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.
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!
Here’s a little jammer I was working on on my sketchbook recently. Sketched out with a traditional H2 pencil, inked with a brush/dip-pen & Blick’s BLACK CAT ink. OG style. Pre-techamologic-fancified-photo-mo-shops. Get down with somma-THAT!
Been getting busy lately with a couple of fun pieces, so let’s get into it:
The good folks from The Ice Weasels Cometh needed some art for their upcoming race:
Thom emailed me and laid down the parameters: “…a fucking crazy weasel jumping a shark in front of castle with two turrets…It doesn’t have to be good so much as it has to be NOW … and mental…” After I sent him the prelims, he said “Bonus points for putting a light saber in the weasel’s hand, putting fat bike wheels on the shark and incorporating zip ties in somehow.” Not one to walk away from a challenge, I got to work. This was a super fun project! Definitely a blast to create.
Check out the final piece here.
I also got to do a little more work revolving around bikes. Pedal Power bike shop needed an image for their celebration of all things ‘fat-biked’ back in October: Fatober Fest! Other than needing the image needing to be fitting to the event, I was given pretty much cart-blanche to do what I felt would work best, sometimes a good thing. To me, fall means the leaves changing colors, and some of the best riding of the season. Those big, fat tires give you TONS of grip to keep you upright while you’re skidding through those leaf piles. In your neighbor’s yard. At night. In the dark. Go here for the final piece.
A quick excerpt from my sketchbook. Been working on some new ideas. I’ve been getting back to inking with a dip-pen and various brushes. This page served as some full on experimentation, with a little bicycle flavor thrown in. Did you remember to set your clocks ahead?