Author: Drew

In Episode 5 of The Paint Shop, my studio is hopping all week.

An art collector asked me to paint a 15′ wooden paddleboard with Japanese tattoo-style paintings.

Then I stoke out pro surfer Tanner Gudauskas by customizing his surfboard; and then,
I get commissioned to paint the strangest thing I’ve ever had to paint….watch the show to find out what it is!

The Paint Shop Episode 5 “Surf and Turf” Full Episode in HD from The Paint Shop on Vimeo.

Drew’s studio is hopping this week as he paints a 15′ wooden paddleboard, stokes out pro surfer Tanner Gudauskas by customizing his surfboard, and then Drew is commissioned to paint the strangest thing he’s ever painted.

Not worried about stroke marks...

Here’s an E-mail I got from an artist struggling with Paint Pen Strokes: I’m painting on a skimboard with your paint pens.  How can you avoid “stroke marks” ?  When painting on the board you can see each individual stroke line also making marks between colors.  It’s not noticeable from a distance but up close looks bad.  Thank you – Joe

Joe, the stroke marks are actually a good thing – I use the stroke marks to my advantage.  They help me create flow and depth and direction, as well as creating curve or flow in one direction or another.  You can work with the stroke marks to create a better painting, rather than try to avoid them.  It takes some practice and experimentation at first.  I go into great detail on this in my DVD – if you don’t already have it, check it out!

One other thought on stroke marks – just like pencil marks, I tend to like having my paintings look less than perfect.  When I went to the Rick Griffen exhibit in Laguna Beach a few years ago, I really enjoyed looking at his originals that had not only imperfect pencil marks, but also some of his sketches and paintings had areas that were whited out!  It made the art so much more real to me, and I keep that in mind when I’m painting my own pieces.

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DREW BROPHY / KARLEE MACKIE ART EXHIBIT

WHEN:  Friday July 29th, 7-10 p.m.

WHERE:  AR4T Gallery, 210 N. Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA

Rarely do I exhibit at galleries.  This is the first one I’ve done in about 1-1/2 years.   It just seemed like a good fit for me this time.

I am showing all new paintings for this show, and most of them will be revealed for the first time on opening night.

This show is sponsored by Kona Brewing Company and Aerial 7, an audio company that makes cool headphones, and they asked me to exhibit opposite Karlee Mackie, a great artist and surfer from Australia.

One of the paintings will be a collaboration between me and Karlee, entitled I LOVE.  There will also be custom painted sets of Aerial 7 headphones by me and Karlee.

You can read more about the show here.  I hope to see you there!

PS:  If you are a collector of my original art (have bought an original painting from me):  Ask us to send  you a personal invitation for an early viewing of the exhibit from 6-7 p.m.  The first 20 of my collectors who come to the preview will be given a numbered, signed, limited edition print of one of my paintings.  Email info@drewbrophy.com and let us know if you want to be included in this special preview.

Magazines need a great cover if anyone’s going to open it up.  I’m glad I was asked to create the artwork for So Cal Magazine’s cover for this issue.

So Cal Magazine is geared towards travelers, and it aims to show the Southern California “extreme fun” way of life.

So Jim Kirkwood, the magazine’s Editor and founder, asked me to paint something that would show the fun lifestyle we live here in So Cal.

Most of the covers of So Cal Magazine usually are a beautiful photograph of a local spot or activity.  But this time Jim really went “outside the box” by putting my colorful art on it.

I’m stoked when my clients aren’t afraid to do something different!

We went through the sketch process, and Jim was (more…)