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Darin and Lisa McClure in front of the Great Wall O' Sketches

Darin and Lisa McClure in front of the Great Wall O' Sketches

Last Saturday we held a “Draw with Drew” event and book release celebration party at San Clemente Art Supply.

It took many hours and some pocket money to put this on, because Drew wanted to create an awesome interactive presentation of art exhibit combined with art activities.

And of course, I felt it was important to have beer and juice boxes alongside some great food!  (What, you’ve never heard of juice boxes at an art event?!)

Drew set up an awesome (more…)



Walter's Wave Painting by Drew Brophy Mixed Media on Wood 48" x 72"

Walter's Wave Painting by Drew Brophy Mixed Media on Wood 48" x 72"



Why did Walter ride a wave?  Because Drew Brophy painted it that way.

In honor of the great Walter Foster and the new book titled HOW TO DRAW WITH DREW BROPHY for creative kids (published by Walter Foster Publishing), Drew painted this depiction of (more…)

We are happy to officially announce that Palisades Skateboards is rolling out a new Artist Series line with Drew Brophy!

Palisades Skateboards Artwork (c) Drew Brophy

Palisades Skateboards Artwork (c) Drew Brophy

Available in retail stores this month, there are five killer designs to choose from.

When we first started this venture with Palisades, National Sales Manager Kurt Hurley came to our office with some serious eye-candy:  samples of their Rick Rietveld artist series longboards, and we were blown away!  The boards were beautiful.  Their printing capabilities were impressive.  The colors, the quality, everything was just top notch.

And Drew wanted to be a part of (more…)

Circle of Life on Canvas by Drew BrophyFor the past 6 years or so Drew’s been creating a new painting for the Ocean-Institute’s summer program flyers and t-shirts.  They’ll also use the art on huge banners (about 15′ x 20′) to hang on the side of their building every year.

The Ocean-Institute is an organization based out of Dana Point, Ca.  Their mission is to inspire all generations, through education, to become responsible stewards of our oceans.  Their vision is to be the world’s best experiential ocean educational organization.

Drew loves what the Ocean-Institute does to teach people, particularly kids, about the ocean and protecting our environment.  He really loves creating art for them every year.  And, working with the President, Bentley Cavazzi, is always a joy.  Bentley is one of those rare individuals that not only understands art, but also gives Drew a lot of leeway on the creative end of it.

This year Drew decided to paint a slightly different look.  Instead of the paint pens, he used a combination of spray paint and then airbrushing (for the background, to create an under-water effect) and then acrylic paints with brushes.

His goal was to create a soft, under-water circle of life without the hard edges, emanating somewhat of a subtle energy.  I think he pulled it off nicely.

The end result:  A 6′ x 4′ Acrylic on Canvas, beautiful, about to be framed, sold & hung!  (If you are interested in buying it, click here.)

We allow the Ocean-Institute use the artwork, but we keep the original.  So once we frame it, we’ll place it in an upcoming art exhibit that Drew will have at the Ocean-Institute, and make it available for purchase.


Aaron Chang signing his page of SURF STORY

Aaron Chang, signing his page in Surf Story

Robb Havassy just made history in the surf world, but most people won’t realize it for at least 20 years.

That’s how historical events usually go – first there’s conception, then benign interest, then slowly people begin to see the vision, then 20 years goes by before everyone agrees that it was an important shift.

Two years ago, when Robb asked Drew to write a story for this project, we weren’t sure how serious he was.  So many people say that they are going to publish a book, yet they quit once they find out how difficult it is.

But “difficult” doesn’t stop Robb Havassy. Despite roadblocks and challenges, The Surf Story Project was born and has become a truly (more…)