A couple weeks ago we wrapped up the second part of the Lemolo Baggage photoshoot in NE Portland. While the first half including sweeping images of the stark and beautiful Oregon coast, this shoot was to demonstrate city usage of Lemolo, even as a trusty waterproof motorcycle bag.
The images above are just a few of my favorite raw photos. Photographer Dylan Long captured some casual strolls, coffee shop sippin’, and me & my lil’ Honda riding off with Lemolo on my back (I now absolutely loathe my ugly army surplus bag).
Look for the next stage, where Eagle & Wolf brings you the website launch, product line, and Lemolo LookBook.
Today a little bit of life is going to bleed into my blog. We’re going to file this under “Aesthetics”.
Both Jake & I seem to have developed a taste for old shiny things.
These two immaculate machines have traveled through time and space, by magic and wizardry, to arrive at the home of Eagle & Wolf. They will be well-cared for and we will love them like children.
I purchased my 1973 Honda CL 100 over two years ago. It was being sold as a pair with a CL 350. A friend of mine wanted the bigger bike, but needed to find someone to buy the smaller one. I wasn’t even looking, but once I saw it, I had to buy it.
Jake got his 1972 Mercedes Benz 250 two weeks ago. He needed a car and finally decided he wanted an old Benz. Literally the next day at a party, a friend said, “Hey, I know someone who’s selling.” It’s funny how well it suits him.
You know what’s crazy? Combined they cost less than $4,000. Man, why not?
For the past two weeks, I have been (impatiently) waiting for my motorcycle to be done with some maintenance repairs at the cycle shop. That day finally came. Just in time for
The deadline for the latest FIB Re-Covered Books contest is today! Get hustle.
The legitimacy of comic books rises, as featured in the New York Times.
How to make boring engagement photos actually interesting – this is hilarious.
This fashion video featuring Peggy Moffitt is very 60′s mod.
Whoa – what? Look at all these animated watercolors for Ralph Lauren’s children’s collection video! Still not convincing me to buy $75 ripped jeans for an 8-year-old.
Amazing illustrated cover for Time Magazine by Tim O’Brien.
Recently opened Portland bar Dig A Pony just posted this time-lapse video showcasing the construction process.
I can dig it – Chanel’s FW 2011-2012 campaign was shot in a photobooth.
Ok, these zombie platforms are totally ridiculous – and just might be perfect for Halloween (they freaking glow in the dark!).
Check out this re-designed opening sequence for Mad Men. By Paul Rogers.
More photos of chrome adventures coming soon. Labor Day weekend is going to be awesome.
Doodles from the past week. My sketchbook is happy to be getting love again.
On Saturday, Jake and my buddy Carey went to The One Motorcycle show, featuring lotsa vintage and custom motorbikes. There was a huge turnout and many, many cans of PBR.
Alas, we did not bring a decent camera to the show. Bummer.
There was artwork there, too.
We stumbled upon this soft sculpture, and I recognized the work immediately from the first time I took notice during the Portland Zombie Walk. I spotted a small stack of cards next to hand-stitched PBR cans and have put a name with the work. The sculptures are made by local artist Kelly Rundle.
Here’s a much, much better photo of the soft bike from her site:
And here are other examples:
Ahhhh! So rad.
Beware the artist with felt marker in hand. You may be the next victim/delightful recipient.
Posted in Inspiration, Motorbike, Sketchbook
Tagged Eyes, Hands, Ink, Kelly Rundle, Little Wolf, Maryanna Hoggatt, motorcycle, Portland, Sketchbook, Sketches, Soft Sculpture, The One Motorcycle show, Thread, watercolor
A couple of scrappers:
A Dia De Los Muertos Frank
I made this doodle yesterday evening during a lull at the ol’ jobby job, using a ballpoint pen.
Shortly afterwards, I rode my Honda home. It was a wonderful ride at 3 am, not a soul on the road – just me, my bike, and the big moon.
As the seasons slowly (very, very slowly) blend into another, I am also transitioning into a new job. Unfortunately, no, not the dream one, and doubly unfortunately, I must spread my Illustration time even more thinly. As things change and settle into new places, I must also find new ways to divide my time.
So here’s a throwback for you.
As I tell most people, I’m a Neil Young kind of girl. I haven’t always been, but certain people in my Arizona fabric of friends helped instill my love for this folky singer, and Decade is still one of my favorite vinyls to throw on the record player.
This piece was an assignment in my Word+Illustration class at PNCA last year. I vaguely remember the parameters, but I think it had to be based off a photo and include words about the subject.
I used this photo for reference:
Around town in the car, at home in the studio, late nights around the table with friends and some beers, on the long drive from Arizona to Portland, Neil Young has been the soundtrack to many occasions.
Another random scrapper for you, found in another random place:
Lastly, this past Sunday was a rad day, because Jake finally got his motorcycle! The fruition of this long-time obsession only means this summer will be spent mainly on two wheels.
I love classic bikes. For tons and tons of vintage motorcycle photos, visit my AZ friend Cindy’s blog – she has an endless supply!
Posted in History, Motorbike
Tagged gouache, Hand-lettered, Ink, Jake Hollomon, Little Wolf, Maryanna Hoggatt, motorcycle, Neil Young, Portrait, Sketches, Yamaha RD350
I spent most of last week sick with a head cold and laying around hating life because I didn’t have the energy to do anything. Toward the end of the week, however, I felt much better, and was able to put together a drawing for my friend Carey for his birthday.
If there are three things in life that Carey likes, it’s taxidermy, motorbikes, and design. If there are five things, they would include Lil’ Wayne and scouring estate sales.
I wanted to make a drawing that would include his Bear Cub persona (we all seem to be animals around here), and it’s never really good unless I’m laughing while making it.
I referenced this original photo of Carey on his Honda:
I went with my usual materials of Bristol board, Micron pen, vine charcoal, and charcoal pencils.
The final result:
I really enjoy making drawings for my friends on their birthdays. I find it is more gratifying and personalized than anything I could ever purchase for them.
There is no better way to top off a crappy sick week than taking long bike rides on a beautiful Spring day. Jake and I pulled out my lil’ moped and Honda and cruised downtown Portland, NE, and dreamy suburban neighborhoods. My AZ blood fully appreciated the warm sun.
More sketches for the character of Miss That, for the book, The End of This & That. The author and I both agreed that the first versions were too clean and nice. Still working to find that certain quirkiness.
Also, summer is almost here in Portland. Anyone who knows a Portland summer feels the same amount of ridiculous excitement I do as the days get warmer and brighter. This is quite the opposite of how I felt while living in Arizona — burning alive for 7 months of the year really made me want to kill myself.
And yes, it’s almost time to ditch the car….