Saturday, August 08, 2009

come out to play

Look, I know these drawings ain't going to set the world alight but I'm short of drawing time so I had to dig out some old stuff that I hadn't posted before. Also, finding these really reminded me of that artistic struggle that plagues my life from time to time. I have wanted to draw a bicycle for ages, well, certainly, since seeing this challenge on the EDM list. So, I started with the top one.

But, it wasn't quite right. It was OK for a little sketch, but I wanted to make a proper drawing. So, I kept on trying. And trying. And trying. Never quite getting it right. Sometimes pushing it way too far (above). Sometimes going off on a tangent (above). And, sometimes finding myself in the summer of 1976 (above). But, still I'm trying. I'll never rest until I make a bicycle drawing that I am happy with. I won't stop. No bicycle drawing is going to get the better of me. No way, Jose.
Oh, and Miss Musa, that was what was on the previous page to THIS drawing.
Stay posted for a MEGA bicycle drawing. Coming to a screen near you, very soon.

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Blogger louloulovesbooks said...

In the 70's you did have to have a chopper and my sister got one but I very girlie-like and wanted a Raleigh with a basket so she was cool and I was once again, the geek.

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am most drawn to the 3rd one's the most eyecatching to me. I love the angle and the wonderful drawing ! winna

4:05 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

These are terrific! Yep, those choppers were the must-have bike in the midwest US too. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

5:16 PM  
Blogger joseph's art and stuff said...

very cool, all are done so well. i'm drawing one for my discarded/abandoned/trash etc series. thanks for all the nice comments!

5:46 PM  
Blogger nanke's stuff said...

I think you're being a tad hard on yourself ... I like them all! I like the creative approach you've taken to the task. Well done! nancy

6:34 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

Amazing! I've always liked how you stress so much on the outlines, and then adding depth into the subject by hatching... it's just so pretty!

7:15 PM  
Blogger Owen said...

Loving these - each one in its own way.

8:06 PM  
OpenID moreidlethoughts said...

I like the bike!

9:12 PM  
Blogger Dan Kent said...

I like how you chose a section of the bike - very creative composition, and well drawn.

9:40 PM  
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1:20 AM  
Anonymous Rob said...

c, truthful ~
you really can't ride a bike?

1:53 PM  
Blogger Pippa said...

You have never owned a bike?! Shocking! Ahh the summer of '76. That was the heatwave, right? It was also the year Mr Pippa was born!

I really like these drawings. I'm glad you shared all of them. I always like the drawings you do with writing around them, but I also love the clean look of the final one.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Nice job, Andrea. You always knock the socks off all your drawings. And these three are no exception.

4:31 PM  
Blogger Eric Orchard said...

Love them all.

9:48 PM  
Blogger wagonized said...

I love the angle of the bike. Love the second one, it's magic. So AJ.

10:54 PM  
Anonymous rhomany said...

Knowing your love of fine detail in biro Andrea, have you seen these?

7:44 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Cheers, guys.

Haven't been online since posting this, so am most pleased to read all these lovely comments.

Pippa, yes, it was the heatwave and also the year of the ladybird invasion. Ladybirds everywhere.

Rob, it really is true. Honestly. I can't swim either.

Loulou, it's so much cooler to be a geek.

Rhomany, yes, they are totally brilliant, aren't they? Way way too good for my liking!

Cheers, my dears. You make my day.

11:30 PM  
Blogger kazumiwannabe said...

Oh, wonderful. Love all three versions, with a slight preference for the first one. When I look at your drawings, I feel exactly like when I was a child looking at Walt Disney's drawings - it seems to me your drawings make things neater, more approachable and more lovable.

1:03 PM  

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