INTRODUCTION AND PROJECT CHANGES
For this years in depth project, I chose to work around skateboards and learn as much as I could about art tips and working with decks. I learned that this project jumped quickly from what was supposed to be me painting 2-3 decks ad creating videos on them, but a global pandemic happened and I had to change the course a little bit. Thats okay! I know a lot of people also had to do this, and with Ms Mulder’s help I worked around suddenly not being able to get the decks and put more thought into amalgamating and creating notes and sketches. This turned out to be actually pretty fun and a good way to spend my time, because I really liked working in my sketchbook and I did not feel like I was completely derailed and disconnected. My new plan to finish this project was to create a few new sketches, as many as I could, and take pictures of the designs I would have wanted to do on Pinterest and such. Then I would take pictures of everything and put it into this photo essay and explain them. Attached at the bottom I have a little “BTS” collection of photos of the one board I was able to complete and a l little video. My plan was to do this sort of thing for every board I could create.
Below is a collection of images of the sketches I wanted to create as a deck and my notes on what I learned.
JUAN DE FUCA | GARIBALDI
The first deck I ever had in mind was a forest themed Garibaldi board commemorating my journey in TALONS.
WOOD STAIN WAVE
This was one of my favourite drafts. I did, I really wanted to see this come to life. I am thinking of doing this in the future, I already bought the danish oil stain I was to use.
The VW bus was going to be a deck for my mom, who loves the vibes of these vehicles. I wanted to make this one super colourful with hippie flowers on the sides I different hues of oranges and reds.
COLOUR PALETTE | TYPES OF COLOURS | MATCHING
This was definitely one of the coolest things I learned. I have always been drawn by artistic design especially of the digital kind, and learning this has helped me create and produce attractive projects both for school and for fun.
Learning brush types was the most important thing I needed to learn in order to make nice designs on wood. I wrote these notes before going out to buy them ad did additional research on what each brush was designed for.
Mixing colours was the highlight of my day here because I got to give them cool names and I really enjoyed that. Might seek future career as Paint Namer at Home Depot.
This was very hard because I have bee doing such digital-oriented schoolwork I forgot what it was like to spend time making fonts and such look nice on paper.
It is crazy to me how different and almost weird it is to ride different types of boards — my brother has since taken up a collecting hobby of skateboards (we have at least 8 In my garage) and riding the different ones is definitely super cool. If only he’d let me paint them.
BEHIND THE SCENES
It was very hard for me during the project to incorporate what I had set out to do: paint skateboards. In the end I came around to learn a lot more about the methods of painters, the materials and efforts to create a nice piece and what goes into that. It sucks how a lot of our projects ended up getting derailed, but I hope to restart and continue this in the future.
Other areas in my life where I used my skills learned throughout this project and applied them to schoolwork/life projects:
- Trying to add creative elements to on-the-go projects in other subjects (examples: just handed in a large digital mind map that took a few days to design, currently have a hand drawing/infographic/ illustration for Big History)
- Painted my bed room and bathroom as well as some pieces of furniture (was a good way to keep busy for a few days)
- Taken to seeking creative elements such as drawing small designs and doodles when I am feeling stressed or overwhelmed
- Helping my father with a side job photography and design work through SFU
- Designing and creating a garden space for outside and spending time to professionally design and seek resources for interior design for my revised bedroom, as well has building planters that require drafting and sketches
Although it did not go as planned, I am still grateful for this project. Thank you In Depth!
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