i think that looks pretty kick-ass. you should see if there's a local artist in your area who will work w/ surfboards. take them the board & a print out of that pic & say, "i want something like this." leave the rest up to their imagination.
i've got a coffee mug that my sister-in-law brought back from mexico that's really cool. i'm eventually going to take it & a plain white board to jamie kelly & ask him to paint the board to match the mug. should turn out really cool.
Putting art on boards is pretty fun, but here is my recommendation:
Do the art on the top of the board =)
I have done full painted art on 2 of my old boards. When I first moved out here to CA, I painted the entire top side of one of my plus one shortboards with a Gigantic Maryland Flag... The whole top of the board was the bas-as$ MD state flag, so when I would go sideways in the air of hit a nice top turn, the old MD flag would display... I would get the stink of from some locals, but I repped it for a long while! That was a pretty cool board..
Then I took one of my fishes, and I painted the bottom of it. I did a cartoon mural of a character that was supposed to be me, pointing two handguns, with my old website's logo and URL underneath it in Graffiti. That was a really fun project and the art turned out sick, but unfortunately, I did all the art on the bottom, so when I took the board air born, it would display and look cool, but the bottom art just slowed down the board drastically. I had my shaper clean it up and put another coat over it eventually, but the board never worked the same again. It is more art than board now... Still fun though...
Go for it, but make sure to leave the bottom clean =)
I have a few pictures of my Fish that I took down in Mexico like 5 years ago. They are on my fiance's laptop though so I will have to find and post it later. Or I could pull the ol' lady out of the storage closet, brush her off and take a new photo, but the photo years ago when she was freshly painted and riding well is a better shot. Either way I will post one later. My MD flag board snapped in half in a barrel about 4 years ago... She has been long gone =(
I'm going to draw a Phillies "P" on my board using posca paint pens. My question is whats the best way to seal it? I did a design on one of my other boards and didn't put anything over the posca and it stayed on until i took the wax off and it took the paint off as well. Also i used clear spray coat on another board i spray painted but it left a different texture on the top. it also wasn't even with the rest of the board after it dried, and is now kind of chipping off. any info to my problems would be greatly appreciated.
I definitely wouldn't claim to be a good board artist, but I've tried many times, and I think I've finally figured out how to keep it from coming off. The trick seems to be all in the preparation. Everyone I talked to told me to be sure I clean the deck first. During my first few attempts, this consisted merely of wiping it with a rag and starting the paint-job. It never worked. What I tried most recently is rubbing the crap out of it with rubbing alcohol, then a light sanding with a grit 300. This way the paint has something to bond with instead of just a smooth surface. Both boards I did in this way are holding up just fine after a week-long trip in CA and a few months back home.
That Jersey board looks awesome, by the way. Thanks to everyone for sharing your knowledge, always good to see new and better methods.