* You are a surfer first, and you traveled a lot, it has been inspiration for your art?

I feel lucky being a surfer, because surfing has taken me to some of the most remote places in the world.  Not many people get to go to these places. The travel absolutely inspires my art. There is something great and beautiful about every place; they are all great.

* A lot of people got eyes on you…

I’m always amazed that people know who I am. I’m not sure if it’s the art or my lifestyle, or just being authentic. 

A long time ago I understood that I bear some responsibility for what I put out into the world. 

Everyone does. Knowing that I’m being watched makes me want to contribute in a positive way. I try to help people as much as I can, to encourage young people to know that they can create a good life for themselves.

* You are dedicated in your job and family, what could be your next achievement?

I just want to chase big waves around the world. I want to ride them. I want to tell stories about them and the people I rode them with. I want to spend time with the locals at each place and learn all about them. Ireland is the next place I want to go.

To read the rest of this interview, go to:

THE SWEET LIFE Painting by Drew Brophy for Nectar Sunglasses April 2014A majority of my business is painting commissions for collectors and companies.

This painting, titled THE SWEET LIFE, was painted for Nectar Sunglasses.   Painted on gallery-wrap canvas, sized 15″ x 45″, with Uni Posca Paint Pens.

The Sweet Life artwork is inspired by my love of  a quiet beach, big surf and the idea of living a laid back lifestyle; peaceful and getting back to nature.

I’ve painted a lot of images of the lone surfer on a beach with a surf shack in the sand.  It’s what many people dream of, a more simple way of living.  I guess that’s why every time I paint a scene like this, it gets a lot of attention.

I hope you like it!  Feel free to share this image online, just be sure to include this notice:  Artwork (c) Drew Brophy.

And if you want your own surf hut on the beach, email!

Life is good -Drew

Rough sketches before painting

Rough sketches before painting

First Color on the Canvas
First Color on the Canvas

Painting the Sweet Life

Painting the Sweet Life



SUNSET KELP Painting on Surfboard By Drew Brophy Feb 2014One of my favorite things about surfboard paintings is making an art piece/sculpture that reflects 25 years of being a production surfboard painter.  (Order your Commissioned Surfboard Painting here)

This painting, titled SUNSET KELP was painted on a 7’0” single fin swallow tail shaped by Ron House, with red tinted pigment.

SUNSET KELP surfboard art was inspired by the reefs off of San Clemente that I paddled two days before designing this painting. The water was ultra clear, and there were more garibaldi fish than I’ve ever seen before.

It was a beautiful sunset that afternoon.  The only thing missing was giant waves. So I used my imagination and painted what I wished the waves looked like.

My best work comes from this type of encounter.  The painting flows easily when I’m inspired by real events.  I don’t mock them up with computers.  I don’t try to impress anyone with fancy embellishments.

I just love to surf and surfboards have been my canvas since the beginning.

This surfboard was a commissioned piece for a video game designer named Colm.  Colm loves surfing and fish.  He and his wife, Yumee, met me about ten years ago when I did a live painting at a surf shop in Santa Cruz.  I used to tour surf shops all over the world and leave a little piece of my art with the community.  I met Colm and Yumee way back then and gave them a poster, and that day they decided that they wanted to own one of my original boards one day.

Maria and I hand delivered the painting to Yumee.  She surprised Colm with it for his birthday.  He was so stoked, he sent us a picture of him with it!  Colm Nelson and his Birthday Surfboard painting by Drew Brophy Feb 2014

Life is good,  Drew

SUNSET KELP Surfboard Painting Feb 23 2014 in Progress by Drew Brophy



Lighthouse by Drew Brophy Nov 2013HATTERAS LIGHTHOUSE paint pen on canvas board sized 11″ x 14″, Medium:  Uni Posca Paint Pens.

The lighthouse in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, was a part of my life as a young surfer.

I lived in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, a six hour drive south from Buxton, NC at the time, and in Myrtle Beach, the waves are small.

So, when the waves got big in Hatteras, my friends and I would make the drive north.

We had many great surf sessions in front of this lighthouse in Buxton.

Since then, the lighthouse was moved off the sand to another spot.

This painting reflects my memories of back in the day, when the lighthouse was a beacon to all surfers when the waves got big.

This painting went to a couple who have a house in Buxton.  I hope they love it.

Life is Good,

DrewDrew Brophy Painting the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse for Buxton Couple Nov 2013