If you're heading to any of the Revolution Series this year make sure you hunt down these new rider cards I've illustrated for four of the UK's top riders. A big thanks to all the riders, the guys at the Revolution Series for asking me to be involved and everyone at Rouleur Magazine.
AMR approached Rouleur and myself to create a one off mug for the night to be sold alongside the auction lots. Olympic Gold Medallist Chris Boardman has worked with AMR for many years, and it was decided that his portrait would go on these very special mugs. I got to meet Chris on the night and he and the people that bought the mugs really loved them, there was a queue of people wanting them signed by the man himself. Thanks to everyone at AMR it was a great night!
After working with Oakley over the summer on their space at Look Mum No Hands, the opportunity came about for myself and Rouleur to work with one of their sponsored riders and one of the most recognisable and successful faces in modern cycling; Mark Cavendish.
After the success of the EDDY vinyl [which is now sold out] the decision was made to create something similar and to incorporate Oakley and Mark's signature glasses to this new vinyl figure. We used the craftsmen we did with the EDDY, and soon after I sent over my initial artwork and turn around drawings, the sculpts started coming back to us for feedback. Seeing your work go from 2d flat image on a page into a 3d sculpt is really exciting and they quickly had it spot on. Painted versions followed until finally about 6months later I held the final version in my hand, and was able to take the tiny Oakley approved sunglasses from his face and place them on his head.
The feedback I've had from Mark, Oakley and all the people that have since bought the vinyl has been great. I can't wait to create more like this in the future. A big thank you to everyone involved, and if you want to get hold of your very own Mark click the shop button at the top of the site!
I created this portrait for Helen Wyman to use during this years Cyclocross season as a rider card at races and hopefully on merchandise such as bottles etc. I'm a huge Cyclocross fan and to work with Helen [European and 8 times British Champion] and Stef Wyman on this has been really something.
Head to the shop [at the top of the page] to check out each Classic Legend mugged by Stoke's finest china, and If you're heading out to Flanders this year make sure you pick up a ROGER or FREDDY shirt or both!
Getting the chance to work with real crafts people is my main aim when I create and develop products. This screen print is no exception, Dan Mather is one of the best I know, and his attention to detail [just look how he wrapped the prints we he sent them over] and skill shines through in every piece he creates. I've worked with Dan on various projects including my ltd edition print of Bradley Wiggins we released last year when he won the Tour.
Take a look at some of the photos he sent us while he was working on the print and you can see why these prints are selling like very hot things. Thanks to Dan for all his hard work on this print, I know I got writers cramp just signing them all, so I've no idea how it must have been to pull each colour by hand!
You can buy the prints over at the Rouleur shop, they're very ltd edition, printed on beautiful dark grey stock, and are numbered and signed by me. Just click the SHOP button at the top of the page.
Each rider has seen them and signed off the artwork themselves. After they were released I got the twitter based seal of approval from a certain Giro winner with a very kind ReTweet. Thank you Vincenzo!
Using the power of instagram, and the fact I'd met the man in question at the end of the last cycling season to present him with a print of mine from the Tour of Britain, I asked him his thoughts. You don't ask, you don't get, and all that.
He liked it!
Result! I thought, and found some time to work it into the colour version you see above [still forgetting that pesky earring... ah well.] Kristian is now using this as his Facebook profile picture, so that's quite a lot more eyes on the work than sitting in the draw gathering dust, I guess.
I then did the same quick doodle of "King Of Scotland" Rapha Condor JLT riders James MacCallum. James and I had spoken last year when he suggested Ronde get in touch with me about my first exhibition, and he mentioned the idea of creating a portrait of his own. I then met him again at last years Tour Series in Canary Wharf where he mentioned the drawing further. So doodling him seemed like the next step for this looser, comic strip style I'm working on for perhaps something in the future.
James also loved his drawing! Fantastic I thought and he now has it as his twitter profile pic. In your face dusty draw!
I'm going to continue with this throughout 2013, you never know who's going to see your work online. It's how all of this started for me with Rouleur Magazine. So put it out there, whatever the feedback. You never know.
Rouleur Magazine who made this possible. You can get EDDY NOW over at the Rouleur online shop, so swoop now... He's limited and once he's gone he's gone and he's going faster than a fast thing. It's a pretty proud moment. Thanks.
When British Cycling approached Rouleur and myself to create artwork for mugs I jumped at the chance. With the buzz that's currently around British Cycling and London 2012 this was one of my biggest opportunities to date. To think that multi gold medal winning atheletes such as these have seen and signed off the portraits you see above is prety fantastic. I'm really pleased with the work and you will soon be able to get hold of them on mugs sold through the Rouleur website.
If you're lucky enough to head to the Cycle Show this weekend in Birmingham you can pick up the portraits for free on postcards! Give me a shout on twitter if you manage to get hold of some. I hope you like them.
A HUGE thanks to all the guys at British Cycling and Rouleur magazine for making this happen. And and even biger thanks to Sir Chris Hoy, Ed Clancy, Laura Trott and Victoria Pendleton for their time and feedback about my work.
Mugs will be launched very soon.
I had been asked to provide some artwork for the overall winner of the combativity prize of the whole Tour of Britain, sponsored by Rouleur Magazine. So the piece you see [which is based around my 'one day in july piece' with a Tour of Britain twist] was printed up, framed and was there to meet me on Sunday, when I went along with my Dad to watch the race and present the prize to the overall combativity winner on the podium... a certain rider by the name of Mr Mark Cavendish.
The race reached its exciting climax and I was called up onto the podium. The crowds were HUGE... British cycling is currently on the crest of a wave, and with people 10 deep or more at the barriers it was mind blowing. Mark came up to join me, collect his flowers, have a shake of the hand and then came the interesting task of trying to hand over the HUGE print to one of cyclings current icons. I said "I hope you enjoy sticking it on your wall..." I was met by a wide Cavendish smile. It was a moment I won't forget. If he fails to re-capture his world champs jersey on Sunday I think I can safely say to be the final person to shake his hand on a podium in the stripes. He's done that jersey proud.
For a closer look at the very rare one off print [perhaps now hanging in Mark Cavendish's loo...] click on the image.