Bicycle Dynamism – Je suis folle de bicyclettes.

Rest Stop Expresso | colored pencil, 7" x 5"

I feel free when I ride my bike. The vibrant motion of riding creates a connection with my teammates. The bicycle frame's core geometry and design, developed a century ago, remain works of pure beauty. Only the components have advanced in sophistication. When I look at them, I see their simplified forms of triangles, circles, and curved lines. Energy intersects when riders are traveling together side by side. It becomes more spirited in a continuous pace line or when a sprint occurs.

Color abounds in cycling through the bike’s various materials, clothing, and accessories. So, I use color to express the energy and relationships of the bicycles to one another. Also, by reducing them to their core geometric shapes, I can play with the space within the composition. However long the duration of the activity, my worries vanish when riding just as they do when drawing. Ultimately, I want to share the fun color of cycling.

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Drawings in progress - a couple samples

After creating the underdrawing for the artwork, the first thing I do is select the colors. Then, I make a color chart. One of the things that I think about is what the surprise color will be. The color is never in the original selection. It comes in later when I use additional colors to complement or contrast the original selection.

Can you guess the surprise color of Rest Stop Espresso? (answer at the end of the blog)

Can you guess the surprise color of Andiamo!? (answer at the end of the blog)

A few more drawings completed

Spinning Along | colored pencil, 12' x 15"
Keeping up with the Boys | colored pencil, 12" x 15"
Taking Advantage of the Draft 2 | colored pencil, 15" x 12"

ANSWERS:

Rest Stop Espresso's surprise color is PINK.

Andiamo! The surprise color is MAGENTA.

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