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sketch: bicycle shop

February 26, 2016

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I had the awesome opportunity to do a set of pen & ink type drawings for the redesigned website of a local bike shop, called the Brooklyn Bicycle Company. My little sketches appear on the homepage, navigational buttons and other landing pages. Their website has a nice clean look with professional photos of their unique products. If you are looking for a classic style bicycle or a simple urban design, I recommend checking out Brooklyn Bicycle Company. Just order the bike model that fits your needs and accessorize it. They will send it to a bicycle shop near you and assemble for no additional fee.

Hey. Spring is less than a month away. Are you ready for cycling on you’re favorite trails?

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illustration: vw beetle

August 1, 2014

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The Volkswagen Beetle has come a long way from being a concept of Hitler’s in the 1930’s. Originally called the Volkswagen Type 1, it was born from the need of a cheap and simplistic car design, yet powerful enough to travel on the Autobahn.

From out of the darkness of WWII, however, the Bug is adopted as a symbol of Peace. And now, a fun way to get to your favorite activity destination. Am I starting to sound like a car commercial?

My drawing is based on the new Beetle that was re-introduced to the world in 1998 (including a cool mountain bike).

sketch: mini cooper

July 6, 2014

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It’s a lazy Sunday. Though, still a great time to take the bike out and hit a trail.
Here’s my drawing of the lovable Mini Cooper.

Happy 4th of July weekend y’all!

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This is a new version of my watercolour painting of an antique 1970’s Schwinn bicycle.

As a perfectionist, I keep tinkering with the details of the illustration. ┬áThis time, I’m happy with the final reworking… for now.

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sketch: road bicycle

March 29, 2012

I always see hordes of cyclists on 9W, a route that goes along the Hudson. The old Route 9W is kind of like our Route 66 because newer, bigger, faster highways replaced it. So, with less car traffic, 9W earned a new kind of legacy as the road that cyclists adopted to be a long-distance track.

Well, I like to ride my bicycle too, and with the weather being warm so early in the season (the warmest March in New York on record since, like, 1945), I figured this would be a good time to take my wheels for a spin. So to speak.

On the road, I was quickly, overtaken by cyclists in skin-tight alien suits. With their ultra thin tires, they all zipped past me with minimal effort. I pushed my fat tires as fast as they could go. I know, I know. You’re supposed use road bikes for long distance (but I’m happy with my mountain bike. Really). I may have moved as slow as a snail, but hey, 34 miles later (in 3 1/2 hours), I made it!

Needless to say, when I got home, I collapsed on the bed and was down for the count.

Later, after the fatigue subsided, I celebrate my personal achievement, by doing a sketch of a classic 10-speed bicycle. For the time being, I’ll stick with drawing, and leave the Tour De France to the pros.

Here is an illustration of a classic bicycle with a basket. As a small modification, the basket of the model bike was originally made of metal, but I changed it to be wooden. Just to give it a softer Summer feel.

On the same subject of cycling, the car-free biking event, Summer Streets, is happening in New York City. It is three Saturdays in a row – August 7, 14 and 21. This recent weekend, I rode the path from Central Park down to the Brooklyn Bridge. It is a wonderful experience to ride in the middle of Manhattan without the chaos of taxis and auto traffic.

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