Most awesome coloring book ever!

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:

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(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:

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Urban Sketching

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

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The look of water color is really starting to grow on me. Here I am faking it:
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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! 😀

Containers going to school…

Woohoo, Monday sketch time!

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So I ruined the prompt again. Apologies to the promptist, Razzleberries. “Container school” would be more apt. You know, in the spirit of all those architectural projects using modular shipping containers…

But if you are curious about actual containers going to school, BlendoGames will show you how it’s done!