If you've ever been to the Rocky Mountains then you know that it is Mecca for motorcycle enthusiasts. Since my next art show is in a Rocky Mountain town in Colorado, I decided I had to include an original, motorcycle drawing in my booth.
I am not particularly familiar with motorcycles and I've only ridden one a handful of times in my entire life. I tell my students all the time to draw/paint what is familiar to them. There is a reason for that. Trying to capture the reality or even the essence of something you don't personally know is a challenge. This piece was a big challenge! I studied and researched and went back to this drawing forever trying to figure out what each part was and how it fit and what it does and on and on.
I knew I wanted an antique, worn bike. I knew I wanted to use the same color scheme I've come to love for old metal. But what I didn't really know was motorcycles. After a lot of brain strain, here is the final drawing. It was important to me to capture a front, close-up view with a little more interest than a full, side view. Thankfully I have a number of friends who permitted me to photograph their old bikes. So this image is something of a mish-mash of different bikes.