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How To Paint A Drum Skin

Updated on February 15, 2012

Rough Band Sketch

Band and Logo Sketch

Background and Moon

Logo goes on

Finished Article

Do You Want A Drum Kit That Stands Out ???

If you do then this is the place to be as I will take you through the various stages of creating your own unique drum skin for your kit!!!!!

I was asked to produce a design for a local cover's band called Echo Music, who were looking to make their stage appearance more striking and professional.

They requested several attributes that they wanted incorporated in the skin to represent them as a band and the image they want to portray.

They issued me with a few must haves, band logo, band members and striking design.

After a few design's myself and the band settled on the image you see to the right, obviously in a very simplified form at that stage.

First up I drew a back-drop of the local area to give the band a 'layout' form, to the right is an image of the initial band sketch. This gave the best visual appearance of the individual band members and as a whole.

Next up I had to sketch up the band's logo to scale, and I overlayed the sketch of the band to the logo, this was very effective as seen in picture here.

That was the easy bit done, now to transfer the design onto a stencil. I used a thin acetate to cut the image out, to ensure I could manage the whole design in one piece.

Having the design cut out, it was time for the fun bit.....spraying the skin.

I applied a background colour setting, I chose to have a two tone appearance and merged the two colours just above the centre of the skin using the variance of pressure on the spray can to blend them into one.

I also added a moon to the top to give the feeling of a landscape-type look. I think this add's a great depth to the final piece.

Underneath the background colours I had already applied a white primer layer and I used this layer to outline the band members against the darker more stark background.

Then it was time to put the logo onto the skin. This was done via the same stencil, just with the already painted parts covered, leaving the area's that the logo would cover exposed for the colour of the logo itself.

Now that the logo is on, the delicate job of removing all stencil from the skin begins. This is peeled off pulling away from the direction of the paint laying so as not to smudge the colours into each other.

This gives solid areas of colour and sharp lines giving the professional look in the completed piece.

Once the final bits of stencil have been removed, I applied a thin layer of acrylic clear varnish to be left to harden so it would protect the artwork. Using an acrylic varnish gives the skin enough flexibility to handle the reverberations of the drum.

The finished piece looks great and the band were very pleased with the outcome and I have had more work from them since.

I hope this helps you create a unique but professional drum skin for your own drum kit.

If you would like to see more of my work please visit my website here...

Or visit my facebook page here...

If you would like a bit more background information regarding the band, their website is...


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