Original design for skateboard

The Process

Step 1: Prime

I began by sanding down the deck to create a smooth finish which allows the paint to adhere to the surface better. I taped up the sides of the board to create clean edges. Afterwards, I primed my board with three layers of Golden's gesso paint, alternating brush stroke direction between each layer. I allowed a few hours of drying time in between each layer to ensure it was completely dried. For the last step of priming, I lightly went over with fine sandpaper to create a completely smooth surface so minimal brush strokes would appear through the paint.

Step 2: Sketch & Transfer

Whilst I waited for the gesso to dry, I worked on the design for the deck. I transferred the drawing to the board by using graphite and pressure on the reverse of the image.

Step 3: Paint

For this piece, I was really keen to achieve a flat style of painting I had done in my 'Psychogeography' piece. For that painting, I had used gouache, but as this isn't a durable paint, I opted to use Golden's fluid acrylic paint. During this process, I found a few layers of paint were required in order to make the paint completely flat and opaque

Prepping & Priming board

Step 4: Marker Pen

To add detail to the painting, I opted to draw around the edges. Initially, I used fineliner, however, this didn't work as the paint didn't absorb the ink and it continued to smudge. I used a thin marker pen instead and found this was a good alternative.

Final board

Transfer of drawing onto board