Here at Rainy Sun we are all about creativity, exploring other design areas and basically use our imagination to put art and design in everything we do.
Lately we have been working on an upcoming project with Shore Life Florida and we have created our first long board, and just to be clear, when I say “we created” I mean we cut the wood, sand it, drill the holes, etc. It’s been quite a learning experience, very rewarding and fun. Jorge has been the one working close to Shore Life folks on building the longboards and I worked on the illustration. This is the first one from which I hope it will be a project that will grow into something bigger and awesome. To see details on how hard Jorge worked on putting together the board check our our post “Latest news. Boards, travel and more!”
SKETCHING & INSPIRATION
As you can imagine, the sun and the sea are a constant factor for inspiration on West Palm Beach. It was not an exception when I started sketching for the illustration on the top of the board. The sketch on paper came out from my hand as it was there just waiting for me to take a pencil. I honestly think this is one of the fastest sketches I have ever done. It’s quite simple, clean lines with no shadows or much detail. Since this was our first long board, and it was for Shore Life I didn’t really want to take to much risks so I kept it simple and clean.
Once the sketch was approved, I used a sketch charcoal pencil do draw the sketch (freehand) on the board, its thickness and smoothness made the strokes softer and visible on the surface of the board which had been varnished. Once the sketch was on the board I drew it once again, this time using “Paint Sharpies”, regular Sharpies won’t work as good. The black of these paint Sharpies is really deep and shiny.
The underneath part of the board was design by Jorge who also did the black frame around it with black spray. The whole design came out pretty cool and to finish it off we covered with several layers of varnish and clear sand so is not slippery, it actually has a great grip to it.
So there you have it, our first long board and Jorge trying it out. It has been a great experience and personally I’m looking forward to do more in the near future, I think we might have a good market here!
Hope you are all enjoying the spring… Summer is coming fast and at least I know I’ll be rolling out in one of these!
Art Director & Founder
Rainy Sun LLC