Behind the Scenes…


WHEN:  July 2021

MISSION/SCOPE OF WORK:  Design a painting on a fine art surfboard for Tag Heuer’s first California retail store in South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA.  Paint it LIVE during their grand opening V.I.P. event with their special guest, surfer Kai Lenny.  Celebrate the store opening and the Tag Heuer Surf Watch.  The painting should capture the lifestyle of surfing and the brand, incorporating their surfing brand ambassador Kai Lenny.

Drew Brophy says:  “incorporated many disciplines into this surfboard painting.  This special piece was hand-made by shaper Chris Christenson and hand painted using mixed media by Drew.  Kai even added a little paint to it during the live event.

RESULTS:  A memorable live painting event at the grand opening and an iconic art piece that now is proudly displayed on the wall at the Tag Heuer Costa Mesa, CA store.  

Here’s a video capturing the essence of the event:


CLIENT:  Mowdy Farms in Oklahoma, USA

WHEN:  November 2020

MISSION/SCOPE OF WORK:  Design unique illustration for Mowdy Farms Logo and Merchandise.  Illustration should capture the elements and lifestyle of the farm in Oklahoma, including the wildlife that is found on the farmlands.

The client wanted the illustration to clearly show that they are a cannabis company and they wanted it to be bright and edgy! 

Drew Brophy researched the area, learned about the wildlife that roams the lands there and worked a lot of the iconic elements into the illustration. This was a fun project for Drew.

RESULTS:  A memorable illustration that clearly conveys the vibe of Mowdy Farms and what life is like on their farm in Oklahoma.  The illustration works perfectly for printing on a variety of merchandise as well as for branding purposes.

CASE STUDY: Mother Earth Grow Products – Branding and Illustration for product packaging

CLIENT: Sunlight Supply / Mother Earth Grow

WHEN:  October 2016 through 2018

MISSION/SCOPE OF WORK:  Design a vibrant packaging concept that’s singularly unique and that has a “family look” to tie-in Mother Earth Grow products.  Capture the vision of the Mother Earth team with illustrations that bring the products to life in a memorable way.  Design and create individual illustrations for approximately 2 dozen products.

This project was started in late 2016 and completed in 2018.  Drew Brophy designed the illustrations so that the whole of each illustration could be used for the packaging of each product AND so that elements could be extracted from the whole illustration and used for a variety of placements (advertising, merchandise, trade show assets, etc.)

RESULTS:  A cohesive, colorful packaging concept for Mother Earth Grow products that captures the essence of growing plants and that is memorable to the consumer.

Drew Brophy hand painting Mother Earth Grow Illustration to better capture the essence of life in their products.

I’ve been painting a lot of surfboards lately. 

I love it because it’s where I started with art 30 years ago – and it takes me around the world surfing and meeting cool people.

In September I traveled Indonesia, surfing and painting boards.  That surf trip evolved into a month-long Posca painting workshop party!   

Everywhere I went, people asked me to show them how to paint with Posca Paint Pens.  Kids, surfers, old guys, everyone was joining in on painting.

I’ll tell you more about Indo later, but for now, I want to tell you about my online Posca surfboard painting courses and WHY I’m giving away my painting process in both a FREE  intro version as well as an in-depth PAID version.

It’s because I love sharing the stoke of art, and I know without a doubt that the Posca painting process that I use can literally change people’s lives. 

My goal has always been to share my process with everyone who wants it.

But, there was one problem and that was:  how could I reach ALL the people that want to know how?

For years I’ve had people ask a ton of questions about painting boards:

  • How do you prepare the surface before painting?
  • What’s the best medium to paint a surfboard?  
  • How do I find ideas for my sketch?
  • How do you seal the painting so it never washes off the surfboard? 
  • What sealer do you use?

There are so many peeps asking questions that I stopped trying to answer them one-on-one because it’s not possible to answer hundreds of questions a week.

And then my wife Maria and I figured out HOW to reach all of those people:  we invested in a film crew and a new website and we created a very in-depth video course on How to Paint A Surfboard.  It took months to develop and now you can get it here.

BUT, we found that sometimes people aren’t ready to dive totally in and take the course, they just want one question answered.

So, then I developed something for those who aren’t ready to invest in a complete course:  a FREE INTRO to painting a surfboard – a 14 day e-mail course that gives the basics.  You can access that HERE.

I have a favor to ask:  If you you or someone you know has an interest in learning how to paint surfboards the right way, using a medium and process that lasts decades, please share the links in this email to both the FREE INTRO E-Course and the In-Depth Course .

I want to get these courses out into the world in a big way, and your help would be appreciated.

LEAVE A COMMENT if you have any questions about my surfboard painting courses.  I’d love to hear from you.

Life is Good – Drew

Brophy Art Gallery and Studio
PO Box 836
San Clemente, CA 92674

We are excited to announce the first ever, Lost Surfboard Artist Reunion at Catalyst Surf Shop in downtown San Clemente. 

Drew Brophy and Lost Surfboards are bringing together a dozen of the original Posca surfboard artists for one big painting celebration.

We are gifting the public mini-surfboards to paint (all free).  There will be 200 mini boards so everyone gets a chance to paint with Poscas on their own mini board.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  August 6, 2019 San Clemente, California



August 10TH 2019 from 5:00pm-10:00pm

A Surfboard Paint Party and Reunion will be held Saturday night at Catalyst Surf Shop to bring back the fun surf vibe of the 1990’s. 

Hosted by Lost Surfboards and Drew Brophy, this is the first time ever to gather together the original crew of artists who pioneered a new way of painting surfboards with Posca paint pens. 

Lost Surfboards and Drew Brophy made history over twenty years ago when they starting hand painting every surfboard with Posca Paint Pens. This tidal wave of creativity inspired artists from around the world and changed the way surfboards were painted forever.

This is a rare opportunity for the public to meet the artists and watch the collaboration.  Artists who will be painting during the event include Matt Biolos, Drew Brophy, Timmy Patterson, Max McGhee, Chad Cantcolor, Jim Zapala, Terry Shin, Randall Kramer, Thadeus Gardner, Scott Metzner and Tom Sutherland.

The public is invited to join in the celebration and paint mini-surfboards alongside the Artists, who will be painting Lost surfboards as guests watch.

Mini surfboards and painting supplies will be provided by Brophy Art Gallery at no charge while supplies last.

WHERE:  Catalyst Surf shop 124 S. El Camino Real Downtown San Clemente

When:  Saturday August 10th, 2019  5:00pm to 10:00pm

Contact: Catalyst Surf Shop at 855-429-9570

Press Contact: Maria at Brophy Art Gallery 949-678-8133 or

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