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Gemma O'Brien

Gemma O'Brien

From: Brisbane

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Our newest edition to the Volcom Womens Ambassador Program in Australia is Gemma O’brien.

Gemma is a Sydney based Artist specialising in hand-lettering, typography and illustration.

Gemma has worked with the likes of Monster Children, Kirin, New York Times, Cannon, Vodaphone & Smirnoff. In addition to commercial work, her artwork has been exhibited in numerous gallery shows and Gemma has spoken at Design conference ‘Semi permanent’.

Gemma teaches the Art of hand lettering in workshops across Australia and is heading to America later this year to teach at a design seminar in San Francisco.

Gemma caught our eye with her super funny instagram phenomenon #spewbagchallenge where she would create a pun based drawing on sick bags provided on each flight she took.. her show from the series ‘You Make Me Sick’ was loved by many and created a big buzz online.

Gemma is not only talented but gorgeous (absolute heartbreaker) and has the best smile on the planet.. In her partnership with Volcom we look forward to Gemma collaborating with us across Design, Art, Social Media and Special Events. Volcom look forward to working with Gemma and welcoming her into our wonderful world of creative liberation. Volcom to the family Gemma!

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Volcom X Hotel Steyne Riders Week - Day 1 & 2 Photo Gallery
Monday saw the beginning of the Volcom X Hotel Steyne Riders week. The fun kicked off with the legendary Ozzie Wright showing off his skills on the spray cans. He was posted up above the courtyard spray painting a live mural on a row boat for the keen crowd to enjoy. The pool room was emptied for the crazy talented Gemma O'Brien to work her magic, painting a huge mural that wrapped the walls of the room. The skate ramp is set up and a couple of our team riders Dane Burman, Jackson Pilz & Shane Azar showed their skills for the crowd to enjoy. Nightly Quick Trivia hosted by MC Azar saw some lucky guests walk home with free gear to keep the stoke levels high. Tuesday saw all the Volcom team back down their to watch Gemma O'Brien put the finishing touches on her amazing Mural in the Pool Room. Meanwhile in the courtyard Anthony Lister busted out the spray cans to paint a live mural for the onlookers to enjoy. We saw lots of little legends showing their talents on the mini ramp, team rider and legend Dane Burman even jumped on the ramp to roll with them and no doubt make their day. The team will be back down there again tonight for a big night of events! Check out the schedule here!
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A Tutorial For Adding Texture To Calligraphy In Volcom's "School Of Cool" With Gemma O'Brien
For the third and final episode of Volcom School Of Cool with Gemma O'Brien, Gemma wraps up this three part "How To" series of hand lettering tutorials by demonstrating how she adds texture to calligraphy by using balsa wood instead of a pen.   Watch the 1st episode: RAD Tutorial with Gemma O’Brien Watch the 2nd episode: Mixing Typography And Illustration Tutorial With Gemma O'Brien   In this lesson Gemma begins by showing you the basics behind her calligraphy technique and how to begin working with this style of hand lettering, to then how she adds a bit of texture to the technique by replacing the standard calligraphy pen with a piece of balsa wood. Below is a list of all the supplies you'll need to follow along with Gemma in this episode. You will need: A3 paper Pencil Ruler Balsa Wood (available at most art supply stores) Ink Lightbox (optional) Have a go and make sure you Instagram your creation, tag @volcomwomens_oz and #volcomschoolofcool and Gemma will pick her favorite to win the original signed artwork created by her in this tutorial! Enjoy creating!
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Mixing Typography And Illustration Tutorial With Gemma O'Brien For Volcom's "School Of Cool"
In the second episode of Volcom's School Of Cool, the three part "How To" series of hand lettering tutorials from Volcom Ambassador, Gemma O’Brien (aka @mrseaves101 on Instagram), Gemma guides us through combining typography with illustration. Watch the 1st episode: School Of Cool // Gemma O’Brien // RAD Tutorial In this lesson you will learn how to use an existing font to create letterforms and then integrate illustrated elements with watercolor. Below is a list of all the supplies you'll need to follow along with Gemma as well as link to a free download of Gemma's base alphabet guide template that she uses in the video. You will need: Watercolour paper Watercolour paint Lightbox for tracing (optional) Alphabet guide (download below) // Have a go and make sure you Instagram your creation, tag @volcomwomens_oz and #volcomschoolofcool and Gemma will pick her favorite to win the original signed artwork created by her in this tutorial! Enjoy creating!
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School Of Cool // Gemma O'Brien // RAD Tutorial
Welcome to the first episode of Volcom's School Of Cool, a three part "How To" series of hand lettering tutorials from Volcom Ambassador, Gemma O’Brien (aka @mrseaves101 on Instagram). Watch the 2nd episode: Mixing Typography And Illustration Tutorial With Gemma O'Brien In this first lesson Gemma demonstrates the techniques to create bold block letter forms that will give your lettering dimension and a dose of strong colour. Below is a list of all the supplies you'll need to follow along with Gemma as well as link to a free download of Gemma's base alphabet guide template that she uses in the video. You will need: Bond Paper – smooth and semi transparent Ruler Colour textas or pencils Lightbox for tracing (optional) Alphabet guide (download below) // Have a go and make sure you Instagram your creation, tag @volcomwomens_oz and #volcomschoolofcool and Gemma will pick her favorite to win the original signed artwork created by her in this tutorial! Enjoy creating!
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STUDIO DIARY FOR A SOLO SHOW: PART TWO
STUDIO DIARY FOR A SOLO SHOW: PART TWO Three weeks have past now since my solo show at China Heights opened, and after catching up on some sleep I thought I’d follow up on my studio diary with some more behind-the-scenes insights and post-show reflection about the work. THE DRAWINGS The completed Hell Yes piece set the tone for the remaining drawings. I wanted to create works that were highly detailed and utilise the list of words I’d collected that lent themselves to illustrative type treatments. While there were loose connections to spirituality and religion I didn’t want each piece to be too heavily attached to these ideas, but rather let the illustration style be the primary link between the individual pieces. I was also keen to mix up the lettering styles, like contrasting a 70s psych lettering piece (Slow Burn) alongside the art nouveau forms (Hell Yes). The floral elements ended up playing a bigger role in the series than previously expected, but were, again, a linking device between the different type styles. The wreath drawing was something I had work on some months ago and ended up fitting in with the collection. My personal favourite piece from the series was Habit vs Logic, two intricately illustrated swords with the text integrated into the body of the blade. The detailed handles for these were inspired by smaller Spanish letter openers I had picked up in my vintage-store raids earlier in the process. I like the words "Habit" and "Logic" and had originally wanted to paint these on the walls of my studio - the idea was about the battle in one’s thought process between - habit - something that comes naturally and is embedded over time and repetition and - logic - the idea of analysing something more objectively using reason rather than emotion. I like the idea of text being integrated into unique, real objects from another time or place and that these drawings could have been plans for constructing the real thing. The Noon drawing was based solely on the symmetry of the word - I liked the shapes of this palindrome and wanted to work out a way to link the “O”s together. After playing with different combinations and lettering styles I came across a reference from 15th century illuminated initials that felt like the perfect starting point. When I switched up the layout and stacked the letterforms vertically it fell into place. The dimensionality “N” I drew was a new level of detail for me and at that point I realised this was a style I wanted to carry across into the wall mural. THE MURALS < I love working large-scale for murals as the process of painting is quite different to small scale drawing - you get to use your whole body and once the initial setup with the pencils is complete I often find the painting to be quite therapeutic. For this mural I wanted to work in a lettering style that was simultaneously bold and powerful but also gracious and beautiful. Given that the initial letter shapes I drew for the Heaven mural are more traditionally associated with being small illuminated capitals on a printed page, I liked the ideas of scaling these up to large scale to give them a new context. The word Heaven worked for me both on a visual level and a conceptual one. The “A” and “V” had a nice symmetry in the centre of the word and the centre of the wall, and the style of the letterforms was like a decorative interpretation of large scale Roman letters I saw in my travels to Italy last year. The second mural was a drawing I had worked on in the very early stages of my preparation for the show based on the scientific skull split open and orchids blossoming out of it. I liked the contrast of this piece alongside the pure lettering of the main wall and it also was a key link to the idea of Hiatus - the name of the show and where the idea started. Hiatus means a break or pause in a activity - for me this show was about a pause from more commercial work to explore ideas I’d been wanting to work on for a while and it was great to dedicate a short and intense period in the studio to my these pieces. The murals were painted over four late nights in the gallery leading up to the opening. I used my usual technique of projecting the image, tracing outlines in pencil over the first evening then using the remaining time to paint fills in black. The Heaven mural was particularly challenging due to the scale. At almost 14 metres long, it took a fair bit of maths, measuring and patience to ensure the letterforms were projected straight and with the correct spacing. With some help from the guys at China Heights to get the final mural elements painted in time, it was all wrapped up just two hours before the opening at 6pm! The launch night was a great success and it was both daunting and rewarding to share the work I’d laboured over with a big audience. The show continued over the weekend before the walls were repainted white and it was back to the studio for me to start my next projects! Thanks to all that came to the opening and supported the process along the way. There are still some limited edition Hell Yes totes, Hiatus Skull and Slow Burn pins available from the China Heights store. Gemma xx @mrseaves101 @chinaheights @volcomwomens_oz
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Gemma O’Brien – True To This
Volcom Ambassador / Artist Gemma O'Brien breezes through her Sydney studio and local streets as she walks us through what 'True To This' means to her and how she went from law student to artist in this new True To This edit. Directed by Kimberley Reynolds, Filmed by Danny Camara (@dannycamara) @mrseaves_101 @volcomwomens_oz @volcomwomens More on Gemma O'Brien: A Mural Painting In Barcelona w/ Volcom Artist Gemma O'Brien Volcom Mural at Headquarters in Costa Mesa, CA.   Check out previous True To This episodes below: Volcom Stone Presents True To This: Kelly Slater, True To This since '75. Volcom Stone Presents True To This: Kyuss King, True To Trestles Volcom Stone Presents True To This: "Threezy" Volcom Stone Presents True To This: Mitch Coleborn, “I Don't Think Of Perfect Blue” Volcom Presents True To This: Harry Lintell Volcom Stone Presents True To This: Carlos Muñoz, “Addicted To The Moment” Volcom presents True To This: Dusty Payne, "Sanctuary" Volcom presents True To This: Mitch Coleborn, "Never Ending Path" Volcom presents True To This: Alex Midler Volcom presents True To This: Quincy Davis, "Montauk, NY" Volcom presents True To This: Ryan Burch, "The Rush of the Continuous Rhythm" Volcom presents True To This: "North Shore Household"