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.
over 1 year 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!
@Veerle Pieters - So it is not only me thinking the mesh tool is not even needed. Good! It is much better in my experience to use vector shapes feathered and create everything as if you were painting like you would on oil & canvas. Tools like Adobe Fireworks and Sketch do not have a messy mesh tool and people cannot "see" how do I draw what I draw with only a few tools - pen tool, knife, booleans and gradients basically.
9 months ago
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