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Go Media Watercolors in Skateboard Art

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I got an email from Barton Damer, a loyal GoMediaZine reader and author of the Badass Bling Effect, Intricate Patterns in Illustrator, and Ink Bleeding Motion Graphics tutorials.

In the wake of the debate over good/bad use of our Arsenal products – Barton shows me a really great use. We all know we can’t dictate what our customers do with the stock we sell, but there are certain times we get excited when we see it put to good use. This is one of those times.

Barton used our Water Color textures and I could barely tell he did. That’s how nicely he blended his own artwork with our stock. Here’s the email he sent me which explains the design brief and how he tackled it.

Hey man! Just thought I’d drop you an email with some pics one of the skate decks i did. the Gomedia watercolors took it to another level!!!!

the project was a challenge because the owner of the company found a low res-pixelated-hard shadows-old mexican revolution poster from the 50′s and asked me to recreate it for a deck. my first thought was… CRAP! how do you do a hard shadow political piece of artwork without looking like the Shepard!? that’s where Gomedia water colors came into play! the board debut at the trade show in San Diego last week with legendary Kareem Campbell reppin’ the company! here is a detailed pic of the board where you can see i’ve used your watercolors. there’s also a blurry pic of kareem talking to someone as the iphone snapped his pic with the boards in the background.

you guys rock and your stock stuff is great (when used properly). hopefully i did it justice on this one. it was very well received at the trade show.

go media watercolors on skate decks

go media watercolors on skate decks

go media watercolors on skate decks

About the Author, Jeff Finley

I'm a partner at Go Media, a Cleveland web design and development firm. We also specialize in print design and branding. I started Weapons of Mass Creation Fest and wrote the book Thread's Not Dead, teaching artists and designers how to start a clothing company. In my spare time, I write songs and play drums in Campfire Conspiracy. I'm a happy husband and an aspiring b-boy and lucid dreamer.
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  • brian

    well there ya go

  • brian

    well there ya go

  • bruno byington

    this is so beautiful, I think this a beautiful work that you guys at gomedia can go and say that’s why we sell those arsenal vectors.

    take care

    bruno

  • Anonymous

    This is amazing! Flat bill hat off to ya!

  • http://tiffanyforrester.blogspot.com Tiffany

    This is amazing! Flat bill hat off to ya!

  • jaime.radar

    killer!

  • ChequeredManiac

    that is excellent. Such a good use of the texture and colour. Nice one.

  • http://colorburned.com Grant Friedman

    Water colors are great! There’s no better way to add little splotches of color to your work.

  • http://colorburned.com Grant Friedman

    Water colors are great! There’s no better way to add little splotches of color to your work.

  • http://blogthememachine.com Mike Smith

    Very nice use of the watercolors. Awesome board.

  • http://blogthememachine.com Mike Smith

    Very nice use of the watercolors. Awesome board.

  • bruno byington

    this is so beautiful, I think this a beautiful work that you guys at gomedia can go and say that’s why we sell those arsenal vectors.

    take care

    bruno

  • jaime.radar

    killer!

  • ChequeredManiac

    that is excellent. Such a good use of the texture and colour. Nice one.

  • Tori

    YES!…man that has to feel good!
    Barton really rocked those watercolors!

  • Tori

    YES!…man that has to feel good!
    Barton really rocked those watercolors!

  • MarcusFromPhilly

    Good use of the vec art. Not too excessive. No GM skulls weighing on the whole damn piece. lol. good exapmle. thanx for sharing.

  • MarcusFromPhilly

    Good use of the vec art. Not too excessive. No GM skulls weighing on the whole damn piece. lol. good exapmle. thanx for sharing.

  • http://www.geoffmay.com Geoff May

    badass

  • http://www.geoffmay.com Geoff May

    badass

  • http://www.carlosmosqueda.com Carlos

    That is a GREAT use of the pack. I really want to get into designing for skateboards and snowboards and am always looking for inspiration. How do you get into that crowd of designing for those companies. I always enjoy the artwork on these boards. Great job. Keep it up.

  • http://www.carlosmosqueda.com Carlos

    That is a GREAT use of the pack. I really want to get into designing for skateboards and snowboards and am always looking for inspiration. How do you get into that crowd of designing for those companies. I always enjoy the artwork on these boards. Great job. Keep it up.

  • http://www.bartondamer.com barton damer

    For me, designing boards has always been a matter of “who you know” – as they say. I’ve been skating for 20+ years (i’m 32 now) so it definitely helps any time your lifestyle fits right in with the industry you are trying to design for.

    I’m fascinated by people like Chuck Anderson who have landed such an impressive portfolio of creative work and big clients. I’ve clicked on pretty much every link off of his site (nopattern.com) and read the various online interviews he’s done. In a nutshell, it’s network, put yourself out on the web, and contact anyone and everyone you think you’d want to do work for. Sounds easy, huh? ;-)

    I’m still trying to figure that one out myself.

  • http://www.bartondamer.com barton damer

    For me, designing boards has always been a matter of “who you know” – as they say. I’ve been skating for 20+ years (i’m 32 now) so it definitely helps any time your lifestyle fits right in with the industry you are trying to design for.

    I’m fascinated by people like Chuck Anderson who have landed such an impressive portfolio of creative work and big clients. I’ve clicked on pretty much every link off of his site (nopattern.com) and read the various online interviews he’s done. In a nutshell, it’s network, put yourself out on the web, and contact anyone and everyone you think you’d want to do work for. Sounds easy, huh? ;-)

    I’m still trying to figure that one out myself.

  • Scott

    i saw these boards at the show, look even better in person. I have been a skater for 20 plus years, and nothing beats seeing your finished art work on a skateboard.

  • Scott

    i saw these boards at the show, look even better in person. I have been a skater for 20 plus years, and nothing beats seeing your finished art work on a skateboard.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve kept going back to this all weekind! … I suddenly want to buy the watercolor textures pack… lol :)

  • http://tiffanyforrester.blogspot.com TIffany

    I’ve kept going back to this all weekind! … I suddenly want to buy the watercolor textures pack… lol :)

  • Anonymous

    “weekind” should be “weekend” in my last post…

  • http://tiffanyforrester.blogspot.com TIffany

    “weekind” should be “weekend” in my last post…

  • jaime.radar

    i just posted a piece i whipped up using pretty much the free watercolor downloads (i dont have them loaded on my office computer so had to work with those). not quite as killer as the skate decks, but i’m happy with it, and its definitely worked into the piece.

    http://jaimeradar.wordpress.com

  • jaime.radar

    i just posted a piece i whipped up using pretty much the free watercolor downloads (i dont have them loaded on my office computer so had to work with those). not quite as killer as the skate decks, but i’m happy with it, and its definitely worked into the piece.

    http://jaimeradar.wordpress.com

  • http://designblurb.com/ Eli

    Looks sweet.

  • http://designblurb.com/ Eli

    Looks sweet.

  • Alex

    That board is sick! If I could skate, and I really wish I could, I’d rock that one for sure.

  • Alex

    That board is sick! If I could skate, and I really wish I could, I’d rock that one for sure.

  • Hate Seeker

    unbelievable… good/bad use? so you sell stock designs then critique/criticize your customer’s work? …whether you like or dislike should be kept to your self, you are the seller… what business school did you attend? you did the same nonsense – negatively criticized the target tees.

    never use the word good or bad describing your customers… simply create a portfolio… like on gomedia.us …if you like the work use it in the portfolio, dont like it, dont use it. geez. unbelievable that you are discussing customers and users of your stock in a public forum… post a picture and let users make comments… keep your opinion to your self.
    ————-
    Gomediazine.com is bad use of the Gomedia Brand.
    see how it feels when someone speaks negatively of what you are doing?

  • Hate Seeker

    unbelievable… good/bad use? so you sell stock designs then critique/criticize your customer’s work? …whether you like or dislike should be kept to your self, you are the seller… what business school did you attend? you did the same nonsense – negatively criticized the target tees.

    never use the word good or bad describing your customers… simply create a portfolio… like on gomedia.us …if you like the work use it in the portfolio, dont like it, dont use it. geez. unbelievable that you are discussing customers and users of your stock in a public forum… post a picture and let users make comments… keep your opinion to your self.
    ————-
    Gomediazine.com is bad use of the Gomedia Brand.
    see how it feels when someone speaks negatively of what you are doing?

  • socoduce

    Have you ever sat back an really felt how sweet it is to see something you’ve done affect so many?

  • socoduce

    Nice work BTW

  • socoduce

    Have you ever sat back an really felt how sweet it is to see something you’ve done affect so many?

  • socoduce

    Nice work BTW

  • http://www.puteraaladin.blogspot.com putera_aladin

    wow.nice work..

  • http://www.puteraaladin.blogspot.com putera_aladin

    wow.nice work..

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    Wow Cool !
    Super Man
    Nice Site

  • http://www.mylot.com/BuyNowOnlin/ ordersomabuyg

    Wow Cool !
    Super Man
    Nice Site

  • http://alanvalek.com alanvalek.com

    Nice job.

  • http://alanvalek.com alanvalek.com

    Nice job.

  • http://cruciald.com john

    Just wanted to thank Barton and GoMedia for this and their other posts. I am currently working on a new project that was inspired directly by this post. You can check it out at http://cruciald.com/beheard . Thanks again you guys awesome work.

    http://cruciald.com

  • http://cruciald.com john

    Just wanted to thank Barton and GoMedia for this and their other posts. I am currently working on a new project that was inspired directly by this post. You can check it out at http://cruciald.com/beheard . Thanks again you guys awesome work.

    http://cruciald.com

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  • http://www.ridemomentum.com Jamis

    At Momentum Sports we’re going to be using some of these brushes on decks aswell.

  • http://www.ridemomentum.com Jamis

    At Momentum Sports we’re going to be using some of these brushes on decks aswell.

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    Using internet is simple as hell. But I can tell y ou right now, it can be very hard, if you are the first time user.
    So, first thing I suggest – open the Explorer, and type in the address you like.
    You’ll get there really fast, it depends on your connection speed.
    Good luck.

  • Dan

    Excellent job..
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