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Old 10-08-2010, 11:22 PM
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If there is a thread for this already I apologize. I did a search for bass drum art, drum art, and art and did not find one.

This is my bass drum head I painted recently. It is supposed to have that weathered and worn Americana folkart look (it looks more worn in person than in the photos).

Anybody out there got some pics of their drum head art...whether you did it or had it done?

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Old 10-09-2010, 12:33 AM
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You must be in Texas.
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Old 10-09-2010, 02:18 AM
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Nope. To the east of you. Where men are men, and sheep are nervous.
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Old 10-09-2010, 02:23 AM
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That looks great! How did you work the wrinkles in the star, also what medium did you use?
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Old 10-09-2010, 02:30 AM
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Here ya go, hand painted by your truly (the Pearl logo is painted to)

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Old 10-09-2010, 02:46 AM
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That looks great! How did you work the wrinkles in the star, also what medium did you use?
Thanks. Those are scratched out to look like it has been chipped or banged up.

I cut a stencil, taped it on in sections, and used spray paint.
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Old 10-09-2010, 03:54 AM
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Nope. To the east of you. Where men are men, and sheep are nervous.
NZ?
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Old 10-30-2010, 10:22 PM
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Did this myself a year or two ago:


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Old 10-31-2010, 02:33 AM
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WOW, all of you guys are really really GOOD!!!!!

theres some pretty amazing stuff there.. Can you guys tell me what type of head, and what type of paint you guys used?? Just by seeing these heads, it sort of inspired me to try one out myself.. Good stuff guys.

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Old 10-31-2010, 11:22 AM
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WOW, all of you guys are really really GOOD!!!!!

theres some pretty amazing stuff there.. Can you guys tell me what type of head, and what type of paint you guys used?? Just by seeing these heads, it sort of inspired me to try one out myself.. Good stuff guys.

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I used Prismacolor paint markers and just a normal, smooth mylar head (I think this was an EMAD resonant, which is exactly the same as an EQ2 or something like that). Any head and any kind of marker will work, though. A coated head will absorb the ink better than a clear/smooth head, of course. You have to practice a little bit to get the effect you're after.
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Old 10-31-2010, 03:37 PM
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That is sweet, Matt!!!!

Mine was a project to cover up a previous botched attempt at "drum art". Originally I had planned on doing a 1920s pin up (ala Alphonse Mucha) type painting on a Remo Fiberskyn head. I didn't like the drawing I did that well and couldn't find a paint that stuck very well. I am sure there is one out there but I got impatient and had a gig coming up and wanted something on the head in time for it. I had seen some Americana style folkart in a magazine and thought this might look good. So I bought a can of red primer which was the closet color I could find in what I wanted, made some stencil out of paint tape and fired away. I used some sandpaper to give it a scuffed look.
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Old 10-31-2010, 03:51 PM
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I used Prismacolor paint markers and just a normal, smooth mylar head (I think this was an EMAD resonant, which is exactly the same as an EQ2 or something like that). Any head and any kind of marker will work, though. A coated head will absorb the ink better than a clear/smooth head, of course. You have to practice a little bit to get the effect you're after.
Awesome! So just using prisma markers works? My girlfriend is an artist and uses prisma markers, I might ask her to do something on my bass drum head.
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Old 10-31-2010, 05:04 PM
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really cool guys

can i ask you what you used to do this?

a white bass drum head i assume?
what paint? does any work ?

i have lots of very arty friends that might enjoy working on something for a college course :P
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Well this one is nothing compared to what you guys have up, but its one i did as a kid MANY a year ago.. For a punk band i had going on at the time.. Painted it on a clear 16" kick with oil pains.. i guess im happy with the results.. Im going to see if i get started on another one soon.. I guess the message seemed like a good idea at the time jaja


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Awesome! So just using prisma markers works? My girlfriend is an artist and uses prisma markers, I might ask her to do something on my bass drum head.
Well, for my bass drum head the only ones that worked were the metallic paint markers (you have to shake it and depress the tip for the ink/paint to come out). I have a whole bunch of other regular Prismacolor markers that I've used on my other heads (see the photo below). They work great on these clear and coated heads but because my bass drum head is black, they didn't show up very well on there.

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I used to do my own art, simple silhouettes and such, but occasionally had some work done by pros.

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Old 11-01-2010, 08:11 PM
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that's awesome bermuda, I like how you decided to change your hair cut too in the second pic ;)
also mattwalker + jimi hendrix, love those.
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Some really cool stuff on here. I ordered a custom airbrushed Peter Criss bass drum head for my 70's Pearl set about 6 years ago - I couldn't believe how good it came out. Here's the artist's site:

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Sorry not a close up, old shot of my kit. Done for super price by Drum Art. He also did a bullshead one for our Brooks and dunn tribute show

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Well, for my bass drum head the only ones that worked were the metallic paint markers (you have to shake it and depress the tip for the ink/paint to come out). I have a whole bunch of other regular Prismacolor markers that I've used on my other heads (see the photo below). They work great on these clear and coated heads but because my bass drum head is black, they didn't show up very well on there.
Those are awesome! Are the heads you have on your toms clear? 'Cause they almost look like the Evans frost coating, but it's hard to tell. From the looks of your avatar, I'm assuming these are best done on the inside of the head, so as to preserve the design, but I just want to make sure.
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Those are awesome! Are the heads you have on your toms clear? 'Cause they almost look like the Evans frost coating, but it's hard to tell. From the looks of your avatar, I'm assuming these are best done on the inside of the head, so as to preserve the design, but I just want to make sure.
You're right on all counts! Those heads are Evans G-Plus with the frost coating. And I do usually apply the works to the inside of the head so they don't get mucked up by playing them. Thanks!
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Well, for my bass drum head the only ones that worked were the metallic paint markers (you have to shake it and depress the tip for the ink/paint to come out). I have a whole bunch of other regular Prismacolor markers that I've used on my other heads (see the photo below). They work great on these clear and coated heads but because my bass drum head is black, they didn't show up very well on there.

Oh holy mother of god
You could make some nice money doing this. I know I'd pay a pretty fine penny for this paint job.
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Well, for my bass drum head the only ones that worked were the metallic paint markers (you have to shake it and depress the tip for the ink/paint to come out). I have a whole bunch of other regular Prismacolor markers that I've used on my other heads (see the photo below). They work great on these clear and coated heads but because my bass drum head is black, they didn't show up very well on there.


That looks cool, but I swear I read a few months back that that was fabric under clear heads?
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Nope, certainly not. The work is applied directly to the heads themselves.
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Nope, certainly not. The work is applied directly to the heads themselves.
My bad :( Very impressive, sir
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Not to worry and thank you very much! I wish it was as easy as putting some sort of fabric or paper underneath. It might be easier to apply and/or replicate them then!
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Oh god Im fanboying so hard right now. After visiting your Deviantart, you seem like my type 'o guy. Especially after I saw that Tool tat

Edit: And nice playing in your videos too ;]

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Haha, thanks man. I appreciate that!
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I also just checked out your DA page, great idea to draw on the back of the heads. I'm going to steal this one and get my girlfriend to draw on the back of my heads (whenever I get new ones). Awesome work.
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just wonderin why is ur high tom deeper than ur lower tom
I was worried that going shallower than seven inches on my smallest, eight inch tom would cut down its resonance and body compared to everything else. It turns out my suspicion was correct (or, at least, it hasn't turned out negatively); the eight inch fits well with the ten inch and the rest of the set in terms of "fullness" and resonance. Had I gone any smaller with it, it might have sounded a little too thin.
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