Bordo Bello Skate Deck Work in Progress



I’m almost finished creating an illustrated skate deck for Denver’s Bordo Bello┬áby AIGA Colorado. The last time I illustrated a skate deck I used a dip pen and ink. If only I had known then that Sharpies were the perfect tool! I love the way this deck is coming out and I have high hopes that it will do well at auction. Unfortunately I’ll be on my way to APE, so I’ll miss the big party but if you’re in Denver on September 30th you’ve got to check it out!

The illustration is based on Chilean flag trees. In the southern part of Chile it is so consistently windy that the trees are forced to grow almost horizontally if they want to survive. It’s an amazing phenomenon! I’m also working on an illustrated map of Chile that I will be able to share in a few months.

Are custom skate decks something you would be interested in purchasing? I’m having a blast with this and would love to create one for you too!



Barnum & Bailey: After Hours

Yesterday I put the finishing touches on the skate deck I’ve been illustrating fo the Montana Skatepark’s On Deck Auction. This was the first time I’ve done anything with a skate deck so it was a great challenge. You can bid on the deck’s up for auction in early April, I believe and the opening reception will be May 6th. If you’re in the area, please check it out!

I know it’s a bit tough to see, but here are the pencils that I started with. I’m not an amazing photographer, as you may have guessed.


Then I started inking using a dip pen and india ink. What my ink test on the other side of the deck didn’t tell me was that the ink was going to have a tendency to bead up on the slick surface.

Despite that, I decided that I liked the rough look it gave the drawing and just went with it.

Drawing in proper perspective was a huge challenge on a surface that’s curved in more places that you might think. And photographing it properly was really tough. If anyone knows how to turn this into a digital line drawing, please get in touch! I’d love to sell this as a print as well.

Sketchbook Month – Day 16


Today I decided to post my sketch for the Montana Skatepark’s On Deck auction. I volunteered to decorate one for the auction. I’m not really into skate culture and have never decorated a skate deck, so it’s an interesting challenge.

With this one I was putting way too much pressure on myself since I knew lots of people would see it and it would be auctioned off. I’m finally happy with my plan for this circus performer happy hour. I was already excited about the illustration and then I added the drunk circus master which really brought everything together for me. Sometimes one little thing can make a big difference. I’ll be posting some process photos once it’s finished, which will probably be next week.