May 24 2023
We’re at the Bike Shed Moto Show this year!
We’re headed to London tomorrow to get our stand set up ready for this year’s Bike Shed Moto Show at the beautiful and historic Tobacco Docks.
Opening Friday evening for the VIP event, the show is open to the public all day Saturday and Sunday, and brings you ‘Custom Motorcycles, Art, Photography, Curated Retail, Live Music, Bars, Great Coffee & Quality Street-food, Lounges, Whisky Bar, Barbershop, Tattoos and much more…’
We’ll be there with our original pencil drawings and prints celebrating our wonderful motorcycle culture, as well as live drawing, demonstrating how we create these insanely detailed drawings, which someone recently described as ‘dead good’! Come judge for yourself! We’ve always had a fantastic time at the Bike Shed Show and it’s you guys that make it just the best weekend, we’re really looking forward to seeing you.
Tickets are available here – https://www.universe.com/events/bike-shed-moto-show-london-2023-tickets-W1DBK9
May 10 2023
New Product – ‘Shed Special’ Art Poster Print
This custom Honda was a drawing commission from last year’s Bike Shed Show London, with the roof of the historic Tobacco Docks building both reflected in the tank of the bike and included in the background as a line drawing to celebrate the bike’s inclusion in the show.
This is now available as a full-size Art Poster, much larger than the original drawing, with added text. We worked with a translator to create a flow from ‘shed special’ to ‘custom bike’ with the date of the show, cascading down the poster in a color similar to cherry blossom as a nod to the bike’s heritage as well as the new interpretation in custom form.
The Art Poster is available in our online shop here with free shipping in the UK, and will be for sale on our stand at this year’s Bike Shed Show, once again at Tobacco Docks. See you there!
May 4 2023
New Product – ‘Destination Triumph’ Art Poster Print
We worked with Destination Triumph Dorset to create a commissioned drawing of their special anniversary custom Triumph T120 motorcycle, designed in collaboration with The Speedshop. The bike has a very unique tank design, linking previous catalogue illustrations of the Tiger Cub and vintage Triumph Twin onto a modern motorcycle to celebrate the history of the brand.
This meticulous drawing is now available as a larger image print on a gorgeous heavyweight art poster paper with a beautiful finish that really lets the image pop with detail. You can buy your poster here.
April 14 2023
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride
We’re riding for the DGR charity again this year – raising awareness and funds for men’s prostate cancer and their mental wellbeing. We’re taking part in the Bournemouth-Poole ride here in Dorset.
It is of course a lovely day out for motorcyclists and a fun event, but the seriousness of the charity is always with us on the ride – ‘Globally, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men’, and ‘on average, we lose one man to suicide every minute of every day’.
The ride provides the opportunity to make men and their loved ones aware of the health issues that may put them at risk, and the funds raised help to give men opportunities to address those concerns and get the support they need.
And we’ve seen those funds work right here on our own doorstep – Project Pit Stop had provided social events for men to get together in an environment where it’s not just comfortable to talk openly about physical and mental health but the organizers provide a doctor and mental health workers along with bike mechanics and speakers on a range of topics.
We’re staying local for our ride as we’ll also be based as a business at the Triumph dealership in Christchurch for the day, so if you want to come and see what this wonderful day is all about and how your donation makes a difference it’s a good opportunity to see it in action.
Please do donate if you’re in a position to do so, and if you’re not able to donate this year, please share this post and help spread the awareness of the charity and their work. Thank you.
Feb 11 2023
‘A Zest For Life’ Print Release
The first of our motor vehicle drawing commissions is finally available as a print. ‘A Zest For Life’ is a beautifully detailed realistic pencil drawing of a classic Triumph TR4, and we’ve released it in the same quality Fine Art giclée print format as our motorcycle prints.
This was a real labor of love, working closely with the client to capture the perfect shot and create the perfect drawing. The print is the same size as the original drawing, approximately 40 cm by 26 cm and is £50 unframed, with free shipping in the UK. You can purchase yours here.
Sept 24 2022
Triumph Destination Celebration Ride
Next weekend we’ll be live-drawing at Triumph Destination Dorset as part of their 120 year Celebration Ride day.
There’s a ride out with 120 bikes, live music, great food, some special build bikes to be unveiled, and Titch Cormack from Speed Shop will be doing a talk.
Our journey into this business of drawing motorbikes started with one of our own Triumphs, a Speed Triple, and we’ll be exhibiting that original drawing along with some of the prints of other Triumph drawings we’ve created over the years since. And we’ll be live-drawing, demonstrating how we create these insanely detailed pencil drawings.
Whatever you ride there’s a warm welcome so swing by, come enjoy a coffee with us and let’s chat bikes and art!
Aug 31 2022
The Overland Event
We’re back for a weekend of live drawing, and talking motorbikes and adventures at this year’s Overland Event. This is always a very special weekend, full of inspiring stories and lots of laughs as the many varied folks share where their bikes have taken them around the globe, and we feel privileged to have been welcomed with open arms into this community ever since we drew our first ‘round the world’ motorbike commission a few years ago.
We’ve got some interesting drawings that are now available as prints as well as the opportunity to see the Bike Shed inspired Art Poster ‘Motorcycles Saved My Life’ for sale at the show.
If you haven’t got a ticket for The Overland Event you can still buy the Art Poster here, but if you are at the show grab yourself a free tea or coffee and take a moment to gaze at this tour de force of a drawing. And we look forward to hearing all about your adventures and plans.
May 10 2022
Bike Shed London Show
We’re stoked to be back at this year’s Bike Shed London Show this May. In the beautiful historic setting of Tobacco Docks, we’ll be live drawing as well as exhibiting our original pencil drawings and prints so you can see our insanely detailed motorcycle art up close and watch how it’s made.
If you’ve been to the Bike Shed Show before you’ll know what a treat you’re in for, but if you’ve never visited then grab yourself a ticket and come and enjoy over 250 beautiful motorcycles that really are works of art, as well as selected brands and retailers, handmade accessories, art and photography. With great food and great live music, and a chill, family-friendly vibe to take it all in it really is Europe’s best independent motorcycle show.
See you there!
March 28 2022
New Print Releases
Print proof delivery day in the studio today! Always exciting to get these come through the mail, little A4 prints that mean we’re finally ready to launch a couple more full-size prints for sale.
These two, ‘On The Road Again’ and ‘Bonnie in Black’ are up for sale on our online shop –
and, unusually for a private commission, we’ll be offering the ‘Bonnie in Black‘ print as an open edition print (so you’ll always be able to purchase it, not limited in numbers) as well as a Rolling Road print. This drawing was a hard one to get photographed due to covid lockdown and restrictions, but the owner and the photographer made it possible for us to get this one done, so this one deserves a lot of love.
‘On The Road Again‘ will be a full-size print because frankly you really need it to appreciate the level of work in that lettering! It’s our biggest print to date and it looks absolutely fantastic, that work on the shiny Harley tank is next level and we’re really happy with how it turned out. And hopefully it’ll inspire you to load up that bike and take that trip you’ve been thinking about…
Jan 7 2022
Commissions are open for the New Year
We’re excited for the New Year mostly because of the awesome folks we know we’ll get to work with this year! We’re lucky we get to work on some very cool commissions each year, meeting and working with lovely folks, and it keeps our drawing skills sharp.
So if you’d like to be on our commissions calendar this year, get in touch. We’re currently booked til April, but we’re open for a chat if you have something in mind. Prices for this year start at £350 for a motorcycle drawing, £300 for a biker portrait, and £250 for a pet portrait, you can see the full list of prices and sizes here – https://thedrawn.studio/commissions/
Now that we’re back open taking commissions for this year so let’s talk about ‘reference photos’. We use reference photos for our motorcycle drawings. These aren’t sketches done in front of the bike itself, that’s something entirely different, we work from photos to create a highly-detailed, hyper-realistic pencil drawing of the motorbike that captures the emotions and passions we all feel about our bikes. If we can we like to take our own photos of the motorbike, always happy to travel on our own bikes to do this! But we can’t always get that opportunity so we’ll work with owners to help them get the best photos for us to work with. And sometimes we can’t be in that place at that time when a photo is taken that captures a moment in that motorbike’s history that’s really special to the owners. So we take a look at the photos the owners already have.
Sometimes we get photos of the bike taken from quite a distance away, which is good to see what the motorbike looks like overall, but the photos lack detail when you zoom in, the image pixelates. And we don’t draw the whole motorbike, so getting in close is how we photograph motorbikes ourselves.
This photo is a great one to work from, the light in the photo is behind the photographer, in this instance it’s the owner himself taking the photo, and we can clearly see the side of the motorbike without any harsh shadows across it. The light is good, sunlight is the best, we can see lots of dark shadows and bright reflections.
When we zoom in we can see the reflection in the tank and the tank badge clearly, we can see the writing on the mirror and the warping effect of the screen, and we can clearly see the fantastic reflection of the building in that front fender.
When we’re looking at reference photos we’re looking for detailed points such as these, it tells us if there’s enough information in that photo for us to be able to work with it.
Another winning aspect of this photo is the angle it’s taken at – it’s fairly low to the bike, we’re looking side-on at that tank, this is a great angle to start photographing any motorbike. If you stand upright often the angle is steeper, above the bike, and not as dynamic an image as when you drop the angle like the owner has here. With the camera taking a high resolution image, the light bright and clear, the angle low, and the reflections clear and interesting, we’ve got a great photo that’s going to enable us to make a fantastic drawing. So this is our ‘reference photo’. We like to use more than one, but if the quality is as good as this one we can work with just one if that’s all you’ve got from that really precious moment in time.
We’ll be following this image through its drawing commission process in future posts, but if you’d like to have a chat with us about a possible commission for your motorbike get in touch.
Dec 2 2021
‘Motorcycle Live’ at the NEC, Birmingham
We’re very excited to be live drawing this weekend on the Royal Enfield stand at ‘Motorcycle Live’ at the NEC in Birmingham. We’ll be there this Saturday and Sunday and we’ll be working on our drawing of a vintage 1937 Royal Enfield 1140cc V-twin, a stunning classic we were lucky enough to photograph earlier this year, which fits in beautifully with Royal Enfield’s celebration of 120 years of motorcycle manufacture.
We’ll be there demonstrating our craft of creating detailed, realistic motorcycle art and sharing our passion for motorcycles old and new, so come find us when you visit the Royal Enfield stand in Hall 4 this weekend.
Aug 10 2021
New Work – ‘Riding on the Curl’d Clouds’
There’s a lot that goes into making a motorcycle drawing and even more when we create Fine Art prints from that drawing. The whole process starts with a photo shoot of the motorbike, in this instance a classic 1942 Ariel, photographed in the brilliant sunshine back in April this year. We always pick an interesting background for the photoshoot – although we very rarely draw the background it needs to be something that if it’s reflected in the bike will add more interest.
Once we’re back in the studio we sift through the large number of photos and crop images to find the perfect composition that depicts the personality or story of the motorbike, and then the outline for the drawing is laid out on archival drawing paper. With this much work going into our drawings we use archival paper so that the drawing won’t age or discolor, it’ll stay good for more than a generation of owners.
Usually drawings don’t leave the safety of the studio until they’re completed and fixed with a professional spray that stops the pencil work being smudged ready to be photographed. But each year we’re live drawing at events and venues, so this Ariel went on show at a couple of places this summer. Folks get to see the drawing process up close and learn how we create these drawings, and the Ariel was a popular drawing from the get go. The first show, the Despatch Rally, was a celebration of historic military motorcycles and their riders, so this was in keeping with the event, and seriously, who doesn’t love an Ariel? The second live draw, this time at Bafflehaus, saw the bike itself and rider turn up, which thankfully answered a question about the tank badge which our many, many photos didn’t quite reveal!
Once back in the studio, work on the drawing was finished and it was given several coats of professional fixative, which is colorless and designed to work with archival papers. Then the drawing goes to be photographed. We use the photographer’s digital file to create the highest quality print we can, a Giclée print, and we invest a lot of time and energy in ensuring the print is as close to the original drawing as we can possibly get, and that, like the drawing itself, will last beyond the generation of the owner; it won’t age, fade, or discolor.
Photographing pencil drawings is always challenging because of the light bouncing off the graphite, creating a sheen. Polarizing lights and a specialist camera with a filter that controls the direction of the light means the image can be captured eliminating that sheen and retaining all the detail and tonal qualities of the original drawing. Watching this process is fascinating and always exciting to see the image appear on the monitor, zoom in and see the detail on a much larger scale. The color chart is added because the archival paper, although white isn’t true white, so the color chart gives the printer the information they need to get the print absolutely right. They use specialist printers, archival inks and archival papers to create the prints.
From here we get the Artist’s Print Proof, the first print of the image which we use to decide if we’re happy with the image quality when we very carefully compare it to the original drawing. If so, then we’re ready for the print release. The drawing is framed, the prints are ready for sale, and another fantastic motorcycle becomes part of our ever-growing portfolio of works.
You can get in touch if you’d like to commission a drawing of your own bike or visit our online shop, and this Ariel print “Riding on the Curl’d Clouds’ will be available in the next few weeks.
July 27 2021
‘The Racing Line’
Recently back from ‘The Art of Machine’ exhibition at this year’s Malle Mile, our latest original pencil drawing ‘The Racing Line’ is now up for sale on our online store.
“The Racing Line’ is a small collection of epic moments we experienced at last year’s Malle races and epitomizes the action and characters of these unique events.
Inspired by countless comments of how the drawings look like photos, not drawings, this is a blending of realistic drawing and precise line drawing, mixing it up a little. “
The drawing is approximately 74 x 21 cm and was created using HB and 2B pencils on heavyweight archival Atlantis Heritage Drawing paper. The drawing has been sprayed with Daler-Rowney Colorless fixative to preserve and prevent smudging and has been framed, ready to hang.
You can purchase ‘The Racing Line’ here and if you have any questions please get in touch.
June 17 2021
New Print Release
One side of our business is the drawings, the other side are the prints. When we set out to turn this drawing thing into a business one of the first decisions we made was to sell prints of the drawings. But the quality had to match the level of work that goes into each drawing, so we agreed it would be Giclée prints only.
Giclées are the highest quality you can buy, as close to owning the original drawing as you can get, but the process to get them right can take time. Each drawing is meticulously photographed by a professional, then the image is sent to a multi-award winning certified print studio and we work closely with each one to make sure the final print proof is perfect.
We’re very lucky to work with the team of folks that have helped us develop our business over the years so that we can consistently provide the best prints and send out a product that we’re proud of.
So, with a bit of a delay thanks to ongoing restrictions, here’s the latest addition to our Limited Edition Giclée prints, ‘Many Travels, Many Fortunes’.
This is the third drawing of an adventure motorcycle that’s been ridden in many parts of the world, and a unique challenge with that patterned fairing and those headlight grills! This print is on Hahnemühle German Etching paper, a textured heavyweight archival paper, and the image is printed using Fine Art Trade Guild approved printers and inks, so when you frame this it’s going to look stunning. It won’t yellow with age, or fade and will last for generations to come. And you can see all that insane detail that went into the original drawing, with the same impact of intense light and dark tones that go into all of our drawings.
You can purchase your signed and numbered print of ‘Many Travels, Many Fortunes’ in our online shop here. Your print will come in the same size as the original drawing, but if you’d like something different, get in touch, and we’ll see how we can help.
May 17 2021
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride
This Sunday we’ll be riding in The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride with fellow men and women across the globe to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer and men’s mental health on behalf of Movember.
Men die on average 6 years earlier than women and for largely preventable reasons. The number of men that are suffering is growing, and we need to do something about that.
So, before we press our tweed and polish our boots, we’re asking you to join us in raising funds and awareness for these causes by donating what you can for this meaningful cause and to help the men we love, live happier and healthier lives.
You can make a donation here – https://www.gentlemansride.com/rider/DrawnStudio – and thank you, every donation goes a long way towards changing men’s lives for the better.
Apr 21 2021
Getting Back to ‘Normal’
With restrictions easing in the UK, we’re getting back to a more normal working practice outside of the drawing studio. We’re back on the road taking photos for motorcycle and portrait drawings, and commissions are open again, so if you’d like to chat about a drawing get in touch. We recently tried out some new portrait ideas and we’ll be live drawing this portrait of Mark and his classic BMW R75 at some of the events we have on the calendar this summer.
We’re also back working with our photographer to create Fine Art Giclée prints from our motorcycle drawings, and this recently finished Africa Twin drawing ‘Many Travels, Many Fortunes’ was recently borrowed back from its owner to be photographed. The digital images will now go to the printers for the first proof, and we should have Limited Edition prints for sale of this drawing very soon.
While still working within Covid restrictions and safe practice, we’re keen to get back drawing live in front of folks again, along with chatting about bikes and art, and with some familiar and new events already on the calendar, we’re really looking forward to a more normal summer this year.
Feb 4 2021
Oliver – Pet Portrait
The newest addition to our family of pet portraits – ‘Oliver’. This portrait was commissioned for a birthday gift, and the best part for us was we got to hang out and play fetch with him while we took our own reference photos.
From the many, many photos we took we narrowed it down to several different angled shots for the client to choose which ones they liked best and we discussed how they wanted the drawing to look. Once we had a plan we put pencil to paper.
Using our regular set of HB and 2B pencils on a Daler-Rowney Heavyweight Cartridge paper, we started with his eye on the left and worked our way out from there. The eyes can be the most important part for capturing life and emotion in a portrait and Oliver has very bright, piercing eyes as he focuses intensely on the ball he’s waiting for you to throw! The day we photographed him the light was very bright, so we could see his eyes clearly, giving us a nice amount of information for the drawing.
Once finished the whole portrait is given a few gently-sprayed coats of Daler-Rowney Colorless Fixative to help prevent any smudging of that pencil work, and ‘Oliver’ gets carefully packaged up ready to go to his new home.
If you want to have a chat with us about a pet portrait commission hit the link or get in touch with us here.
Feb 2 2021
Work-in-progress – Africa Twin
Back in the summer of 2020 we photographed a round-the-world traveler’s motorcycle, an Africa Twin, for a private commissioned drawing.
Despite the restrictions in place because of the pandemic we were able to meet with the client and their motorbike to get our reference photos, and we picked one of the best days for sunny weather, you can see the bike’s just gleaming in that sunlight.
After editing through our photos we agreed with the client the reference images we would use for the drawing, so they could see how much of the motorcycle would be incorporated into the drawing and the angle we would see the bike from. We don’t draw the whole motorbike, we photograph the whole bike to find the best angles to use in the drawing, and then agree with the client, choosing between several reference images, which of those would be best to use for their drawing.
Once the client’s happy we lay out the drawing, and using several reference photos we begin to build up a hyper-realistic image of their motorcycle. On every motorcycle drawing we start the same way, working from left to right so that there’s minimal risk of smudging that dark pencil as we move across the paper.
You can really see the effect the bright sunlight has on the intensity of light and shadows even in the early stages of the drawing.
The shape of the fairing on this motorbike was always going to be tricky to make look right – its shape is camouflaged by the abstract patterning and branding design, but the bright sunlight picked out some intense reflections and those really help you read the shape much more easily. The lines of the things being reflected in the fairing distort with the shape of the surface they’re being reflected on and that helps the eye see the right shape. Those crash bars also help you see the direction the fairing goes, and the intense light making those shine makes them look incredibly three-dimensional and solid, a real joy to draw!
You’ll notice too that the motorcycle becomes slightly out of focus as it goes backward in the drawing. This again helps you see the bike more clearly, odd as that sounds, because the fairing stands out more and so you realize the depth of the bike. If it was all in focus it would be harder to differentiate between the top box and the fairing, unless the tones of the pencil work were greatly different, but then it loses the impact it has. Each artist makes their own personal choice how they interpret an image, but for us, we like solid heavy darks and strong intense lights, that’s our style.
If the fairing’s quite a challenge, it’s nothing compared to the double headlights and grills!
There’s many parts to this drawing that were always going to take either a fair amount of time or an intense level of concentration to get right, and there’s a lot of detail added to the bike too, like the stickers, but all this makes for a really enjoyable drawing process. But hey, we haven’t gotten on to that second headlight yet, so maybe check back with us to see if we’ve slowly lost it!
We’ve added more prints to our online shop; we’re now offering ‘Animal Prints‘, our usual high quality Giclée prints but focusing on our beautiful original pencil drawings of animals.
These artworks have our trademark attention to detail and bold pencil work and are printed on Somerset Enhanced Velvet cotton paper, perfect for reproductions with amazing detail, and with a subtle texture to the paper that gives a rich, Fine Art feel to your print. It’s as close as you can get to owning the original drawing.
At last year’s Malle Mile we were lucky to be right next to the action with our camera for what turned out to be the first muddy Mile and this year we were back exhibiting at ‘Art of the Machine’ with a series of drawings from those rain-soaked races, celebrating the riders and their unwavering enthusiasm despite the weather!
We created 4 drawings, packed with detail, and honestly it was a tough challenge trying to narrow down what would make it into the series from the 1000s of photos we had from the event.
All four original pencil drawings are for sale at £300 each and Limited Edition Giclée prints are available at £35 each. Prices don’t include shipping costs.
You can find the original drawings here and the Limited Edition Giclée prints here.
And we’ll be donating 20% of each sale of these drawings or prints to Two Wheels For Life.
We’re continuing with commissions during this lockdown period, and this is another recently finished work, ‘Where Next?’
This Triumph Tiger 800 belongs to Caroline Lunnon who recently completed a 15 month round the world trip. Click on the image to read about her journey.
“Photographed this Triumph Tiger 800 on the day Caroline rode it to Belgium, so the bike’s loaded up for another trip, much like it had been for the 15 months Caroline rode around the world. A dull day, overcast, and time short as Caz had a day’s ride ahead, we took as many photos as we could, trying all angles and moving her crash helmet around the bike. As soon as we dropped down behind the pannier the personality of the bike and the rider just fell into place, and the story of their journey around the world, the reason for the commission, started to come across in the image.
Those stickers, the personalized crash helmet, the hand painted 800, and the prayer flags made for a long landscape drawing that presented challenge after challenge to make all these focal points into a fluid image. It’s a bold statement of a motorbike, and rider, with a very personal, and still ongoing story.”
‘Where Next?’ will be made available as a Limited Edition print once we can get this drawing professionally photographed ready for Giclée printing.
In the meantime, we’re still working in our studio, under Covid19 measures to ensure a safe environment for us and the work we send out, so if you want to discuss a commission please get in touch or catch up with us on Facebook as we take a closer look at what goes into our unique motorcycle drawings.
This recent commission of a beautifully understated Triumph Bonneville T100 is titled ‘Bonnie in Black’, and will be made available as a Limited edition print once we can get it to the photographer’s.
“This good-looking Triumph Bonneville T100 is one of those understated bikes. Customized and edited with a careful eye, this is a bike that’s well-loved, but ridden, like a Triumph’s meant to be.
I know this bike, thought I was familiar with it, but once we parked up on the waterfront and started photographing this bike, I realized what a beautiful job the owner’s done. It’s got a quiet style to it, doesn’t scream ‘look at me’ but when you spend a moment with it you kinda want to take it home!
The black tank without the badge makes the lines of this bike stronger and it just begged to become a long landscape drawing. Balancing the dominance of the black with the reflections of the historic waterfront took time, it’s a busy image, but I think I brought something of this bike’s beauty to life on the paper.”
In the meantime we’re continuing to work in our studio. We’ve got measures in place to ensure it’s a safe environment, whether we’re drawing or sending out artworks and prints, with cleaning and sanitizing our absolute priority to keep both us and you safe.
We’re also using our Facebook page to share details of our drawings and some drawing exercises with you while we can’t be face-to-face, so go take a read or pick up the pencils and have a go yourself.
And stay safe folks.
We’re continuing to work during these unusual times – we are a small business with a studio that is not open to the public, so isolation is pretty easy for us, but nonetheless we are taking extra measures to ensure our workspace continues to be a safe environment with regular and extensive cleaning.
All commissions and shipping products are being handled with the same precautionary measures and we’ve been in touch with our Fine Art printers who create and ship our Open Edition prints and are wholly reassured that they have measures in place to protect your well-being and safety. We want to give you the opportunity to decorate those four walls you’re going to be staring at for the foreseeable future with some beautifully drawn, insanely detailed motorcycle art, so we’re giving a 25% discount on all Open Edition print sales for the next two weeks. Use the code ‘SPRINGFORWARD‘ at the checkout in our online store.
We’ll continue to plan for the many shows we’re booked for this year, but as this situation develops and many of those shows are postponed or canceled we’ll be developing new ways to replace that face-to-face engagement with our fellow motorcycle and art enthusiasts.
We’ll be creating a mailing list over on our Facebook page for those who want to stay informed on the new ways we’ll be sharing our ongoing work with you while we can’t meet in person at shows. So please sign up with us, we promise we won’t drown your inbox! Use the Facebook desktop platform to see the ‘Newsletter Signup’ tab, or you can get in touch through the Contact page here on our site.
We’re currently fully booked on commissions until the end of May, so any new commissions won’t be started until the beginning of June. So if you’d like to talk to us about a commission please do get in touch; quite often we work from client’s photos but hopefully we’ll be back out and about with our cameras too.
Thank you for continuing to work with us and we’ll keep you up-to-date of any new changes.
Until we can all get back out there and ride again, stay well.
*WOMEN IN MOTORCYCLING EXHIBITION’
We’re really excited to be a part of the ‘Women in Motorcycling Exhibition’ this coming April, on the 25th at Tutbury Castle, in Staffordshire. You can find details about the show here.
We’ll be there doing our thing, exhibiting new original pencil motorcycle drawings, with prints for sale, and live drawing too, ready to hang out and talk bikes and art.
From chatting to so many of you at previous live drawing events it’s clear that quite a few of you would love to have a go at drawing for yourselves. So this year at some of our live drawing events we’ll be offering the chance to have a go at drawing – we’ll show you and help you with the basic elements of some drawing techniques so you can have a go at drawing motorbikes, or at least smaller, manageable parts of them.
We’ll be working on our insanely detailed hyperrealistic drawings at the show, but we’ll also have two sessions where you’ll have the opportunity to get a feel for the materials we use and try out some drawing techniques, creating on paper what you see in front of you.
So whether you’re a complete novice or an accomplished artist, we want to sit and sketch with you, share some skills and create motorcycle art together.
We’re looking forward to meeting new faces at the exhibition as well as catching up with some familiar ones, it promises to be a great show, so see you there!
*BLACK FRIDAY DISCOUNT*
Tomorrow’s Turkey Day and while we like to give thanks every day for having motorcycles in our lives, as the holiday season kicks in it’s time to spread the joy with others who love bikes too!
So we’re giving you a 25% discount on all original motorcycle drawings and prints, and this ‘Thank You’ starts Thursday through Saturday, so eat, drink and browse to your heart’s desire, there’s no rush.
Just use the code FORTHELOVEOFBIKES and fill your basket with stunning, insanely detailed hand drawn motorcycle art that looks equally at home in the office as it does in the bike garage. Then sit back or grab your keys and go enjoy the rest of the weekend as we take care of it for you.
In just a few weeks time we’ll be Poulson Creative’s ‘2019 WINTER WARMER’ with some of our original artworks and prints for sale as well as live drawing so you can see how these insanely realistic motorcycle drawings are created.
The awesome guys at Poulson Creative are offering 10% off everything in store, and in keeping with that warm Christmas spirit we’ll be extending that offer to all artwork and print sales, commissions and print orders at the event as well as in our online store on the day.
So if you’re in the area swing in, grab a mince pie and a coffee, have a browse and chat about bikes, get some great Christmas gifts or just shop for yourself.
And if you can’t come see us, fill up those Christmas stockings from our online store all through the day with the code ‘XMASWINTERWARMER’ in the comfort of your own home and leave the rest to us!
This recent commission has yet to be fittingly titled; it’s Jacqui Furneaux’s Royal Enfield Classic 500cc Bullet. Bought in India and ridden round the world, this bike was an absolute pleasure to draw. Packed with history, personality, and enough patina to make any custom builder drool, this Enfield was one of the best subjects for an artist to draw.
This is just our own studio shot; once it’s been photographed ready for Giclée printing the original is going to its owner and we’ll be releasing a limited print run of this unique motorcycle. As it’s a Classic 500 it seems fitting that this will be a limited edition print run of 500. Print number one is already spoken for but if you’d like to order one of these prints please get in touch
*All Ride Show 2019*
We’re getting ready to take us and our artworks over to Prague next week to be part of the All Ride Show 2019 and we can’t wait! We’ll have our original motorcycle pencil drawings on show and Rolling Road prints for sale, and we’ll be sat live drawing, surrounded by beautiful bikes and great company for three days – how perfect can one weekend get?!
If you’re in the city that weekend visit the show and come and have a chat about motorcycles, art, and how badly we speak Czech! Hope to see you there.
*Overland Event 2019*
We’ll be live drawing at this year’s Overland Event in Oxfordshire from Thurs 29 Aug through Sunday 1 Sept and exhibiting and selling our original motorcycle drawings and Fine Art prints.
We’ll be drawing traveller, motorcyclist and author Jacqui Furneaux‘s Classic 500 Royal Enfield Bullet, a wholly individual and unique bike with a truly interesting history.
With a huge range of talks and presentations, motorcycle travel films, test rides, an indoor bike show and live music, plus a range of international food and drink, it’s heaven for anyone with a motorcycle and a sense of adventure.
We’ll post work-in-progress photos of the drawing over on our Instagram page so if you can’t make the show you can see how this drawing comes together.
If you are lucky enough to be part of this year’s event swing by our stand and let’s chat about bikes, travel and art!
*Open Weekend – Redmax Speedshop*
We’ll be Redmax Speedshop this weekend on 10 and 11th August, taking part in their “Retro Roast Up 5′ with our original drawings and prints.
If you’ve never been down to Redmax it’s well worth the visit even aside from everything extra that weekend. The ride through Devon is sweet and Steve’s Speedshop is a dream for anyone who loves bikes, packed full of machines to fall in love with and the knowledge Steve has will keep you talking all day.
We’ll be there with a few or our original motorcycle pencil drawings and a range of our Fine Art prints, but we’ll also have our camera on hand if you think you might want to commission a drawing of your own pride and joy.
So take a ride, there’ll be food, music, art, bikes, and people who love to talk about bikes all day – pretty much the perfect weekend!
*Summer Weekend Sale*
We’re taking off for a weekend of fun at the Malle Mile in the fields surrounding Kevington Hall, so we’re passing on some of that summer weekend joy in the form of a sale on all Giclée prints in our online shop.
Follow the link in our shop and enter the code ‘HAYFEVER2019’ for a 15% discount.
Sale is on til Monday, so go ride, relax and shop at your leisure, you’ve got all weekend!
*Malle Mile 2019 – Art of the Machine*
We’re excited to be at the Malle Mile‘s 2019 ‘The Art of the Machine’ exhibition as part of their weekend of racing, music, and motorcycle culture at Kevington Hall.
We’re exhibiting three of our original pencil drawings for you to get up close and personal with, and we’ll be on hand to chat about the work, the bikes, and all that’s taking place over what promises to be a fantastic weekend, pretty much motorcycle heaven!
*New Print Release*
‘Ridden in Tribute’
Limited Edition Giclée Print
on Hahnemühle German Etching 310gsm Paper
of a Drawing by Lou Sprockett
“This Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus Edition is one of only 1000 motorcycles created in tribute to the 125cc motorcycle “The Flying Flea’ made by Royal Enfield to be deployed by parachute for the Airborne Pegasus Regiment behind enemy lines during the Second World War.
From its vintage colors and graphics to the carefully designed saddlebags made to reflect the parachutes used to drop the original bikes, down to the yellow stripe for the center of gravity, this motorcycle pays homage to its predecessor.
It’s a good-looking bike, meant for those country roads and back lanes, taking your time to enjoy the ride and knowing each time you stop it’s going to draw those admiring looks and start a conversation.”
Available now in our shop
*Bespoke Print Orders*
All our Giclée prints are created to mirror the sizes of the original drawings. However, the detail inherent in each drawing allows us to reproduce the images on a larger scale and still look amazing.
If you’d like to order a print in a size to suit your office, den, garage, shed or wherever you enjoy great art, get in touch.
*New Print Release*
‘A Bright, Sunny Afternoon at the Malle Mile’
Giclée Print on Hahnemühle German Etching 310gsm Paper
of a Drawing by Lou Sprockett
“This beautiful bike was photographed in the glorious sunshine at Kevington Hall at last year’s Malle Mile, ‘the world’s most inappropriate motorcycle racing festival’. The weather all weekend was hot and dry, and the racing created a lot of dust but this bike was gleaming in the intense light; quite rightly a well-loved BSA.”
Available now in our shop
*Black Deer Festival 2019*
We’ll be at this year’s Black Deer Festival at Eldridge Park in Kent on the weekend 21 through 23 June, with our original motorcycle drawings and fine art prints.
We’ll also be doing some live drawing at the stand, so swing by and let’s chat music, art and bikes!
*Bike Shed London 2019*
We’ll be exhibiting at this year’s Bike Shed London 2019 show with our insanely detailed realistic motorcycle drawings for you to get up close and personal with.
We’ll be on hand to talk about the work and answer any questions about how we create this kind of work or how you can commission your own drawing.
Alongside the originals we’ll also have prints for sale and we’ll be doing some live drawing, so swing by and let’s chat bikes and art.
*Artrooms Fair London*
We’ll be exhibiting amongst the ‘Single Work’ artists at Artrooms Fair London in January next year.
The drawing ‘Between Flights at Test Hill’ will be on show and for sale at $900.
The Artrooms Fair runs from 11 thru 13 January at Meliã White House with a vast range of works on show and available to buy.
*Stockist Update – New Store Launch*
We’ve had the great pleasure of working with Legacy85 creating a hand-painted wall mural for their new store, as well as displaying our Fine Art motorcycle drawing prints.
The new store opens Tues Dec 18 and is packed with classic riding gear, stunning bikes, and has a warm welcome and great coffee. Based at Three Legged Cross in Dorset swing by and check it out.
*National Motorcycle Museum LIVE*
This year we’ll be showing Lou Sprockett’s original motorcycle fine art drawings at our stand at the National Motorcycle Museum LIVE.
On Saturday Oct 27 the museum hosts their 5th annual free open day. A must-see event in the biking calendar, the museum invites everyone to visit the museum and a host of other attractions free of charge.
Meticulously hand drawn using just HB and 2B pencils, these photo-realistic drawings are impeccable, not just on the first viewing but on much closer examination. So join us at our stand to talk bikes and art and how life is infinitely better with both!
You can find out more about Museum LIVE here
*The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2018*
This year we’ll be taking part in The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, and like last year we will be taking advantage of the international scope of this event and riding to Lille, in France.
The DGR is an annual event which raises funds for men’s health; for both prostate cancer and suicide awareness. On September 30 riders all around the world will come together with one common cause – to tackle men’s health issues. We’re proud to be able to dress dapper, ride our motorbikes and mix with like-minded folk to raise awareness and be part of this really wonderful event.
You can find out more here and please donate to help us reach our fundraising goal.
*New Original Artwork*
an original pencil drawing by Lou Sprockett
“This 1941 Indian Scout 741 was gleaming under the lights at the National Motorcycle Museum, with the pristine red and white paint almost like a target for the eyes. The sheer brilliance of the reflected lights made this a real tough one to draw, and the triple headlights were no walk in the park, but such a beautiful piece of American heritage simply couldn’t go unrecorded. “
Available now in our shop
*The Malle Mile 2018*
This will be our first visit to the Malle Mile and with a little under 3 weeks to go, we can’t wait. We’re there strictly for pleasure but no doubt the sights will inspire some future artworks!
And our artist T Ryder has only gone and got a place on the Novice race at this year’s Mile!
*Art, Bikes and Coffee on the Waterfront*
SBomb‘s usual stock has moved aside for Dorset Art Weeks and is hosting the work of artist Hex Cavelli. Dorset Art Weeks is on til June 10 and SBomb‘s a great waterfront cafe venue in Old Town Poole, and with plenty of other venues and art on show all over the county, it’s well worth a visit.
*Free UK Shipping on all unframed prints*
We’ve updated our online shop and are now giving free shipping on all print orders within the UK.
And we’ve also lowered shipping on all print orders everywhere else.
Click the image or go to our Shop
Get in touch if you have any queries and happy shopping!
*Oxford International Art Fair 2018*
We’ll be at Oxford International Art Fair this year, exhibiting and selling Lou’s original motorcycle drawings. From Friday 23rd through Sunday 25th February you can come and see for yourself Lou’s exceptional drawings and add a great piece of art to your collection.
We’ll be at Booth no. 78 in the Main Hall of Oxford Town Hall, you can get your free weekend tickets here, and we look forward to meeting you.
* Black Friday Offer*
Buy now – Prints start at just £30 in our shop
*New Print Release*
Giclée Print on Hahnemühle German Etching 310gsm Paper
of a Drawing by Lou Sprockett
“This Triumph Scrambler was parked on the shoreline on a really hot, sunny day and the light was just exploding off the chrome pipes and the black paintwork. The heavy shadows and the intense light make the solid form of the bike pop off the paper and help you feel the heat of the sun. A perfect day for riding, even with those hot pipes.”
Buy Now – Only £43 plus shipping and available in our shop
*Cheltenham Festival of Bikes*
We’re stoked to have some of our motorcycle drawings on show at KICKBACK’s ‘Cheltenham Festival of Bikes’ this year.
You can see Lou’s incredible work up close and personal along with an amazing range of over 100 of the finest custom motorcycles, classics, rare retro racers and stunning specials as well as trade stands, a licensed bar, restaurant and coffee bar.
For more info on the show click the image or hit the link here.
*Come and See Our Motorcycle Art*
Join us on 2/3 Sept for the Revolution Show 2017 at Baker Mamonova Gallery in Hastings. We’ll be exhibiting our art alongside a wealth of custom and classic bikes, motorcycle artwork , photography and film.
“The Revolution exhibition brings together a unique collection of works from artists, designers and craftspersons who are inspired and influenced by the motorcycling counter cultural scene.”
Two days of motorcycle heaven, see you there!
*New Print Release*
Giclée Print on Hahnemühle German Etching 310gsm Paper
of a Drawing by Lou Sprockett
“Photographed this Harley Davidson Sportster 48 outside a surf shop and cafe on the way to the beach on an overcast day. The bike was a bright purple color, with a brown leather seat and whitewall tires, so it was a real attention-grabber parked up on the pavement. But what really stood out was the shine on the paintwork and the positioning of the mirror low on the bike. When you stood next to the bike the tank was reflected in that mirror, so that just made for a great look for the drawing.”
Buy Now – Only £40 plus shipping and available in our shop
*New Original For Sale*
The original graphite drawing ‘Mirror Finish’ is now for sale in our shop
HB and 2B pencil on heavyweight archival Atlantis Heritage Drawing paper and fixed to preserve and prevent smudging with Daler-Rowney Colourless fixative.
Unframed 15cm x 34.5cm £400
*New Print Release*
‘Keeping Up Tradition’
Giclée Print on Hahnemühle German Etching 310gsm Paper
of a Drawing by Lou Sprockett
“A modern classic, this Royal Enfield Bullet Electra X encapsulates the history and passion of motorcycling and travel.
I photographed this motorbike at a busy motorcycle meeting and the reflections in the tank hint at the scene around it; a summer’s eve on a quayside, parked up for visitors to admire.”
Buy Now – Only £30 plus shipping and available in our shop