Last year my friends at Velopresso asked me to draw them a horde of cycling animals, people and beasties-in-general to decorate one of their beautiful pedal-powered coffee trikes. Trike 001 was recently launched during Bespoked in Bristol, where Velopresso also won the Constructors’ Challenge prize – HURROO!
I haven’t seen it with my own eyes YET but I love the photos (more on Velopresso’s facebook page). The designer did a brilliant job arranging the crowd.
Bicycles are quite hard things to draw – not so bad as horses maybe (so many knees! On backwards!), but getting all the legs on the pedals? When the legs may be very short and belonging to pigs or sheep? Ach! I was afraid Velopresso, who clearly have an exemplary understanding of bicycle construction, would want drawings in better working order than I’d be able to muster – but luckily they were very supportive of skrunkiness and wrongness. I don’t know that my bike-drawing skills are much improved, but my repertoire of cyclists has certainly grown. Bring on the unicycling horse.
I must have drawn over 100 beasties or groups as I submitted about 70; I keep losing count, but I think there are 31 drawings on the final trike. Here are a few constituent beasts:
If you’d like to meet a Velopresso in real life it’s probably best to follow them on Twitter or Facebook.
A bit like a pigeon but more like an envelope. My MA class have been sending each other illustrated envelopes and mostly I have been drawing on mine or cutting bits out of them but then I got carried away whilst screenprinting. Haven’t decided who this is for yet. I found it is hard to register variously-sized envelopes in the middle of an A3 print. Also I have just started printing the (photo-emulsion) line layers of my prints at college like a proper person, which may mean the days of the roasting-tray/daylight-bulb arrangement under my desk are numbered. Phew. However, if you feel like turning your desk into a dodgy exposure unit, here is the personable man explaining how to “Go ahead and use a pie tin.” To be fair the photo-emulsion is dodgier and more to blame than the pie-tin.
Here’s one of the spreads I entered in the Macmillan Prize (seePigs win prizes), there’s another on the Llamas page. I best do some more now. And here are all the winning and commended Cambridge students with tutors Pam Smy and Martin Salisbury (both on left) at the opening:
I entered The Runaway Baby, which is very much work-in-progress, in the Macmillan Prize last week, and am very very happy to hear it’s won the Lara Jones Award.
This is a new part of the Macmillan Prize in memory of the creator of Poppy Cat, and is for illustration for babies and very young children. So the Runaway Baby, and Hilda, will be in the gallery at Foyles Charing Cross Road from May 29th until the 1st of June (Tuesday-Friday), with all the winning and highly commended entries, including work by four other people from the Cambridge MA. There may well be a beautiful whale and some very impressive moorhens.