I’m excited to finally show you guys my first skate deck design – hand painted over the last few months!

I thought I would go through the concept behind this and let you in on my ideas for the composition. I wanted to put together a piece in my favourite traditional style and use some common imagery to tell a bit of a story.

The lantern and heart represent us as humans and life we live, bright and shining, the center of everything, at least in our own universe. Whereas the the moths with skulls represent death, always present and circling, flying nearer the brighter we get, seemingly drawn to the light we emit. Until that time the light goes out and the moths move on to the next shiny thing.

I am a fan of maintaining symmetry throughout my pieces. I used the lantern as the focal point and then balanced the board, adding two moths and two roses.

I wanted to make sure each piece really stood out on the black background, so I used a fairly solid colour pallet of traditional reds, blues and greens to make each object a statement in its own right, then made them pop with an outline of gold for each.

To get this effect I used range of acrylic paint as they blend really well and you can easily water down/mix to change the colour and consistency. I then used a clear sealant to give the board a smooth, shiny finish.

This hand painted design will be up for sale at my Etsy store in the near future. 

I am already working on my next Skate deck design which is a nautical themed and cant wait to share that soon.


Have you painted a skate deck before? How did it turn out?

Let me know in the comments below.

And don’t forget to follow my blog for art updates and to see all my latest pieces!

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