Way back, last fall, my man Spencer from Ohio gave me a shout & asked for some art for Ohio’s Cyclocross State Championships. It was super fun project! (I got to combine art & bikes, duh!…and he basically said “Do whatever you want.”) So a few weeks ago, this package showed up from Spencer & the Crap-Shitty crew. One of their sponsors threw in a bag of coffee, & Spencer included a poster from their event & a tee-shirt with the art I made for them. So rad! Care packages from clients are the best!
I stopped through Pedal Power bike shop in Middletown a couple of weeks ago & saw the mural I painted there a bunch of years ago (the exploded diagram on the top). They’ve added to their collection of classic bicycle ephemera on the shelf just underneath it. I think they compliment each other pretty well (if I do say so myself). I projected an old exploded diagram of a Campagnolo hub I found. I couldn’t get the projector to squarely face the wall (and fill the space like I wanted), so I had to improvise. The result is slightly skewed, but it fills the wall in the way I visualized it. There’s a slight “dismorphia” to it when you see it in person, which is kind of a neat effect. To the left of this wall is another diagram, for a Campy crankset. I’ll have to dig around to see if I can find a photo of that. Maybe for a post in the future.
Did a fast, fun little piece for some fellow cyclists who are organizing a ride called, “Monkey Knife Fight”. It’s in its 8th iteration this year, & sounds like it’s a total blast!
On a side note, this came to my attention shortly after sending off the final piece: “Drunk monkey with kitchen knife chases bar patrons.” It would seem that I’ve found my thesis statement & can finally stop watching TV.
Inktober kicks off this month, & I’ve decided to take part in the challenge. Inktober was started by Jake Parker back in 2009 as a way to improve on his art skills. The rules are pretty simply, make an ink drawing daily for the month of October. Improvement by repetition. I’m participating in the “5K” version, committing to an ink drawing a week. I’m hoping that I’ll surprise myself & make the time to do more, but I wanted to commit to something & be realistic…or it would never happen. So here we go, Week 0 (zero) Inktober submission:
It’s been a while since I’ve drawn any type of vehicle, so I figured I’d challenge myself in two ways; Inktober drawing / vehicle drawing. Found a great photo of a rad, lifted jeep over on the Le Container blog (third one down). I particularly like how the aspects & challenges of both ideas pushed one another. Really fun to work on & exciting to to see what I’m going to do in the coming weeks!
The folks from Cap City Cyclocross approached me to make a poster for their State Championships this year. The direction was pretty simple, “Do whatever you want, as long as you can work Ohio in (I drew the stem face-plate in the shape of Ohio) & include our tag-lines – “PMA, No Jerks!”. I think somewhere in our discussion, they said they wanted something bold & graphic, & black & white. Right in my wheelhouse!
I feel like so many bike racing posters are so stiff & traditional that I wanted to go in a different direction. This decision was a lot easier to make simply because it seems like the Cap City crew are really fun folks & have the right idea when it comes to bike racing: race hard, show your fellow competitors respect on the field, & have fun! This project was super fun to work on. So fun, in fact, that I knocked out two different versions. The Yin & Yang, Dark-Side & Light-Side. If you like these pieces, please consider sharing this post with your friends. Thanks!
Finished up a super-fun piece last week for a client just in time for cyclocross season. I really love it when client’s ideas are left-of-center or solidly odd. When I was asked to draw a T-Rex failing at hand-ups (cause, ya know, they’re T-Rex’s…with the short arms), I knew it would be a blast. I completed the project from concept to final product completely within Mangastudio. Check him out: