Author: Drew

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…)

Photographer John Cocozza interviewed me for Surf Shot Magazine.  He asked a lot of great questions that let me tell a couple stories that don’t normally come up in an interview, like the “town surfboard” when I was a kid, my favorite all-time painting, and being robbed in Peru.

Here’s part of the interview; for the complete interview go to Surf Shot Magazine.

When did you start surfing and who got you started? My older brother Tommy put me on a board when I was about 4 or 5.  It was an instant addiction!

What was your first board and do you still have it? When I was a kid, there were only a few (more…)

I’m stoked to say my t.v. show THE PAINT SHOP is now airing to over 4.2 MILLION households in CA and AZ, and that number is growing because more and more networks are picking it up.

Upcoming episodes will be featuring other artists.  We just finished shooting episode 4, which featured famous Florida Tattoo Artist Mark Longnecker giving a tattoo to another surf artist, Jenn Holmberg, in my studio.  That same episode has me and Longnecker driving around LA checking out some of the great street art and artists.  We’re also painting vans for Escape Camper vans in LA.

Here’s a 30 second commercial that gives an idea of what the shows about.  I’m posting this for my friends and family that are far away and can’t yet tune in:

This is, by far, one of my favorite Uni-Posca paint pen surfboard paintings.

It was a commissioned piece by Paul Sampedro, for the charity MiOcean.

The surfboard painting was auctioned off last year at their annual event at St. Regis Resort in Dana Point.

The painting depicts a giant sandcastle  with Maria in the window holding a torch, and our son Dylan looking through a telescope at the top.

I’m the guy surfing in the tube, alongside giant kelp and fish.  The sun is exploding on the horizon.

A water molecule is painted at the top of the nose.  This water molecule symbolizes all life.

This board was a collaboration with my good friend, master shaper (more…)

I just finished a painting called SAMOA recently and framed it up.

This painting is a memory of an unbelievable vacation that we took to Western Samoa in 2009.

You can see the painting in my store by clicking here.

It was Maria’s dream vacation, where the bungalows are over the water and the ocean is warm.

We stayed at Coconuts Resort, an amazing, quiet spot.  It was like being in Hawaii 200 years ago.

Every morning I took a boat to the outer reef where there was a great left tube.

The rest of the day was spent (more…)