Biker Doodle

My home city is full of bicycles. The Twin Cities love bicycles, and they are everywhere. There are so many and they are all so unique that there has to be a project in there somewhere. I had been considering taking up a new illustration challenge this summer, and since I love bikes and drawing characters I decided to combine the two. I take pictures of bikes around the city, then design and illustrate a character based on each bike. These have been going up on the Paper Bicycle blog, but it is about time I share some of them here.

 

PENNY

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Bike 1

This first character is named Penny. She has great interest in the economic and ecologic impact of food culture.

 


 

ANDREW

 

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Andrew has a collection of strange collections: a collection of bottles manufactured before 1980, a collection of patches that are at least 70% yellow, a collection of cheap plastic dollar store toys…

 

There are more characters on the Paper Bicycle blog, plus little blurbs about each of them, but I think I may try and update this blog with them in future, so stay tuned!

Cold Winter Night

I had a hard time with this one. Ultimately, I think it's one of my favorites, but boy oh boy did it put up a fight. I struggled with getting it as deep and vibrant as I had planned, and then when it was deep enough I was frustrated with the lack of subtlety that watercolor usually provides.
This also served to remind me that sometimes sticking with something is the best course of action, even when you want to start all over.

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Urban Winter

I've been working on and off on a series of watercolor paintings inspired from winter settings in the Twin Cities. One of the things I marvel at the most is how easily the idea for the next image comes. I do have plans for the future ones, but until I start the next painting, there's no telling. The one I'm currently working on I hadn't decided on until the moment this one was finished. You can see the other two I've already done here and here.

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watercolor, ink and gouache on 300 lb rough press