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A self-taught artist, Brophy began painting on surfboards as a young boy when he first began to surf in his native South Carolina. Originally, Brophy set out to be a professional surfer, and he traveled the globe using artwork to help pay for his surf adventures. More and more, he was commissioned to create art, and a lifetime profession was born
Brophy became known as the artist who pioneered the art of surfboard painting with water-based paint pens ( ), and has taught generations of artists his techniques.
In spring of 2011, Crystal Cove Media Production Company produced a television show called THE PAINT SHOP WITH DREW BROPHY, which aired on Southern California local television channels, including Cox and Time Warner. THE PAINT SHOP is a reality show which takes the viewers behind the scenes of Drew's art studio and projects.
In May 2011, Brophy teamed up with whitewater expert and film-maker Seth Warren, to become the first ever to standup paddleboard the entire length of the 225 miles of the Colorado River between Lee's Ferry Arizona, to Diamond Creek, Arizona. The expedition took 16 days and was run at a time when the water level was its highest since 1983. They navigated over 125 rapids, 42 of which were rated between 5g and 10g, on the Grand Canyon scale of 1-10g.
In 2010, Walter Foster Publishing Company published "How to Draw with Drew Brophy" a book authored by Drew Brophy and Maria Brophy, designed to give drawing instruction to children.
In 2008, Mutiny Media distributed an instructional DVD titled "Paint Pen Techniques with Drew Brophy" in which Brophy demonstrates how to use the techniques he developed with water based opaque paint pens.
An artists' advocate, Brophy leads seminars and workshops at various schools and colleges, sharing his painting techniques and his secrets of success as an artist.
- Club of the Waves
- Official website
- Life is Grand - Vimeo Video of Paint Shop Episode on Grand Canyon Run
- Press Release: Watermen-bridge-gap-between-surf-and-river-rapids-standup-paddleboard-225-miles-of-colorado-river
- Interview with Drew Brophy
- Drew Brophy's official website
- Surf Shot Magazine
- SurfBang Magazine
- The Paint Shop with Drew Brophy Vimeo Channel
- Surf Expo Industry News
- Orange Country Register Newspaper Article on Brophy Converse Shoes
- SurfCareers.com interview with Drew Brophy