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Friday, October 7, 2011

Illustration Friday: "Contraption"


Here's something a little different. I've drawn a lot of contraptions in my life, some intentional, some accidental, but this is probably the most recent. Also probably the last completely hand- drawn illustration I did before my love affair with photoshop began. I drew it in 2002.
Many of you know of my interest in antique motorcycles, I have a small collection of them, but I have never desired one like the above 'chopper'. This type of motorcycle is so radically altered as to be barely functional anymore, completely defeating the purpose of the machine. If you desire to go in a straight line to biker bars and back again, then this is the bike for you. They look great parked in front of your favorite watering hole, but they're about as maneuverable as a mud fence. Anyway, I wanted to draw a sixties biker theme, and a chopper is all about that. Keep the shiny side up, bros. Peace.

21 comments:

  1. Wow! I like much the drawing style in this one. Popeye is the king of the road!

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  2. Yes, I can see from your drawing, you are interested in motorcycles! ( I don't) . But your drawing is excellent !



    ( Also we, residents of Artichokistan, write 2002 as 2011 :D )

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  3. This is great, Ted! I like the change-up in genre and style :)

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  4. you could turn this into a badass sticker!
    also, now that we know you own several motorbikes, i'm expecting some biker/gear gags in the future!

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  5. I like your pre photoshop style...great illo! I also like the mud fence feel of a chopper!

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  6. Awesome drawing! I know what you mean about digital. I've become far to dependent on Adobe.

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  7. So fun! I'm sending this post to my Mom who has something of a Popeye obsession.

    So, is an animated chopper in our future? :-O Yay for media old, new & in-between! I love them all!

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  8. Ah, very good work Ted.
    I like to see that line handmade, your love may be the photoshop, but I'm sure your heart has a pen stuck right in the middle! ha ha!
    I love Olivia's legs
    (I wonder what kind of motorcycle, has Bluto?)

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  9. Very nice drawing.

    Sorry if this has been asked/answered before. You have such a great archive, why don't you use the original date stamps, for example 2002 in this case?

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  10. Hahahahaha!!! This is FANTASTIC, Ted! Much better on land than a dinghy. I saw a guy recently zooming by with ridiculously high handlebars. I had to check twice to make sure it was not an orangutan.

    I really love your hand drawn lines. Hope to see some more!

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  11. Haha - Having grown up with Popeye cartoons I really love this! And the level of detail in this is great. Love Popeye's naked belly pooch hanging over his pants.

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  12. Dude, I totally bow down before your talent. This is amazing work and reminds of some cliched saying about how you need to know the rules before you can break them. I love the action/reaction/interaction that exudes all through this piece. Phenom b/w work against that pop of color set in the iron cross is just brilliant. I am not a hog fan but I sure would beat up Popeye for those boots :)

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  13. Wonderful, Dynamic and Funny!!!
    3x3=1

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  14. yeahhh this is awesome, Popeye and Olive sure knew how to how to look like a biker: wear the right clothing---leather pants, jackets, vests, gloves, boots, bandanas!

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  15. hi OldPlainTed, i'm glad you laughed (though i didnt mean it to be funny, i was really serious about my make-up thing, hehe...)

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  16. Popeye was one of my favorites growing up. I love this one.

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  17. haha, love those fierce faces, Popeye and Olive never looked as good as in here!
    I watched the Unkwown Chaplin, it was amazing to see how he started working on a movie with maybe just a few little ideas in mind and developed the whole story while shooting, it was as if films were his own sketchbooks.
    I don't think any big studios will let anyone do these kind of things anymore, they would probably think it would be a waste of time and money. That was a beautiful time for cinema, specially for comedies. Chaplin was a real artist.
    Thanks for recommending this documentary, I really enjoyed watching it :)

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  18. Wow!!! Ted, I didn´t see your motorized Popeye before... it´s amazing!

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