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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X-men on a bike

 

Bet you weren’t expecting….

Ex animo’s XTREME XMEN CYCLO-XERS!!!

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Or THIS!! From BlendoGames:

 

Well when Blendo approached me for a prompt this week, I frantically thought of two random things that I liked. But when I actually sat down to begin sketching, I suddenly remembered…

THIS!

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My sister and I used to draw TONS of goofy scenes of X-men. We may not have been accurate in our perspective or anatomical accuracy… but hey, it was just for fun.

Just to prove that I wasn’t trying to cheat out of doing some work, I did some lighting and shading for some much needed practice:

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A little quote I just heard on the radio today while working on this prompt, and a little something for our desensitized society to think about:

“You get in your car, and you have a better chance of dying than any other time of the day.”

I just realized that it may not be so apparent to everyone else what this statement has to do with bikes. But that would get me started on my manifesto about our transportation systems and choices. Hint: Read Beast’s thought to get an idea…