This is an illustration series of four funky hoverboard riders in a retro futuristic night scenery, a personal project that I’ve had in mind for a very long time and just recently completed. It’s a project that I’ve always wanted to do and I’m probably are going to make a bunch more of hover boarders.
When i’m looking for an idea for a personal project I often go back in time and think of what I wanted to draw but just couldn’t get it right, and as a kid i used to draw a lot of skaters doing tricks, copying images from trasher mag etc. So I wanted to do a modern version of my skateboarders, and of course they had to use hoverboards as i’m into retro futuristic stuff lately. First I wanted to integrate the characters in a futuristic city environment, but in the end I chose to put a spotlight on the hoverboarders with this kind of “80s movie scenery lightning” to create a mystic atmosphere.
Almost all of my work starts as a really quick drawing in my sketchbook, so did this project. Next step is to pass the sketch to my wacom cintiq and clean up the lines. After that I use a bunch of brushes to get an airbrush feeling to the shades and that’s where I put a lot of hours..
People have responded great to this project and i think part of that is because everyone that have seen “back to the future” are probably still dreaming about the hoverboard. For me this illustration project was a nostalgic trip, it was really cool to finally make an image that I’ve been thinking of since a kid, and I am happy that other people like this as well.