I fell upon a sudden dry spell in my business. Understandably, most of my commercial clients put current and future work on pause. I was kind of sitting around for a few days watching tumbleweeds roll through the house and started to worry about the future of my creativity and viability as an illustrator.
Cyclists make great subjects for portrait illustrations, especially when it’s with their bike. Artist Dean Liebau has illustrated many of the faces seen here on the Radavist, including this drawing of Ethan Goodwin. Check out the photo he based it on at our Ruta Del Jefe coverage from 2019. His whole Instagram account is filled with colorful portraiture, so head on over, give him a follow and enjoy!
Data-driven designers and developers will appreciate this chart, in which the author, Hobocross helps direct you to see which Crust Bikes model is right for you. Now, we’re not gonna post the whole thing, so head to their Instagram account, give them a follow and share this. It’s genius!
Photo by Brian Vernor
Caché, one of the Golden Saddle Cyclery homies, is a Guatemala native, who grew up in Los Angeles. In this Bike Mag online article, he goes over his past, present, and future of riding and painting. I highly recommend this piece as it points to the importance of accessibility of bikes for inner-city kids! As to why he paints chickens…
“I’d read a book by Carlos Castaneda called ‘The Teachings of Don Juan,’ and he talks about ‘energy vampires’ that feed off our human energy and awareness, saying we’re like chickens being reared for the consumption of others,” Caché explains. “When I first decided to paint the chickens, it was more of an observation of the human condition. We are in our own coops, controlled by worry and fear.”
Check out this article at Bike Mag!
100 Copies always embodies cycling through playful and creative prints, limited to a run of 100. Their latest print, entitled Wheee!, is an abstract representation of mountain biking. A print will set you back $90. See more information at 100 Copies.
Illustration by Dave Walker
The guardian has an amazing cartoon strip up on cycling in the city, down to some of the issues plaguing urban environments, a Jungian archetype illustration, as well as an interesting column on what would make cycling SAFER! Hint: it’s not helmets. Check the whole thing out at the Guardian!
If you like these illustrations, see more of Dave’s work at his website, Cycling Cartoons.
For brands, launching a new or a newly-designed bike is an exciting day, with various outlets talking about the model all at once and social media fluttering with anticipation. For viewers, it can be overwhelming for sure, but for me, when it comes to Ibis’ new launches, I always get stoked to see what watercolor artist Chris McNally comes up to coincide with these launches. Here’s the new Ripley, illustrated in watercolor and ink, on Mount Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona. Head over to Chris’ Instagram for more of his kick-ass work and to Ibis to see the new Ripley in the flesh.
You can fall behind. Give in. Break.
Or you can step up. Give it your all. And breakaway.
Biding your time, till you know it’s your time.
To leave all the other riders, all the crowds and all the doubt behind.
To leave all you’ve got on the track, with nothing left to give.
To bring cold strategy and fiery boldness together in one pure moment.
Anyone can break. But not everyone can breakaway.
That latest print from 100 Copies is now in stock.
This graphic from the Endurance Conspiracy has all the right vibes. Inspired by the ATOC, this image was created a couple years back but is being re-circulated for the brand’s journey to the Sea Otter Classic. Follow Endurance Conspiracy on Instagram. Thanks for sharing, Shane!
The latest from limited edition poster brand, 100 Copies, beckons us to keep our heads up and always looking forward. These posters are printed on archival paper, individually numbered, and already almost halfway sold out, so if you have a connection with this design, head to 100 Copies to pick one up.
Cycling has its characters. From the hobo bikepacker, to the Middle Earth randonneur, the ultimate KOM warrior, and others. Dustin Friz’s artwork catalogs these various cycling archetypes in fun illustrations, which he displays on his Instagram account. Give him a follow for more!
I love seeing what artists like Matt Blease cook up for this crazy time of year for professional road cycling.
Concrete Road, the futuristic cycling artist, has opened a small offering on his webshop where you can buy either original paintings or prints at a fair price. The beauty of these illustrations is the dystopian, survivalist, almost Foss-inspired environments, and strong female adventurers. See more for yourself at Concrete Road’s Instagram and if you dig their work, head to the Concrete Road webshop.
Trust me when I say that we get a lot of kooky – and not the good kinda kooky – tech pieces emailed to us over here. From “innovative” saddle designs, to e-conversions, to surfing paddle bikes but every once in a while, something that can only be described as so damn cool, stumbles into our scope of what we call the cycling industry. Imagine if drivetrains, as we know them, could be redesigned, knocking down all recent frame design with one fell swoop. That’s what Ceramic Speed’s new DRIVEN system is proposing. You can get the gist here, but if you’d like more techy bits of info, head to Ceramic Speed.
We don’t get to do these often, but when we do, they’re usually pretty cool. See more at Rouleur.
… has some interesting reads, great illustrations and a photo by yours truly from my South Africa trip to the Karoobaix, as an intro for a op-ed piece written by Tom Owen on digital documentation of cycling and life in general. Head over to check out this free publication.
Yesterday, we took a look at the new Ibis Hakka MX, and while I was testing one out in Los Angeles, Chris McNally had his out on a New Belgium Ramble Ride in North Carolina, where he did a bit of bikepacking on it, while documenting the trip through his watercolor vignettes, which is now up on the Ibis Journal. It’s well worth checking out Chris’ illustrations and his stories from this ride…
Good on VYNL doing something to help out the hurricane relief effort!
“VYNL Fights teamed up with two primo local artists from Texas and Miami to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma climb out and rebuild. All the proceeds of each poster will go to either the American Red Cross, or a local (and vetted) charity.”
In case you can’t decide, VYNL also gives the option to get both posters at once. See more on these two designs below.