When I stumbled upon Shan Jiang’s Bicycle Coloring Bike at Buc ee’s one day, I didn’t think twice about buying it. It is a beautiful book, and not only does it make me want to color, but it makes me want to draw and animate too. In fact, with my love for bicycles and drawing and recent exploration of cats and China, I’m a little jealous that I’m not the one who made this book! But happy. Jealappy. And jealspired, you know, like jealous but inspired…
I intended to practice some value and shading with this book, but the more I flip through it, the more I’m afraid to taint it with my experimental coloring. The book’s binding doesn’t make it exactly scanner friendly either. Guess I’ll just have to buy another one! Or make my own?? I did attempted to emulate one of the drawings, fascinated by their fantastical yet detailed grandeur and quirkiness:
(Whoops, that’s a Terry bike now. Wheels in perspective is challenging! So is the geometric accuracy required to draw a bicycle convincingly.)
I suddenly remembered that I did start a series of illustrations shortly after I returned from China. I wanted to illustrate my discoveries and experiences of the bike culture from living there. This one was going to be a rather axonometric drawing of the daily bikescape:
I was dumping out prebath water by the magnolia tree when I suddenly found myself face to face with this little guy:
It’s the leftover of a magnolia flower!
Look at all those textures! I thought it was the cutest little thing and felt inspired to create little magnolia creatures…
So tempted to write a children’s book now…
Did me a 3 value exercise I learned from Nathan Fowkes.
Now to learn me some grammar…
Doing these sketches took me back slightly to my architecture days, yet I noticed how much my thinking and way of drawing has changed since then… hopefully for the better!
Location: Mueller park in Austin, Texas
The look of water color is really starting to grow on me. Here I am faking it:
Sorry if the perspective flaws are hurting your eyes. I do understand the rules– just thought I’d try to eyeball it. Probably would have helped if I looked at my drawing at a distance every once in a while… Oh well. Next time!😀
This bottom sketch is an homage to my first animation ever. It was about a horse and a dog. Hmm, perhaps a remake coming soon?
One of the reasons why I’d love the animation industry is because I can switch over to something else within the industry whenever I get a little burnt out from one thing, and still enjoy whatever I’m doing. For example, I’ve been trying to finish an animation and working on it for two days straight, but when I sat down at my computer today, I suddenly felt burnt out. So instead I decided to open my sketchbook and do some life drawing. I pulled up youtube to look for figure references, stumbled upon some drawing exercises via ChiuStream, and started drawing dogs and horses instead. That was fun, and now I feel warmed up and ready to get back into my animation!
Pop quiz: What does the B stand for?
L. This animation is a continuation of this.
A fun twist on the Rorschach test, don’t you think?
I saw Phoenix:
Blendo saw a robot penguin within the pasta bits:
My sister sees a… mohawk shadow king creature holding an octopus?
So, what do YOU see??