Virtual Open Studio #14

This week’s image combines two of The Artist’s Passions ~ art and motorcycling.

He has always drawn and painted motorbikes, or parts thereof, (as the folio cases and canvases stashed in the attic bear witness) and has actually built a couple. Over the years he’s owned many, moderating every one, to improve performance and make it more aesthetically pleasing. He calls it ‘fettling’ ~ and sometimes man just has to fettle!

Whilst at Plymouth College of Art and Design, studying Creative Digital Art, Martin taught himself how to use ‘Illustrator’. He bought a book and, throughout the summer vacation, sat indoors at his computer, learning to drive the programme.

For his first project, in which he used a range of techniques, he chose a subject that he knew well. He had an idea about marrying a 1930’s motorcycle engine with a modern technology, so he designed one ~ sketching, scanning and manipulating the image, to produce this:



From imagination to pencil sketch to digital painting. Incredible!

And if he built it, the bike would actually work.

This work is ours so copyright conditions apply πŸ™‚


18 thoughts on “Virtual Open Studio #14

  1. Yes, Joss, the reflection ‘made’ it for me, too! Martin would deny ‘having soul’, saying that his artwork is simply an experiment in composition, effect and technique. But we’ll see about that, when I post next week’s offering! πŸ˜‰

  2. That is one sexy looking bike! He should build it — it’s probably fetch a pretty penny. As always I am completely blown away by his talent — thank you for sharing it.

    1. He could Kathy – but not before he puts the vintage kit car on the drive back together! (it’s been standing there for 7 years now, so don’t hold your breath!) thank you for your wonderful comments – Martin really does appreciate them! πŸ™‚

  3. *Grin* I LOVE that word, “fettle”. What a marvelous word! The bike is really cool looking, but like you and others have noted, the thing that puts it over the top (aside from being my favorite color, purple) is the reflection. Well done! I’d love to see a built, real-life version of it!

    1. Purple is my favourite colour too, Corina, which is why I chose this version to showcase (there’s another, in orange.) Martin thought the reflections out very carefully, with his usual meticulous attention to detail – thank you for commenting on that. I think you are right, it does bring lift the painting to a different level πŸ™‚

  4. P.S. The subtle rain in the background which made the puddles is a detail that shows Martin’s dedication to “just the right touch” of embellishment. πŸ™‚

    1. I have been known to call Martin’s attention to detail ‘obsessive’ – but I’m going to use your word now, Corina. ‘Dedication’ is so much kinder, so thank you for that! πŸ™‚

  5. You mentioned Martin’s digital “fettling”… Has there been pottering in the past here as well? AMAZING detail work – loved the underlying physiology of the skull piece (Sorry, I’ve been beetling about between postings here for a while now.)

  6. Thank you, Deb, I’ll pass your compliments on. Martin’s work is amazingly detailed and accurate and he whiles away many a happy hour researching, drawing, rendering and even ‘pottering’ with modelling clay. He just isn’t aware of how talented he is!

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