Build me a Longboard – from scratch do design

Last week I made my first complete longboard. It was a long term wish on my to-do list as I consider skateboarding as an integral facet of urban culture and the decks being an artistic medium of it’s own kind. An object, a canvas, something useful being further modified by the marks of the urban playground.

My starting point was a blank uncut deck. The designs were spontaneous ideas. I wanted to use the griptape in a designful way. Therefore I cut it out partially and made an underlying colour fading at first. The second thought and element is the triangle with the rounded ideas. That is a reminiscence of the ‘play’-button on tape decks.

The bottom design was a result of a few thoughts coming together: I wanted to honour the material of the deck and leave part of the decks free so one can see the structure of the wood. I also wanted to paint a picture and include the message of sustainability. Therefore the idea of a cosmic tree was born.

Here are some shots of the progress and the final design.

On a sidenote, the sharkwheels are awesome!

DIY Longboards 2020 in Kamp-Lintfort (Workshop)

From blank uncuts to self-designed finished boards.

Additionally this workshop was done under the star of sustainability, which was a guiding aspect alongside being an integrative workshop where refugees and established kids came together for this successful project.

With almost 40 degrees we had a seriously hot time. The kids were very keen and worked hard to achieve their own board, including shaping, cutting, grinding, coating, developing own designs and applying them, the final coating, attaching griptape and the final assemble of the trucks, bearings and wheels.

Without further ado, here are some impressions:


>>> If you are interested have a look here at my portfolio for further details. <<<

Brick Art_digital

New times offer new paths. This one leading to developing educational content online. Actually I am concentrating on a specific technique of making pictures with bricks.

There has been a cooperation with the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg, showing how to easily make abstract art with simple plates.


Right now there is another tutorial online. This one was developed in cooperation with the Clemens Sels Museum Neuss in Neuss. It’s a two-part tutorial and further explains and demonstrates an approach to pictoral expressions with an extended palette of elements, exemplified by adapting a painting of the German painter Heinrich Hoerle. Hoerle is influenced by Expressionism and Constructivism.

Brick Art – Built pictures (part 1)

Brick Art – Built pictures (part 2)

And here’s the built picture of Heinrich Hoerle’s ‘Rheinische Landschaft’ from 1932. The original painting is part of the collection of the Clemens Sels Museum Neuss, all image rights of that picture belong to them.

There is also a radio article at News 89.4 covering the project.

JH AGF-7000 w tan paint job

Long time I was seeking that TLG would release the large quarter circle piece in tan. And now with the new pirate cove set it finally happened. Still a few parts are not available in tan, most was fine to replace with a similar part, except one (2 same pieces) prominent part. Can you spot it?

Here’s the tan version of my interpretation of the famous

Alakuneda Think Tank as seen in the Ghost in the Shell anime.

 

Gallery

Here you can find the building instructions for the light grey version.

More models from the GitS universe:

Jigabachi

Logicoma

Skarabaeus HJF-43

Back to space-ics

You know, sometimes you build something to a certain extent and that you cannot finish it somehow. Then it lays around for some time, you look at it several times and eventually the final direction comes to shape so you manage to finish it off – this is exactly one of those creations! If there is an existing design or a synopsis of a few designs there is a clear path to follow, but creating a new original design is just different.

BTW there are a whole load of this kind of projects spread across my creative lab.

 

Building notes

I fiddled around with the large flat curvy panels and my limited parts available in dark tan. It happened that this insect-shell like design came out. My love for the small flags urged me to look how I could add them and the overall design was born.

The build is based upon the traditional Vic Viper wing-layout – two prongs, two rear-sided wings and a tailfin.

It has space for a small minifigure, being positioned up side down – as this matters in space LOL

Therefore the the underside become also a legit upperside.

A friend pointed out the view from the top and bottom being nice stand alone images, so the masks had a spin-off.

 

Long talk, here’s the full show, enjoy!

Gallery

Brick Art – live and direct / perspectives

Online tutorials and workshops

Unfortunately my full-time engagement in arts and education IRL has been hit by the shutdown, which is quite sad in many ways.

Now, after some time of thinking and tinkering, I started developing new ideas and concepts. Luckily a few of my project partners in the arts and education field gave me options to develop new formats. One first project is a short simple tutorial upon creating abstract, structural pictures with Brick Art. It has been broadcasted at facebook. Many thanks to the educational team of the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg, Germany and their program CITY ATELIER (Studio) digital.

The tutorial will be in german.

Another one will be a webinar with a focus on interaction coming soon.


FUTURE VIEW and participation

Alongside these projects some ideas come to my mind, of how to proceed with my mission to spread creativity and teach individual artistic approaches.

Now I am considering to make more tutorials and to offer workshops with artistic approaches and encourage developing ones own ideas.

My thoughts lead me to consider platforms and content, as well as reaching the interested audience and what forms of support are legit. Actually I’m considering to use the patreon platform for this enterprise.

Now, if you have similar thoughts in this direction, I’d be happy to to be in touch with you, either directly by mail (info[at]cole-blaq[dot]com) or in the comments at the social media pages. This will help developing this idea and bringing it live.

If you want, you can also sign-in for a future mailing list with information regarding the project. Just send me a mail with the subject ‘Mailing list Brick Art’.

Thank you for your interest

-Cole

 

 

El Groupo [the gathering]

Presenting a small series of spray can characters I built over the last few months.

They’re all in midi scale compared to the 1:1 Inside the Spraycan series. Further down you can find the single interpretations.

To celebrate the series and to share my art work as a hard copy I have released an edition of 20 of the Ethereal Being. Each piece comes with a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity.  One piece will be available for 100€. Your support will help me and my family in this uncertain lockdown situation. All planned creative workshops have been cancelled.

If you are interested shoot me a mail.

There is also a chance to get a piece for free, check my instagram account for details.

Ethereal Being

 Tales from the Crypt

Top Gear

Deity

Metatrain

Meta is one of the rare Street Artists in my city who’s work is absolutely original. He inittiated a spontaneous project, after finding a book with pictures of trains in a pile of rubbish on the streets. He forwarded all of the countless fantastic images of real and model trains to many of his Graffiti and Street Art colleagues. I was lucky to be able to pick a train from the book and the SNCF Jouef BB 26000 locomotive immediately caught my attention with the vision of a brick-ified version. The project sat on my desk for about two years before recently I managed to make my version.

I concentrated on the basic shape, the color scheme and some distinct details. As just copying something in existence does not attract me, I decided to implement two twists. First of all I wanted to break the train while keeping the shape. Secondary I included my alias into the sides of the trains, referring to Graffiti and the expression bombing a train.

The blueprint (Original image courtesy to Bernard Canet / Jouef)

And a WIP shot of the sketch and the forged side wall.

Bugsy and Malone

They always appear as a team.

 

Welcome the newest members of the metallic family.

Titanite sq-01

Something Cyberpunk/Anime/GitS inspired with a heavy dash of titanium metallic.

Btw it’s Marchikoma, the time to show the iconic robot class some love.