Drawing Photorealistic Motorcycles – Week 1

Weeks: 1|2

Artistic ability has always lingered beneath the surface. I was often drawing as a kid and took several years of fine art in high school. I even completed a two-year associate’s degree in architectural engineering after high school. I am in awe of those who can seemingly effortlessly produce stunning art. I’ve tried on many occasions to continue with my art, but the perfectionist in me always points out the flaws – leading me to quit

I have a new plan.

My goal is to become proficient at drawing photo-realistic motorcycles. I love riding motorcycles and want to be able to reproduce photos of motorcycles using pencil. My approach is to draw 1 motorcycle or motorcycle part each week for the next 52 weeks and post my progress on MotorcycleMelee.com. I will find random motorcycle photos on the web and attempt to draw them. My hope is that by the 52nd week I’ll be really good at this stuff.

I will be constantly wrestling with the inner perfectionist who will relentlessly try to convince me I’ll never achieve my goal. I promise to fight back vehemently!

Here’s week one. This is a BMW motorcycle I saw on Instagram.

Here’s the motorcycle.

The first motorcycle I’ll draw

 

Here is a sequence of drawings I’ve done so far.

 

Starting off. No I don’t know why I started at the rear wheel.

 

Adding more motorcycle bits.

 

Working on some shading techniques

 

It gets harder trying to capture the shapes.

 

Filling in some missing pieces.

 

A bit more to do to call this one completed, but you get the idea. Anyone who draws can obviously find the flaws in these sketches — I see them too. But … I’m not giving up (yet). I’ll forge ahead and continue to improve.

The end result of my week 1 efforts

If you have any tips on drawing with pencil, please feel free to comment below.

 

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