Behind the Scenes…

deep into paradise cell phone coverANNOUNCING NEW CELL PHONE CASES:

As an artist, you always want to see your best work printed on things.

Unfortunately, most of the retailers these days are ultra conservative and are reluctant to print some of my best images, because they are too “edgy.”

But not this time – I’m happy to announce that I have teamed up with Head Case to print some of my best and favorite images on cell phone cases and wallets.

Their cases are priced really well – you can see all of my designs here:

http://www.goheadcase.com/en-US/Drew-Brophy-Surf-Art

If you do order your Brophy Head Case, let me know in the comments below.  It will make me happy to know that some of you like it enough to put on your phone!

Life is good – Drew

 

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If I’m not on tour , I’m in nature somewhere, usually some kind of ocean.  It’s a tremendous opportunity to be able to spend your life being surrounded by nature.”   Eddie Vedder

As huge Pearl Jam fans, Drew and I were so excited when Eddie Vedder’s people called to have Drew create the artwork for Eddie’s new live event, the Ohana Festival in Dana Point (happening this weekend).

Eddie liked the work that Drew did years ago on the Pipemasters’ surfing contest poster, and so he wanted Drew to be the guy to create his Ohana Festival art.

The Ohana Festival is probably the biggest thing to happen to this little area in a long time – it’s a two day event with a great musical lineup, including Eddie Vedder himself, Lana Del Rey, Mudhoney, Elvis Costello, and so much more!

The artwork was designed to capture the essence of being at the beach with your family, in its simplest form.  The beaches in this area are beautiful and special, and we need to treasure it.  

Proceeds from this event will benefit the San Onofre Foundation, a small group of people who work hard to preserve the San Clemente state beaches and parks;  San Onofre State Beach, all of Trestles, and miles and miles of natural trails, which hosts thousands of surfers and nature lovers every day.  The San Mateo Creek watershed, located at Trestles, is the last intact water shed in Southern California.  It connects Trestles to the Cleveland National Forest; basically connecting the beach to the mountains!  These are areas that need to be preserved and treasured; a natural link from the ocean to the mountains.  It’s only fitting that Eddie Vedder cares about these surfing beaches; he’s a surfer and a nature lover himself.

Ohana Festival includes an exclusive Luau and auction Friday night, presented by Eddie Vedder and Kelly Slater, with proceeds going to the San Onofre Foundation.  Drew will have several art pieces in the auction, including the original artwork painted for the Ohana Festival.  Drew and I both will be there.

OHANA FEST IS THIS WEEKEND!  It’s not too late to get your tickets – we will be there with our kids.  Hope to see you there!

OHANA ARTWORK CAN BE YOURS – NEW RELEASE AS A LIMITED EDITION

Drew has released this artwork as a limited edition print on canvas in two different sizes (see here).

If you opt for embellishment, Drew will hand-paint your family name in the sand on the bottom of the art piece.  (See this video on Facebookof Drew embellishing a print with a family name on it.)

Each one is numbered and hand-signed by Drew.

You can ORDER ONLINE here.

Are you going to Ohana Festival this weekend?  Leave a comment on the blog and let us know, we’ll look for you there!

Maria (for Drew)*If you have any questions, feel free to call me 949-678-8133.

 

THE MEANING OF ‘OHANA:  The word ʻohana means “family” in the Hawaiian language, but in a much wider sense, to include not only one’s closer relatives, but also one’s cousins, in-laws, friends, race, and other neighbors.

But a quote from the cartoon movie, Lilo and Stich, has an even better definition of Ohana that helps you to feel what the word really conveys:  “Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind… or forgotten.”

SowFlo-Painting-Drew-Brophy-2015CASE STUDY:  SOWFLO Album and CD Cover for their 2016 release titled SUCH IS LIFE.

WHEN: January 2016

CLIENT: SOWFLO

MISSION: SOWFLO is a South Florida American reggae band.  They were releasing a new album titled “SUCH IS LIFE ” and wanted an illustration that would be so unique and full of life that it would add to the appeal of the album and cd’s.  The ultimate goal was to create an album that would become collectible and memorable.

SCOPE OF PROJECT:  The artwork was designed to incorporate the band’s love for sunshine, good vibes and a Florida feel.  And of course, one of the most interesting features of their region, bales of “herbs” washing up on Florida shores.
sowflo mudskipper art by drew brophy
Drew strove to create a fun vibe with his signature sun and electric waves and of course, a Reggae album cover wouldn’t be complete without a few pot leaves thrown in.  He then decided to add in a few of the strange fish found in Florida, called mudskippers.

Drew felt that he could create a mudskipper with such pronounced personality that it would become an iconic image for the band.  And it did.

SUCH Is Life CD Cover SOWFLO art by Drew BrophyRESULTS:  The illustration printed beautifully, and the band was able to use the art to create other merchandise such as t-shirts and stickers donning the newly infamous mudskipper.  The album release has been very successful.

The mudskipper did indeed become an iconic image for the band.  In just a few short months since the album’s release, dozens of photos from fans have surfaced, showing the mudskipper tattooed on them.  It’s become a memorable image.  Mission Accomplished.

NOTE:  The agreement allowed for Drew to make art prints of the artwork available to his collectors.  They are in a limited edition series, available here.

 

 

Locals-PaintingSometimes just a simple painting on an old surfboard can brighten someone’s outlook on life.   Art can change lives and broaden perspectives.  And sometimes a kid will paint for the first time, and realize that they love it.  It can be a life-changing event.

That’s why when I travel I like to spend a few days with the local groms, showing them how to paint their own surfboards and skateboards.  (The last time was in Puerto Escondido).  This year, I’m going to Sayulita, Mexico, a little surfing town.  Maria and I will give a free painting workshop for kids (and adults).  All supplies are being donated by some of the great companies we work with (named below).

WHEN:  Friday, June 17, 2016  1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE:  ULA, Marlin 8, Sayulita, Mexico

WHAT:  Posca Paint Pen workshop – learn how to paint your stuff with paint pens.  I’ll also have plenty of Fredrix Canvas boards to paint on.

THANKS TO:   My friends at Posca for giving us all the paint pens we will need for this event.  Also, Fredrix Canvas generously donated a large supply of canvas boards.  And, my favorite shoe company, KEEN, donated plenty of goodies to give out as well.

Blog post and pictures will follow when we return.  It will be fun.

Life is Good – Drew

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Do you ever wonder if what you’re doing is good enough?

A young Artist asked for my advice on how to find her style.
She wanted to know how I developed my own painting style.

My answer to her is one that we can apply to just about anything we do in life.

This is what I told her:

When I was young and trying to make a living as a surf artist and a surfboard painter, I painted a lot.  Every day I produced new work.

I painted what I wanted to paint, even when other people didn’t like it.

I didn’t try to please anyone with my paintings. Many people didn’t get what I was doing.  I thought they were nuts that they didn’t get it.  (And they thought I was nuts.)

In the beginning, I tried to get people excited about the paintings I was doing, but most didn’t respond.

There was an entire world of people who didn’t respect or understand what I was doing.  It wasn’t good enough for galleries or even surf shops at one point.  I was turned down by almost every single surfboard maker in the early years, because they didn’t understand my art.

I was constantly rejected but I didn’t stop doing it.

I felt insecure, but I didn’t let it stop me.  I put my head down and just kept going.  Creating what I was driven to create.

Then one day some people started to like what I was doing.
Eventually, more and more people liked it.

My style became popular, and now decades after all the rejection, people copy it all over the world.

My advice: Do what you want.  Paint, draw, create a lot. Every day.

Paint for yourself and see what develops.

Don’t do what other people do and don’t do what other people tell you to do, not unless you really want to.  Be stubborn.

Don’t do things just because they have always been done that way.  Do things your own way.

Do what draws you in and what keeps your interest the most. Don’t worry about other people’s opinions.

No matter what you do, someone is going to love it, and someone is going to hate it.  Find the people who love it.

Experiment with a lot of things.  Be patient. Let it develop. It may take months or years to find your style and it will constantly evolve and progress.

Just keep creating art.

I hope this helps all those people out there who aren’t sure if what they are doing is good enough.  It is.  Just keep doing it.  

Life is Good – Drew

P.S.  Are you struggling with with going against the grain?  Or doing things your own way?  Please leave a comment on this post, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Drew Brophy
Artist, illustrator, surfer
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