The story behind the Surfboard painting (and other boards)

Creating, Exploring


In 2012 I started skateboarding. Why? How? After my trip to Australia and my first attempts to surfing, I decided that was something I wanted to pursue. But my hometown lies by the Mediterranean sea, which is not famous for its waves. So, I thought, while I can’t go surfing, I can try skateboarding. Time passed and I discovered that surfing wasn’t impossible here… but that’s another story.


The first one of the series

I started the skateboarding painting in 2013 with an illustration that was purely digital. The Skate, Love, Live was made taking as a reference a picture of my first skateboard. The letters where drawn loosely in illustrator and the whole thing was mixed in photoshop, where the main painting process went on. There are also some photographic textures and flowers that add another depth of texture, which are drawn directly on the computer too.

In 2014 I decided I wanted to make the snowboard. I drew it on illustrator and it kept that way for a long time. I wasn’t even sure that it would become a painting. A year later I rescued it and brought some watercolour paintings as backgrounds. I used the technique of drawing the lines for flowers and plants to add that peculiar texture aesthetic.


The Surfboard

This summer I decided it was time to go for the surfboard illustration. My favourite board but maybe not my favourite painting.


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The process

My main idea was to mix the watercolour paintings ( flowers, sea textures) with the surfboard, and to continue with the series, some lettering or  typo.

I played with those elements for a while.


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But that hand-drawn letters didn’t convince me. I made some new letters with Glyphs.

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And tried a new background texture and composition.

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This was starting to look like I had in mind. But there was no balance.


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So I figured out how to improve it. Then I wanted a different look for the surfboard. So I played a long with different layers.


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And this is my final piece, the one that convinced me more.

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