YES! The cycling season has really kicked off last weekend with the opening weekend of the Classics.
In celebration of pro cycling and for the love of the bicycle in general, I’m going to make 5 velo-inspired linocuts in March. They are going to be featured on www.bikers-united.com in the #BikeArt section. Every wednesday I’ll be releasing a new one, starting today, wednesday the 2nd of March. I’m going to do my best to illustrate different sides of cycling and explore different styles of portraying images via linocut print.
The first print is called ‘Alpe d’Huez’, and is loosely based on my personal favorite cyclist, Ulle! He was also the one who got me addicted to watching the Tour de France, and buying my first steel Giant racing bicycle at 16 years old. Alpe d’Huez is a mythical ascent, not due to the toughness of the climb, but due to the history of the climb. From the first mountain-top finish in the Tour de France in 1952, won by the legendary Fausto Coppi, to Giuseppe Guerini colliding with a photographer on his way to victory, to Lance Armstrong pretending to have an off-day early in the 2001 stage, but accelerating away from Jan Ullrich like a rocket on Alpe d’Huez. The riders in the Tour de France don’t really see the beauty of the ascent, or the snowy hilltops in the scenery. They only feel their burning legs and their heart rate going through the roof. Deaf from the thousands of spectators cheering in their ears, they suffer themselves to the top as they get drenched in beer, snot, and sweat.
I have printed an edition of 15 linocut prints yesterday, with my brandnew etching press! Which is a joy to work with. It doesn’t cost me as much energy (and ink) as using a spoon, barren, or rolling pin and the result is very crisp.