I’m Jarryn Dower, a 24 year old artist from Australia who re-purposes old surfboards, giving them a new life as artwork with detailed illustrations of surf/beach inspired themes.
Having grown up around the Surf Coast, the beach and surf culture has had a large influence on my interests and lifestyle, which I’ve now translated into art. I first began this style of artwork early 2014 as a hobby between University assignments.
I’ve always liked to be creative and unique with my art, so using surfboards were the perfect canvas to express myself. Every board has a story to tell of its past life through the decals, dings and fade marks. It’s great to be able to combine all of that character with its new life as a piece of artwork. A lot of work goes into each board, from the early stages of preparing the surface to drawing on, conceptualising the design, and creating the artwork. Depending on the design and medium, the board art will take anywhere from 40 – 70 hours to complete, spanning 2 – 6 weeks.
I mostly use a stippling technique with Posca Pens, creating an image out of hundreds of thousands of dots. The process is very time consuming, requiring a lot of patience, however the end result is very rewarding, seeing all of that time, energy and hard work come together!