Sometimes I like to think that I’m a bit of a metalhead. Then Eleanor makes fun of me for it and I realize how square I really am.
Lately, I’d been feeling the itch to try to do something a little bit different. Most all of my “professional art career” I’ve always been playing the role of working within someone else’s style. So I’ve been trying to make it a point to set aside time to do some personal work. Some self indulgent explorations if you will. So in a fit of feeling a little bit like a metalhead something kinda clicked.
To make a long story short, a friend of mine has thought that Mother Medusa was the most badass name for anything that ever was. It turns out to be the name of a hot rod in a modern day B movie that he had watched. I have yet to watch the film, but to me the name felt like something out of a neo-classical painting. For some reason I found myself thinking about it and a couple of visuals popped into my mind. After some image searching I found the proper paintings that I had been thinking of. Two very similar pieces by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, The Queen of Angels and Virgin with the Lily. Since both of these paintings are very religious I looked to the work of Becky Cloonan and Jeanne D’Angelo to help me “darken” it up a bit. I thought I was done with it and then Eleanor told me to put some flames on it. Now I’m just left struggling with how Medusa got pregnant in the first place.
William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s “Virgin with the Lily”.
William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s “Queen of Angels”
Promo art for the band “The Sword” by Becky Cloonan
“Medusa” by Jeanne D’Angelo
This is an oldie but was very much me this morning…
Last month we were running a bike jersey raffle on Instagram and then decided to offer the same raffle to people that visited us at the Philly Bike Expo.
I’d like to congratulate @bikesbikesbaby and Kevin Lau. They’ve both won their very own Sunflowers jersey. Thanks for taking part.
Remember, those of you not lucky enough to win, you can pick up your own jersey at www.justeleanor.com/shop
MORE FREE STUFF!!! We’re exhibiting at the Philly Bike Expo this weekend with sizing samples of our new jerseys. Yup, you’ll be able to order them on the spot! We’ll also be selling various art prints and giving away little trinkets. To get the word out we’re running another contest! “Regram” this image w/your size and the hashtag #justeleanorpbe and you’re entered for a chance at a free jersey! We’ll be picking the winner after the dust settles .
If you’re on Instagram, we’re running a contest to win a grab bag of FREE STUFF. If you “regram” this image with the hashtag #justeleanorlucky13 you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of thirteen bundles that include a t-shirt, magnets, pins, patches, and a scratch ‘n’ sniff pen. The winners will be chosen on October 31st so act now!
If you’re not on Instagram, don’t fret, you can still shop at our store and receive 15% off of your order by entering in the code “lucky13” at checkout. The coupon code is valid up until November 15th.
I know, kinda scary good, right?
We’re excited to bring you our L’Alpe d’Huez and Sunflower jersey designs inspired by our popular Tour de France prints. These premium jerseys are made to order in the USA at Voler Cycling Apparel‘s Grover Beach, CA (very green) factory. Available in men’s and women’s sizes these jerseys feature Genesis performance fabric, three rear pockets across the lower back, raglan sleeves, and a full length hidden zipper. Comfortable, breathable, and great looking! Since these jerseys are made to order please allow 7 days for production before they ship.
Place your order through Voler Cycling Apparel here.
Are you moving? Recently moved? Maybe you’re just finally ready to tell people where you live?
Well you’re in luck. You can purchase some of my newly designed moving announcement postcards available at Tiny Prints. Personalize them with your info and click to order. Pretty darn simple!
Get ready for the start of the Tour de France on July 5th. Just in time we’ve got our new Le Tournesol T-shirt design for sale at Apres Velo. The French translation for sunflower seems like an appropriate pun for the race leader’s maillot jaune. This latest design is a collage of this year’s tour where we’ll see riders traversing cobbled roads, picturesque vineyards, winding mountain climbs, and finally the Arc d’Triomphe in Paris. Available in men’s and women’s sizes.
We’re pretty excited to finally be able to talk about our artwork being chosen to be used for this year’s #itsmytour competition by Specialized Bicycles. If you aren’t familiar its a fun contest to play while you follow along with this year’s Tour de France. Register and play here. Quoted from the site:
From Saturday, July 5th to Sunday, July 27th 2014 the Tour de France will take place for the 101st time. If you are one of us and can’t wait to follow the Tour from the first to the 3.664th kilometer you are in the right place.
Be part of our #ITSMYTOUR Campaign and win a special trip to the Specialized Headquarters in Morgan Hill, California to meet our founder Mike Sinyard. As a keepsake of this trip you will receive an original road bike ridden by one of our Specialized athletes during the Tour the France 2014.
Prove your knowledge, experience and intuition in professional cycling and place your bet during the 21 stages on the winner of each stage or stage winning team as well as on the rider wearing the Yellow Jersey on the respective day.
To be on time to place your first bet you can first register by July 3rd 2014.
Recently, Eleanor and I did a new identity/rebranding for Trophy Bikes. Trophy is a local Philadelphia bike shop that’s felt like family to me for going on 9+ years. They sell and service bicycles with a speciality in practical, affordable, and fun transportation for commuters and cyclo-tourists. After working closely with manager, Andrew Susser, and staff we’ve come up with something that we’re all really proud of. There’s been a soft rollout of the logo right now on the web and various social medias, but I hope to do a proper post once we’ve implemented more practical items. Thanks to Trophy for being such a pleasure to work with!
Icon heavy “square” application.
Horizontal application of the logo.
Various random sketches and false starts.