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.




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





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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!

New Bike

biking_francesca I’ve been waiting to post this for awhile! A month or so ago, my bike was stolen. I loved my bike. It was my transportation, recreation, and source of joy, so I was pretty devastated. And times have been tough (student loans) so it was going to be difficult to get new one, at least right away. And then my amazing incredible friends pitched in and surprised me with enough money to get a new one. I can’t thank them enough, and I love this new bike even more than the stolen one (which is saying something!) This illustration is for them. Also for the curious (and most definitely for my friends and benefactors), here's a picture of my new bike. Rides like a dream. I had a chance to go on a forty minute bike ride yesterday and it was pure heaven. Bike


I watched a LOT of Season One Lost this weekend.


I haven't really watched it in a few years.  It's as good as a show can possibly be. It still is! So good. I don't want to hear about it, people. Fringe pales in comparision.

The watercolor class at Light Grey Art Lab this weekend instigated a strong desire to paint, and this show instigated the strong desire to make some art of characters. The hardest part was choosing who to paint (first). Locke has always been a lot of fun to draw.



My present sketchbook is this lovely one that was a gift from Alyssa. This place turns old books into sketchbooks. The inside has both blank paper and some pages from the book, which I like very much to quell my vandalizing urges. They're really sturdy, too.

So far, I've drawn some things in it:

TV things all over the place. Sherlock dudes in the lower left, Fringe family sort of in the middle–I'm almost grateful Peter doesn't look quite right, I could draw him all day. A few things in here are things that have or will become more finished pieces, like that Doctor Who in the upper right.

Last year's remnants

I finished that white sketchbook on New Year's Eve! Two years in a row, finishing sketchbooks minutes before midnight, and I don't even care for New Year. Big New Year cynic. Maybe this is a pattern for improvement.
Here's some sketches from the last of that sketchbook. The lower half are characters I made up, the upper half is mostly One Piece, plus a Merida (Brave. Drawing her is incredibly fun). Random bits. That mermaid sketch is the precursor to a painting I made for my friend.

So what's on the plate now? I signed up for the Sketchbook Project. I'll post photos of that later. I've got to do some serious documenting for this sketchbook, since I'll be relinquishing to the mercy of a traveling sketchbook library and probably won't see it again.

One Tiny Dragon

The two drink umbrellas are the extent of drawing-from-life squeezed into this sketchpage. Otherwise, there's all kinds of characters and two fanart-y characters right in the middle: Jon Snow and Arya Stark.

I like it when reading a certain book or being in a certain place results in the creation of a specific image.

September sketches

Got some of these to post. Mostly assorted character drawings with some life drawing thrown in. The middle guy and the thing shooting fire out of his head is inspired from the Thor movie. I really like the design of that fire-head thing, so I had to draw him. Then I still liked him enough to want to color him.