Archive for January, 2012
Posted on 31. Jan, 2012 by Dunkees.
Most people who draw or do any kind of graphic design will often find a cool effect by complete accident. Some of the coolest skateboard graphics I have drawn or designed, where done by doing something “wrong” and creating something completely new and different. If you really think about it… what if they are not accidents at all. What if it’s your subconscious mind taking over? And it knows exactly what it needs to press to create that effect. The human mind is a powerful thing and there is very little we know about it.
Posted on 24. Jan, 2012 by Dunkees.
Skateboard graphics started as a way for skaters to add a little something extra to make their decks their own. When skaters started becoming pro, they painted their own graphics on to decks and sold them to make money. They didn’t get huge checks and tons of free stuff like pros do today. As skateboarding became more popular, ways of adding graphics on to boards changed. Today you have silk screen skateboard graphics, or use a heat transfer press and print the graphics right on. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages. Dunkees chose skateboard decks as a way to showcase their graphics, because it makes for the perfect canvas.
Posted on 18. Jan, 2012 by Dunkees.
Not only do skateboards make for a great time outside, they also look great mounted on the wall. Perfect for game rooms and general room decoration, Dunkees skateboard graphics will set you apart from the rest. Don’t forget that we can, also create a custom skateboard graphic just for you. Tell us what you want on there and we will take care of the rest. Skateboard graphics made easy!
Posted on 13. Jan, 2012 by Dunkees.
Most people who see a Dunkees skateboard deck for the first time always think the graphics on the skate deck are hand drawn right on the skateboard deck. A lot of times we get asked what program is used to create our graphics.
All Dunkees skateboard decks are drawn in Adove Illustrator using a Wacom tablet. Most of the time we sketch a drawing on paper first, then scan it in to the computer and use the Wacom tablet in Illustrator to create the final graphic on the skateboard deck. The reason for the common misconception of people thinking the graphics are hand draw right on the skateboard deck, is because of the format that illustrator uses. The format is called Vector. Rather than use small squares to create an image ( pixels ), vector format programs use math to calculate where everything is on the screen. What this does is allow the art to be scaled in to any size imaginable and still retain its sharp look. The negative aspect of the vector format is that it is very hard to fade colors and make things look 3D.
We chose the harder to use vector format, for the simple aspect that the end result will be a much better skateboard deck.