Author: Maria Brophy

Drew-Brophy-WHAM-O-Boogie-Boards-600x450 ssCASE STUDY:

Revitalize WHAM O’s Boogie Boards utilizing Drew Brophy art & packaging

WHEN:

2001 through 2008

CLIENT:

Wham O Toy Company

MISSION:

REVITALIZE existing Boogie Board products; make them authentic enough to be accepted by surf shop retailers.  

Wham O sales people had a problem in early 2000;  they couldn’t convince core surf shops to carry their Morey Boogie Boards.  Surf shop owners wanted authentic surf style products, and most felt that the Morey Boogie Boards weren’t “core” enough for surf shop clientele.

Drew designed a complete line of Morey Boogie Boards, which bore his name.  Immediately, sales sky rocketed.  Surf shops began carrying the new Boogie Board line.  In less than 3 years, the Brophy-line of Boogie Boards were sold en-mass throughout the world.

RESULTS:  According to Wham O designer, Petey Peterson, the Brophy-line of Boogie Boards stand out as the most successful body boards that ever retailed, in history, to date.  Mission Accomplished!

Testimonial from Wham O’s Morey Boogie Board designer Petey Peterson:

Drew’s art defined our best-selling line of Liquid Force Wakeboards called the Trip Series back in 1996. 

We worked together for years, building an amazing range of Morey Boogie Boards (for Wham O) that featured Drew’s original concepts and unique background effects. These stand out as the most successful body boards that ever retailed – EVER.  

It is not a coincidence that Drew is the leading artist in today’s surf and skate scene. His art is like gold.  He is the Real Deal and I am blessed to have had the pleasure to work with him through these last two centuries!”  Michael “Petey” Peterson, Designer

3Dot Magazine 12-21-2012 Cover with Drew Brophy

3Dot Magazine 12-21-2012 Cover with Drew Brophy

3 Dot Magazine Dec 21, 2012 Issue

“Welcome to the beginning to the end….

We begin this issue with an interview with Surf Artist Drew Brophy, the Twilight Saga’s Sexy New Vampire: Judi Shekoni, Q&A with Artist Ian Ward, Q&A with Actor Mem Ferda, Review of the film Musical Chairs, Interview with artist Bill Strydesky, Review of Cursive’s I Am Gemini…”

Drew Brophy was interviewed by Don Perry and photographed by Scott Smallin of 3 Dot Magazine, when visiting Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in fall of 2012.

We first heard of the famed photographer Scott Smallin in the year 2000, when Drew and I got married at the Dunes Club in Myrtle Beach.  Scott was one of the team of photographers that we hired for our wedding!

Now, over twelve years later, we find ourselves back in Myrtle Beach, this time to paint a large mural.

And, once again we are being shot by Scott Smallin, this time for 3 Dot Magazine!

Funny how life brings you ’round in circles.

Here’s how the 3 Dot Magazine Drew Brophy story begins:

DREW BROPHY IS THE SURF LIFESTYLE:

Drew Brophy, the surfer, the artist, the husband, the father, the teacher, and the list goes on…

Drew talks about how he created a life of art, surf and travel and what it takes to be a professional artist.

He explains how he beat all odds, and proved his high school guidance counselor wrong when she told him that “you can’t just surf and paint your whole life!”

To view the magazine online, visit:  www.donaldeperry.com/dotdotdotmag/3dotmag_dec2012.  To print, visit: www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/487431

Here is a video interview from 3 Dot Magazine, with Drew Brophy on location in Myrtle Beach, SC, at the Lulu’s Cafe Mural.

Drew Brophy, Chilling on the Grand Canyon

Drew had always wanted to be featured in the famed SURFERS JOURNAL, a beautiful full-color magazine that most people keep for years.

Though the Journal had at times contacted Drew over the years to feature his art, it somehow never materialized. Maybe one day, when Drew is old and grey and his art has truly “made it” they will do an art feature!

But for now, Drew’s stoked to have had his and Seth Warren’s Grand Canyon SUP Expedition featured in the Surfer’s Journal EXPEDITION REPORT.

The best part is that Drew’s friend, published author Chris Dixon, interviewed him for it.

If you want to pick up a copy, go to http://www.surfersjournal.com/ and look for Volume 21.5, Oct/Nov 2012 Edition.  Or, squint your eyes and see it below:

You can paint anything with water based paint pens!  

Learn Drew Brophy’s tried and true Uni Posca Paint Pen Techniques in this hands-on workshop.

Drew has earned a living for over 25 years, mostly using the medium of opaque, water-based paint pens made by Uni Posca.

He has painted surfboards, skateboards, motorcycles, guitars, canvas, everything with this medium.

UNI POSCAS offer a quick learning curve; it’s an easy, un-intimidating method of painting.  Most artists who try it fall in love with the possibilities of this medium.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Paint on the materials we provide, or, bring your own canvas, surfboard, shoes, helmet; just about anything you want to paint on in this hands-on workshop!

In this course, Drew will share techniques on how to:

  • Prepare your painting surface
  • Create the perfect composition
  • Design color schemes
  • Blend the colors
  • Properly seal your art.
  • How to earn money $$ using these techniques

An open Question and Answer session with Drew will continue throughout the workshop.

This is a rare opportunity for artists to spend time with Drew on a personal level for two days!

Drew will welcome questions during the workshop about the business of art and will freely share what has worked for him as a professional artist for over 25 years.

Workshop participants will get a 10-pack of Uni-Posca paint pens and a signed art print from Drew ($60 value).

WHEN:  Nov. 10-11 (Sat & Sun) from 3-6 p.m.

WHERE:  Art Mundo, 111 Orange Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34950

SIGN UP: Go to http://www.ArtMundo.Org or call 949-678-8133

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WORKSHOP?  Email Drew or Maria at info@drewbrophy.com or call 949-678-8133.

IMPORTANT:  Sign up quick so that supplies may be ordered and shipped to the workshop in time.  Class is limited to 12 students!

WORKSHOP GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY TREASURES OF FORT PIERCE! and SENTIMENT GIFT SHOP!

 

TESTIMONIALS:

Drew showed me how to use paint pens and now I’m making money painting all kinds of things for people!”  Jimmy “The Marine”, Oceanside, California

I had always wanted to paint my own surfboards.  The paint pens are an easy medium to learn.  Now I’m painting boards for my friends!”  Donny D, Vero Beach, Florida

PHOTOS FROM PAST WORKSHOPS:

http://drewbrophy.com/workshop-with-drew-myrtle-beach-sc-aug-3-2008/

http://newspress.furman.edu/?p=4290

After this mural was painted, Drew and I both were exhausted, so much so that it took us a few weeks to get the photos together so we could post this!

Painting the biggest wave ever seen in Myrtle Beach! Day 10 of 13.

Thirteen days, 400 pounds of spray paint and a lot of Lulu’s Sandwiches fueled the painting of this mural!

Ian, mastering the bubbles

Ian Orsos, a local Myrtle Beach artist, helped Drew with moving the scaffolding, organizing the paints, and some of the painting, too.  We were lucky to have him!

Teamwork

Drew and Ian painted in the hot, sticky, South Carolina sun over a span of two weeks.

This was, without a doubt, the most publicized project we ever worked on.

It was featured on the evening tv news three times, in the Sun Newspaper twice and on the cover of The Herald News.  This project is also being written about in Grand Strand Magazine and on a number of online magazines, including The Digitel Myrtle Beach.

 

PHOTO CREDIT:  Photos taken by Gregory Letts, local Myrtle Beach Photographer.   Visit Greg’s website here!

To see the Photo Slideshow, Click Here.  Here’s a post on the First six days of painting Lulu’s Mural (with more detail).