I had an idea for a crazy landscape featuring a number of the Steampunk stamps and while playing around with it, came up with this version for my Dad’s Father’s Day card. He’s always been a keen cyclist and used to cycle competitively – even to the extent of shaving his legs I believe! I used to cycle a lot myself when I was younger and can relate to the common desire to upgrade to the next model up. For those who don’t know their bicycle history, the Victorian Gentleman featured here is riding a velocipede (the “boneshaker”) – an early model with the pedal attached to the front wheel. It was mainly made of wood and was extremely uncomfortable, but when the Penny Farthing came out a few years later they were very expensive for the average man on the street. Did you know the front wheel was custom made to suit the rider’s leg length? No, I didn’t know that either – isn’t the Internet an amazing vat of trivia!?!
Anyway, Dad liked the card, but here is the original in full technicolour. And I mean FULL on colour!
I originally intended folding it up and making it into a concertina book, but Adrian loves it so much, he’s asked me not to fold it, but just mount it up as it is. If you click on it, you can see it at 1000 pixels wide if your screen goes that big.
The colouring is mainly Polychromos pencils, though the sky is PanPastels and the hills have some PanPastel on them too. The sunburst is done with masking paper strips and pan pastels. The paper is some thick watercolour paper that I’ve discovered is rubbish for actual watercolour, but it does take the PanPastels and pencils beautifully. I learned one valuable lesson while colouring this – when colouring heavily with pencils, be careful if you rub over them. While rubbing in the sky, some of the blue pencil from the balloon also got spread around. Next time I will use my burnisher pencil over the top to ‘seal’ in the colour.
I know it’s a day late, but here’s to all the Dads – the loved ones and the missed ones.