Words & Water

Words & Water

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.

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The New Blue

The New Blue

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.

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Drawing on parchment

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.

Happy sketching!

An homage to a genius

An homage to a genius

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.

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