Wheres Drew

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 very happy to announce that the Franklin G. Burroughs • Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, S.C. is curating a Drew Brophy Retrospective Exhibition the summer of 2018. 

Many of Drew’s collectors are graciously loaning their Brophy paintings for the exhibition, and for that, we are very grateful.

MAKING WAVES – A Drew Brophy Retrospective

Franklin G. Burroughs Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – June 23rd through September 16 2018.

This is the first museum exhibition devoted to the full scope of the career of Drew Brophy, considered to be one of the most prolific surf inspired artists in history.    Brophy began his art career in his hometown of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  The exhibition presents an opportunity to study the artist’s development over three decades, beginning with his early illustration works as a teenager, to his surfboard painting explosion in the 1990’s, and onto his illustrated career designing everything under the sun in action sports.  There will also be an introduction into the current fine art paintings inspired by Drew’s love for nature and physics.

The exhibition includes over fifty original art pieces and will occupy Myrtle Beach Art Museum’s entire first floor gallery space, totaling approximately 1,700 square feet.

Brophy’s retrospective includes paintings, drawings, sketches and surfboards.  Included in the exhibition are the artist’s most iconic paintings—among them Pure Joy (2001), Sunrise (2006), and celebrated surfboard triptychs from the 1990’s.  Also exhibited will be Brophy’s art on skateboards, wakeboards and apparel, and the accompanying paintings that were used to design them.

Brophy’s career as an illustrator and painter comes full circle in this upcoming exhibition, as he is bringing his art that he created around the world, back home again.

Brophy’s unique style of artwork has inspired thousands of artists to take up painting, using his favorite mediums and emulating his distinct painting style.  (Some of the pieces on exhibit are available and can be acquired here.)

Drew Brophy and his wife Maria will be available at the exhibition for the first two weeks, leading several scheduled, guided tours.

EXHIBITION DETAILS:

Franklin G. Burroughs • Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum Myrtle Beach
3100 South Ocean Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577     843-238-2510

Opening Date:  June 23, 2018

Closing Date:  September 16, 2018

Opening Day Celebration:  From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 23, 2018.  Celebration will include live music, a hands-on-community mural painting project and surf-inspired workshops.  All events are FREE for the public (except the workshop which is $50/person).

LIVE EVENTS WITH DREW AND MARIA BROPHY:

OPENING DAY:  Sat.  June 23  11-3
Exhibit Tour:  Fri. June 29  2 p.m.
Exhibit Tour:  Sat. June 30 10:30 a.m.
LIVE POSCA Workshop:  Sat. June 30 1-4 p.m. $50/person
LIVE POSCA Workshop:  Sun. July 1 1-4 p.m.  $50/person
Exhibit Tour:  Tues. July 3  2 p.m.
Exhibit Tour:  Thurs. July 5  2 p.m.

**NOTE:  To attend Posca Painting Workshop:  Call the museum to register at 843-238-2510.

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 good living as an artist for over 30 years, using the medium of opaque, water-based paint pens made by Uni Posca.   He has painted surfboards, skateboards, motorcycles, guitars, canvas, just about everything, with this medium.

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

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

This is a full day workshop, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break in between.   (Lunch is on your own – there are many places to eat within walking distance of the workshop.)  WORKSHOP IS ONLY OPEN TO TEN PEOPLE.

All painting supplies will be provided, all you need to bring is your imagination and your sketchbook (optional)! 

You will begin and finish a painting in this workshop, regardless of your experience level.  In one day, you will learn Drew’s most impactful techniques, including HOW TO: 

  • Prepare your painting surfaces
  • Create the perfect composition
  • Design color schemes
  • Blend the colors
  • Use Drew’s color blending combinations
  • Properly seal your art on various surfaces
  • Earn money $$ using these painting techniques

This is a rare opportunity for artists to spend time with Drew on a personal level.  This is his first hands-on private workshop in years.

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 30 years.

WHEN:  January 27th, 2018, SATURDAY, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

WHERE:  Brophy Art Gallery and Design Studio, 139 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672

SIGN UP: Three ways to sign up:

1 – Go to PAINT PEN WORKSHOP SIGN UP

2 – Call Maria Brophy at 949-678-8133 with a credit card number.

3 – Send payment in the amount of $275.00 via Paypal to mariab@drewbrophy.com – include your name and phone number in the comments section of the payment form on Paypal.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU IF YOU FALL UNDER ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

  • You are an artist who has mastered other mediums and want to try something new to get your creative juices flowing, or;
  • You have never painted before, and want an easy-to-use medium to begin your endeavors as an artist, or;
  • You have been using water based paint pens as a medium but want to up-level your skills, or;
  • You have never tried the paint pens, but you want to learn.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WORKSHOP?  Email mariab@drewbrophy.com or call 949-678-8133.

IMPORTANT:  Sign up quick – class is limited to ONLY 10 artists!

*Please note some of our links lead to affiliate sites where we may earn a small commission if you purchase from our links*

Uni-Posca Paint Markers

FRIDAY:  December 1, 2017:  I’m giving a free demo on how to use UNI POSCA Paint Pens.   From 6-8 p.m.

WHERE:  Artists and Craftsman Supply Store, 701 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33125.

WHAT:  Learn all about these great water-based paint pens.

During this demonstration I will share many different tips and techniques while you join in and create your own mini drawing with POSCA paint pens.

PRICE:  It’s FREE.

Hope to see you in Miami!

This week I’ve been working on a few painting projects; two fine art surfboard commissions and two sacred geometry commissions.  (You can see them in progress on Instagram.)

But the big news is this:  My favorite paint pen company, Posca, and I have teamed up and they are finally getting Posca paint pens distributed in the USA.

Posca paint pens have been my medium of choice since the late 1980’s, especially for painting surfboards, and I also use them on canvas and most everything else.  They enable me to work fast, they blend easily and the colors are bright and bold.

For more than a decade, I’ve wanted to make Poscas easier to get in the USA.  Now its finally happening, and I’m stoked that I’ll be doing selected Posca painting demos around the country at different art stores and events.  This has helped me get back to my roots and demonstrate my beginnings painting surfboards, which is so much fun.

(Look for Posca to arrive to your local art store, and if they don’t have them, ask for them.)

This August 18 and 19 is the RIP CURL GROM SEARCH at Jenette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina.  

I will be there with the Posca crew, guiding people to paint their own surfboards using Poscas.  

If you’re local, come see me on the beach at the Pier – I’ll be do what I’m always doing:  painting.

If you have any questions for me, leave a comment.  I read every one and would be stoked to hear from you!

Life is Good – Drew

Drew Brophy
Artist, illustrator, surfer
San Clemente, CA