Drawing cycling portraits admittedly started as a self-serving venture. Looking for a breather from the largely geometric aesthetic I gave my illustration work, I dug down deep to my formal college Drawing 2 class and after a seven-year hiatus, I gave realistic portraiture another shot. After some hesitation, I decided to publish them but still didn’t have the courage to tag the people referenced. The internet can be a small place and they were quickly tagged for me but this served as the little form of validation I needed. I figured if people could be recognized, then they couldn’t be that bad right?
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.
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!
If you’re interested in acquiring a Speedvagen this year, or just enjoy looking at photos of these gorgeous bikes – and illustrations! – then head over to the 2018 Speedvagen Road Guide Book to whet your appetite.
… 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…
… the cannibal! Brought to you by Secret Awesome.
Originally created for Art Crank 2014, this print by Karan Singh uses his signature high-contrast color patterns. See more of Karan’s work at his portfolio site and pick up a print of The Hills at his web shop.
From Signal Cycles‘ co-owner Matt Cardinal come what many would consider Instagram gold. I love it when framebuilders – or anyone for that matter – take it upon themselves to document cycling’s nuanced history like this: simple pen and ink drawings of classic derailleurs, once a day, for a month, all catalogued with the #DailyDerailluer hashtag.
Matt, we’re paying attention over here. Great job.
“Born out of a friendship and shared love of impractical vehicles and the clean aesthetic of 60’s and 70’s road racing, this project represents the culmination of seeds planted a few years ago. When Sacha started in on a design for the new Vanilla kit, he was reminded of how garish modern team gear has become. Thinking about what the design could be, he wanted to evoke the beauty and simplicity of past designs, while keeping the forward-looking feel the Workshop believes in…”
Check out more below!
Yeah, this was probably better for last week’s Merckx Mondays, due to Halloween and all, but I missed Simon’s email. Seriously though, I’m stoked he used Merckx Mondays to inspire a series of illustrations at his site, aptly named Merckx Mondays.
Mark Appleyard ruminates on riding bicycles, watch it, trust me.
Shred! Thanks for the reminder, Reporting Home!
Sure, most of us can fix our own flats (at least I hope so!) but for those who can’t Fixpert Comics put together this informative how-to guide, complete with illustrations. Check out the preview pages here.
Everyone’s NYC tale is worth sharing in my opinion and some take the extra effort to illustrate their journey. Take Sally Carson for example. The debut issue of The Skids is Sally’s auto-biographical tale about her days as a New York City bicycle messenger in the days after 9/11.
Check it out here.
Nice find Tracko!
This just in from Red Hook Crit:
“We are proud to release the 2013 Red Hook Criterium Brooklyn Alternate poster. Featuring paintings by local artists Wayne Mazzotta & John Gordon Gauld and designed by Jonah Birns. This poster pays respect to the rich maritime history of Red Hook and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, the RHC’s waterfront location where the 2013 Championship Series presented by Rockstar Games will begin on March 30th, 2013.”
11×17 prints will be available on Gage + DeSoto http://www.gagedesoto.