Over 100 participants joined us for three separate drawing sessions in the spectacular Raphael Gallery. The evening guest-starred Tim Gunn from The Old Bicycle Showroom and was presented by Bobbin owners, Tom & Sian.
“One of the purposes of drawing is to train us to understand through observation. Like the figure, a bike is an animate object. Drawing a resting bike can help us to understand how it’s made and how it works.
Like the figure, bikes are very hard to draw. They have a skeleton (frame); straight lines and curves; joints (lugs); legs (stays); a back end; an inherent latent strength; and a capacity to move and power forwards. Bikes are holistic: each part of their design relates to, and relies on, the others.
Because bikes work with - and mirror - bodies, a used bike can contain subtle clues about it's past owners. From these you can start to piece together the bike’s narrative: the journeys and adventures it’s been on.
A beautiful bike is much more that the sum of its parts: it’s a balance of aesthetics, form and function. These things, coupled with the animation that comes from human use, are what give a bike its unique character: its soul. As your pencil takes its own exploratory journey across paper, these mysteries will begin to reveal themselves.”
Photo album: https://plus.google.com/photos/107537559376894787324/albums/5862223593310278545
Event information and full programme: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/f/friday-late/