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.