Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bicyclopolis Progress Report: Inking Done, Coloring Has Begun.

Here's a panel I just colored - Bike Polo in Bicyclopolis - click on the drawing to make it bigger:


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Progress Report

5 more pages to ink, coloring begun. Here's a panel from page 43 showing a street scene in Bicyclopolis. Stay tuned for more previews. Click on the picture to make it bigger:


Thursday, April 17, 2014

See Old & New Bicyclopolis Art at the Lowertown Bike Shop

Check it out:


Awards are nice...

... but getting back to work on Bicyclopolis (pencils in the background) is way more awesome.


Monday, August 12, 2013

Back to Working on Bicyclopolis

After a year of distractions, I'm happy to announce a return to the project. Here is a preview - click to make it bigger:


Saturday, February 09, 2013

Matty Lang Video "Avidor"

Matty Lang mad this movie for Videotect 3: The City of the Future, Architecture Minnesota magazine's third annual video competition. It was fun to enter the future world of Bicyclopolis and Metroria via the magic of green screen.

 You can vote for the movie at architecturemn.com/am/videotect between February 6 and February 15,

2013. There will be a screening the night of March 7, 2013, at the Walker Art Center

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Videotect 3: Avidor from Architecture Minnesota on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Beginning 2013 With New Strathmore Toned Tan Art Journals

For as long as I remember, I've drawn pictures. Some time in the last century I sketched in crappy spiral bound notebooks with felt tip pens and ball point pens - I really didn't care about the quality of the materials or whether the paper would turn yellow and disintegrate in five years.

In 1999, the folks who put together the  Minnesota Journal 2000 Project  particularly Roz Stendahl took me aside and told me to shape up. Since 2000, I've been using commercial, bound journals with good quality paper for my annual journals and my larger journals.

 For several years, I used Cachet Earthbound Recycled sketch books because I liked to sketch with a mid-toned paper. I switched to Strathmore hardbound  sketchbooks a few years later for some reason I can't remember and a few years after that switched back to the Cachet books. The Cachet journals got really beat-up by June and I would have to glue them together using paper from brown supermarket bags - real jankety-looking.

This year I'm switching to the Strathmore Toned Tan Art Journal for my annual  5.5 X 8.5 inch journal and my 8.5 X 11 "Big Journal". The paper is a nice mid-tone brown, a bit cooler & grayer than the Cachet paper. The paper is really good for dry media like colored pencils and pastel. I'm using an assortment of pens, Prismacolor pencils and Koh-I-Noor Gioconda pastel pencils and Faber Castell Pitt monochrome pencils and some other stuff (I get my stuff at Wet Paint in St. Paul).

Here's some examples from the big journal and the first page of my 2013 journal. We have a great view of the iconic, red neon First Bank Building sign from our loft in the Union Depot (see "Union Depot renovation: ‘There are so many parts that are absolutely gorgeous"as told to Minnpost's Joe Kimball). I think I'll make it an annual tradition to start off my annual journals with a sketch of the First Bank Building.

Click on the pics to make them bigger:

New and old journals.


A simple sketch with a Preppie pen, Prismacolor and pastel pencils.


Bones in the MN Science Museum from the Big Journal

More bones in the MN Science Museum from the Big Journal

Sunday, November 18, 2012

A Remarkable Piece of Human Powered Machinery

A few years ago, this remarkable, human-powered machine was discovered in a hidden vault in the basement of the Union Depot in St. Paul. There is speculation that this device was part of a research program funded by railroad tycoon James J. Hill, who was interested in all modes of transportation. Hill apparently was interested in the research of an inventor  rumored to have invented a crude teleportation device powered by a bicycle. There is no conclusive evidence confirming the huge machine discovered in the Union Depot is that teleportation device, but my sources tell me that the machine had another, more amazing purpose. When I am able to confirm the rumor, you will read it here first - stay tuned...