About a week after Hazel was born I got a magazine cover illustration job for St. Kate's Magazine. This was surprisingly welcome since I was doing so many different things - changing diapers, feedling a baby, waking up at all hours, washing bottles, etc. - so it was great to work on an illustration. It made me feel a bit normal! So, while Hazel slept all bundled next to me I worked on this cover illustration in the bed. It came out nicely, I think, but it's not really like my other work. Under the cover image you'll see some other versions that I did as sketches for this. Maybe I was a little out of my mind at the time :)
Hi everyone, Peter here. I'm Eleanor's somewhat silent creative partner (which has made the URL of this site rather ironic). Eleanor and I have been talking for awhile about how it would be fun to write an entry about our process. In the past, our bicycle prints have been our truest collaboration. With this latest upcoming series, that's still true. So it seemed like the most obvious thing to showcase how we work together.
Eleanor and I both really enjoy cycling. The sport of it may be a bit more my passion, but we both love the adventure and the experience of it. From riding around for utility to recreation, it's a part of our everyday life. On occasion we've been able to take longer tours together. Last year I was lucky enough to ride Velodirt's Oregon Outback (granted a week before the actual event). Unfortunately, Eleanor wasn't able to join me because she was very pregnant with our daughter at the time. Truthfully she was probably more than happy to sit this one out because this trip had its fair share of "roughing it". Having never done anything quite like this, and having never seen this part of the country before this felt like a unique experience to find some inspiration.
Riding around for several days through the high desert of Oregon and then along the Columbia river gorge proved to be stunning. The weather was perfect, dry and cool. A lot of time was wasted pulling over to take numerous panoramic photos. I won't labor the details of the trip because that'd be better discussed over a cup of coffee someplace cozy. Besides, I highly recommend you go and experience it for yourself since the event will be held in 2015 as well. I mention the copious photography because I wanted to capture as many impressions as I could so that we might be able to later translate them into art prints. Here are a few of the highlights:
So when the adventure was over and I had come home, Eleanor patiently sat through my boring slideshow of photos. Eventually we got talking about which images stood out to us. There were several pictures I had taken that resonated with us. Normally, we don't work very closely with reference images but recently I have started making Photoshop collages to help elaborate ideas. Sometimes it helps communicate certain details that we eventually stylize. I'd like to walk you through one of those collages. I'm not certain this image will make its way through to a finished piece but the initial process is rather telling.
I also had some other abstracted ideas that I thought might be nice outside of the scope of what was actually photographed. Something about a worm's eye view through a bicycle wheel looking at some grazing deer or something.
I'd also like to note that all of this usually starts off with us taking a little bit of time out of the office to have a nice cup of coffee nearby and jot down some really quick, small sketches.
That's all I've got for now. I hope you've enjoyed the look inside! The plan is to debut this new series of prints rather soon. Keep your eyes peeled!