I used to be a Nikon guy. Before that I learned photography on my hand-me-down Pentax K-1000. I still have that tank of a camera. Awesome stuff. Then my Grandfather died and I was proud inheriter his camera rig and numerous accessories. Some pretty sweet lenses convinced me to upgrade to a Canon the last time it was time to buy a new DSLR. Which was several years ago now. This guy has taken quite a few memories over the past few years. Although, mostly he does work for me and my wife. He is the one that makes digital our various aesthetic musings.
I did this drawing in my sketchbook, hence the watercolor and somewhat random writing. (Not really random)
This is my bike. It is one of several that I have, but I especially like this one. Not only is it fun to ride and useful to get places, it is also pretty well designed.
A lot people take pride in their bike. When people say, “Nice bike!” The rider might say, “Thanks!” I do this too when people take note of it, but I take a bit more pride in the compliment than they would, because I actually designed the bike. Working for Nirve for 7+ years I got to work on many bikes with a great team of people. We created lots of awesome bikes designed for normal people – not just the Spandexed Sport Enthusiast. In fact, we avoided appeasing that guy, because he already has a ton of bike choices with every other brand. Nirve made really great bikes for people that don’t already know where their local bike shop is. The goal was that with a Nirve bike in the window they not only see the bike shop for the first time, they might feel like it is okay to ride a bike as an adult. By making the bikes easy and cool, it was now accessible and more than possible, rather than just a weird sport or only for kids.
This bike – The Fairfax – was culmination of our city bike line. It is comfortable, easy to operate and maintain, and it looks awesome (beautiful paint, chrome, classic lugs and automatic vintage looking lights!) I plan on riding it for many, many more miles.
I have been wanted to do a little drawing experiment for a while now and I thought that this would be a great subject. I frequently like to draw without planning anything out, just to see what happy accidents will happen. This time I gave myself even more of a handicap. I made rules for myself that I had to draw the bike and all its details full size, one sheet of 8.5×11 piece of paper at a time. So I didn’t see what the complete drawing looked like until it was done. All those little numbers floating around the drawing are the order in which I drew it.
I was hoping to make a little animation of each drawing falling into place (27), and then the color floating up, but, frankly, it took me too long to post this as it is! That might have to be another back-burnered project. Just add it to the pile.
If I had a hammer . . . Oh, wait. I do.
It has been too long since I have contributed here! I have a good problem: busy with other work. I post non-possession work to my behance page if you want to look at other things I have been up to.
This “week’s” drawing is one of the shells from my collection. I was unaware that I even had a collection of shells until finally unpacking one of those unmarked moving boxes in the corner of the bedroom. There are still more of those nagging boxes filled with questionable content, so plenty of future fodder for drawing.
There is a local artist here in Charlottesville named Michael Fitts whose inspiring paintings I saw a several weeks ago and felt an affinity to. He paints singular, iconic objects on found metal, evoking a surreal symbology that is both universal and personal and strangely archaeological. I liked the idea of that wonderful texture that the found metal gives his paintings, and decided to appropriate that here. Also, the shape of the shell called for some dramatic lighting while still trying to achieve the graphic nature of my more typical style of drawing. I’m not sure it is entirely successful as piece in and of itself, but it is kind of interesting. Yes, no?
Marigold lifted this wallet off of a dead guy and gave it to me for my birthday several years ago. He was an architect. Now I fill it with CVS membership cards, uncashed checks and out-of-date medical IDs.
In all our travelling and moving from home to home, have we never had a view. This is probably THE feature that cemented my desire to move to Charlottesville. I have always loved unadulterated nature, but have never lived so close to it. To actually be able to wake up and a stunning sunrise or sunset from inside my house is amazing. I do feel a bit of selfish guilt that my house “adulterates” the experience for others and nature itself … Ah well.
We just got through our first winter here. After living in Orange County, California for many years, winter was a spectacularly new experience for us. The eccentricities of the seasons might get bothersome in the future, but for now they are are pleasantly novel for us. Spring is especially great with all the new green and cherry blossoms and wildlife scampering about.
I wanted to play with a bit more saturated color than I have using lately. It is appropriate and accurate for the view outside our deck. There really are some amazing colors out there. Perhaps the most unrealistic thing about this piece is the interaction of the wildlife. We have two squirrels. They are huge piggy-butts that eat everything like it is the last thing they will ever get a chance to eat. I sometimes wish those birds would protect their feeder better and attack those greedy, furry pigs.
These are my back-up pair of glasses. They fell off my face while bike riding and now the lenses are all scratched up.
Somewhere in my mid twenties I had to admit to myself that I needed to wear glasses. I never had any eye correction growing up, although to be honest, I probably did need it. More recently, in my old age, my eyes have only gotten worse. Glasses are now necessary to see almost anything except fuzz balls. I can see those fine.