I was very honored to be invited to participate in this year's AIGA Bordo Bello skateboard design exhibition that will take place in New York in April. I have never designed a skateboard so it was an interesting challenge for me.
I started thinking about it couple of weeks ago and had many different ideas sketched out and I even fully designed of them. But I really wanted to do something with the space theme.
Couple of weeks ago I went home to visit my friends and family and found one magazine that I managed to save over time. About 10 years ago around 2002/03 I did my very first web site that I actually got paid for. It was a site for my friend who owned a book store in Tallinn and he was paying me with whatever I could find in his store — books and magazines. Back then I was still studying architecture in college and was digging through the pile of architectural books as I could not afford to buy them. That was the time when I came across a series of magazines called "Project Russia" and specifically issue about COSMOS ("Project Russia", Issue #1, 2000). This issue was dedicated to artists and engineers who worked on space stations back in 60-80s with illustrations of space station interiors and concepts that never came to life. Over years I had so many magazines that I just threw away, but this one was the only one I kept and brought back to New York. So I had this magazine sitting on my desk while working on the concepts for the deck and I definitely wanted to follow that topic.
Here are some scanned images from the magazine that definitely inspired me a lot:
Here's a process of working on a deck from sketch to a final version. First I've been sketching on paper and then took a photo of it on the iPhone and continued sketching in Photoshop with a real skateboard shape (Image 1 and 2). Then I imported the sketch made in Photoshop to Illustrator where I created clean outlines using a Wacom pen (Image 3). After that I exported outlines back into Photoshop and continued coloring it until the final print version (Image 4).
And here are some zoomed in elements