Biking has the potential turn a daily commute into an epic adventure. I envisioned a superhero-urban explorer who can reshape concrete jungles and bend avenues and alleyways to her will.
Design and illustration are the means through which I investigate, engage, and (hopefully) enrich the digital and physical spaces we inhabit. A lot of my illustration revolves around the activities I enjoy (such as snowboarding, surfing and biking) and the cultures surrounding them.
I wanted to try a design that used negative space, so I started sketching ideas around that. Once I had the rough concept, I did a pencil drawing of the main elements at scale. I scanned that drawing into Adobe Illustrator and used the pen tool to trace my line work. From there, I used Illustrator and Photoshop to color the piece and add texture.
I remember getting my first bike as a kid, and how I could suddenly explore so much further and with less supervision. Bikes are one way to see, smell, and hear the world in a fresh way, which is, for me at least, essential to creativity.
The skull within the leaves wasn’t part of the original plan, but it sort revealed itself once I brought my sketches into the computer. This was the first four-color poster that I’ve printed myself, which was a big challenge but also a ton of fun.
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