Killer Care Package!

Illustration

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!

Awesome poster, coffee & a fresh, black shirt. Does it get any better?

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PMA! No JERKS!

Art, Illustration

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!

matt lolli cap city cyclocross illustration

Use the force…

matt lolli illustration cap city cyclocross

Come to the Dark Side…

Keep Cross Metal

Art, Design

Cyclocross season is upon us again! And so are the commissions for CX-themed work. I just put the wraps on a bit of design work for my good friends who organize the Zanconato Single-Speed CX Series here in New England. They put on a bunch of great single-speed only races that make for a great day of going fast in the dirt with you friends.

Chip asked if I’d be up for designing a race poster for the series in sorta of a ‘metal concert-poster’ theme. Cyclocross & metal? I’m in!

If you’ve never been to a CX race before, it’s worth noting that cowbells are sort of an integral part of the cross racing scene. They’re rung by spectators to encourage racers to go faster. When you’re coming around a corner & hear a group of people clanging away, it definitely makes you want to go faster (despite what your legs & body are telling you)! Lightning bolts are also know to make people faster (in case you weren’t aware). The combination of the two make for a nearly supersonic force!

Dinos & Beer

Art, Illustration

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:

Pissed that he can’t share his beer with you…or drink it himself.

Pin One On

Sketchbook, WIP

Here’s a bit of work-in-progress that I have sitting on my drawing table at the moment. Heavy cyclocross inspiration from this past season. Getting to go fast in the dirt and spend the day with good friends is one of my favorite things. This drawing came about from a little saying that I heard regularly repeated at while we pinned each other’s numbers. More on the story and saying when I get the hand-drawn type worked out. Stay tuned.

Matt Lolli cyclocross pins

Ink and design marker.

Fat Bikes, Weasels and Going Mental

Art, Illustration

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.

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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.

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