The illustration of my bike has been a way longer process than I thought. Also because I had trouble finding time to spend a couple of hours in a row to work on it. There were always other priorities that got in the way. I've only been able to find 30 minutes here, and 1 hour there,… I totally underestimated the hours of work that goes into a drawing like this, especially if you're drawing it into detail, and some parts are rather challenging. There were a few moments of frustration with undo's and redo's… In total I spent a lot of hours on this, but I'm almost there now.
8 months ago
Detail on that rear mech is outstanding. Beaten only by the detail on the gears. Looking forward to seeing the finished bike.
Can I ask how you did that? Just in illustrator?
I've been doing sketches of bikes and find them really tough.
Great work Veerle. :)
Sounds like you learned a lot through the process though. Always a good thing :)
nice! i made something similar a few years ago
@Ste Thank you for the kind words. Yes I only used Illustrator for this. I struggled mainly with the cogs of the "cassette". I thought since there is a repetition in place, I would be able to find a way to speed things up, by rotating and duplicating at a certain angle. Calculating the angle was a challenge, and having to do this for all the cogs seemed an undoable task for me… I ended up with mismatches at the end all the time.
I took a few closup photos to see things in as much detail as possible… but the fact that they are used, and dirty I had trouble seeing things very well. In the end I decided to draw this just manually using the Pen tool (as I'm really fast with this tool), I wasted so much time on trying to figure out how I could automate it… It frustrated the hell out of me! I lost count on how many times I tried and gave it a break :) I really had to go away from the computer. I really wanted to throw my shoe at it (like we say in Dutch) ha!
@Mark Wallis I sure did. Though, what I learned most of all is not to loose patience, and not giving up. Persistence wins :)
@Stefano Vetere Nice job! Looks like a lot of work went into it, with a lot of complex gradients. I assume a few mesh ones as well? I must say I haven't used any mesh gradients in my entire illustration of this bike, really none. I'm always a bit hesitant of using these as they're really hard to use to get the exact effect you want. It often ends in an 'airbrushing' kinda effect that I personally less like. I like things in detail and polished, but still leave an illustrative touch, and stylised where possible.
I completely agree! but i was still in design school when I did that, so I was experimenting
@Veerle Pieters you don't notice the details in the cogs until you get a nice shiny new one do you. Think the result is first rate Veerle, you should be proud and happy you didnt throw you're shoe at it. :D
This is beautiful work. Your hours and frustrations are paying off.
Bikes are always a challenge! I've drawn many, vector and not, and sometimes I want to charge clients more just for having a bicycle in the art.
It's not as detailed as your work above, but in this piece I really worked hard to get the perspective of the bike looking right.
@Stefano Vetere well it's definitely very well-done. I know how difficult these things are.
@Ste Thank you! Yes true, I looked at 'shiny' online images of this part, but couldn't find a big enough one. I'm happy too. I only have to do the pedals, but I need to take a few new photos, as again, I don't see the details clearly enough. Will try to finish the drawing next weekend if time permits.
Very nice! We should start a vector bicycle drawing support group! The countless hours of drawing can only be appreciated by a certain few. Here's mine from a while back: http://drbl.in/bUIx
Those details are amazing…!!
This is beautiful.
Thank you! @Brian Potstra, @Mirco Moretti, @Denis Talalá and @Ari
Very nice, so realistic :) Great Job!
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