When we first started to think about creating a water bottle for English Cycles it seemed as though it would be a straightforward project: place a logo here, add some color there, no problem.Read More
Before custom paint jobs and fancy color ways there were the days of the basic 3; black, red and blue. These three colors represented your big chance to individualize that new bike of yours.Read More
Perhaps it stemmed from my love of cooking or from the fact that I can not draw from scratch at all, but at some point I started using parchment to conceptualize my designs. Mixing food and art is certainly not a new concept but I am not sure how many people look at parchment as one big roll of creative possibilities.
How it works
Simply tear yourself off a nice piece of parchment paper and lay it out over a digital screen, this is the perfect task for a tablet. Once you have the paper and the screen ready to go you will need to pull up a picture of whatever it is you are about to create. I usually do a simple Google search if I am designing something I do not have a template for, look for pictures with clean backgrounds so the tracing will go smoother. Now you are ready to trace! Once you are done you have a perfect practice template to start sketching out ideas on. I almost always start my designs using this process as it allows me a chance to really think about various design possibilities before getting all digital, if I have not mentioned it before, I tend to like the beauty of doing things by hand and this brings me one step closer to actually drawing something.
Designing a super-duper custom bike is never a walk in the park, but, it is always very satisfying. This project was a dream for me, once I got passed the nerves involved with taking design cues from the work of a master, that is. The real challenge came from trying to make an assortment of colors all work on a small canvas, a task I feel was greatly influenced by the paints eggshell finish which was expertly finished by Eric at Colorworks.Read More
Being a stickler for consistency, most of the bikes featured on Cycle EXIF are profiled on their drive side, except for the prized occasion when it’s one of Rob English’s Project Right frames. This one’s especially valued, with paint inspired by Sir Paul Smith’s own special edition Land Rover Defender.Read More