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Slow Ride
posted: April 12, 2010
This month's Cycle Canada has an article that rings so true for me. Yes, it's my illustration that accompanies the article, and I'm honored. I was asked by Neil Graham, the editor, to contribute to another finely written article by Ted Bishop. Ted's done some award winning writing. The idea being put forth; Tempo Giusto: In Praise of the Slow Ride. I worked with the very talented, Chris Knowles. He's the art director that keep's up-righting the magazine when it's visually gone off.

An excerpt of the article gives the feel;

Coming out of the concert hall up on the mountain in Banff, where young musicians had been performing Beethoven’s 7th, I thought – Maybe a long ride should be like a symphony. If it’s all allegro it becomes like those crazy bluegrass sessions where the picking starts fast and just gets faster. An andante movement defines the fast; you feel how much pleasure can be wrung from a single note, a single turn. At the end both movements resonate within you. I presented this theory to my partner Hsing, a classical musician, thinking she’d be impressed. She said, “This is just an excuse to buy another motorcycle. I know you.” I feigned aggrieved innocence. Did she know that before the concert I’d heard the throb of an old Guzzi Eldorado coming up the hill? I dropped the topic, but this winter I’m going to be scanning the classifieds for an old thumper, a mile-muncher, not a road-burner. There’s a new breed of rebel out there, and they’re riding any damn speed they like. I’m going to tattoo “Born to Burble” across my chest and join them.

Ted Bishop.
Early sketches for one pagers....
Sketch for possible spread....
Final art...
16 comments
Carl Wiens April 12, 2010
Holy shit, Doug, nice piece! Would have loved to see those flying turtles go to final. Looks like a great article too, about my speed.
David Flaherty April 12, 2010
Fun Piece Doug. There was a mini-riot at the Haiti head show with people trying to buy your piece on sat. I guess the paper did a story on the show and showed your work.
J.D. King April 12, 2010
Nice! I was in Banff seventeen years ago. A gorgeous area!
Douglas Fraser April 12, 2010
Carl, Thanks back attacha' David, Thank you for the info. I'm blushin', or either my ears are burning. J.D. it still is.
Steve Wacksman April 12, 2010
I ride a cushy 305, Doug, and I'm um...biggish. I don't go anywhere fast and that's fine with me. It's a gorgeous piece.
Douglas Fraser April 12, 2010
Mr. Wacksman ride it, as I know you know. Flailing knees, and elbows are cool on a track. Too many organ-donors thinking they're Valentino Rossi in street traffic. Of course watching Rossi race is to watch another state of being. I myself have long since realized I ain't Rossi. Peace.
Walter Vasconcelos April 12, 2010
Strong work Doug, your "bold trace" and colors is great as always.
Chris Pitzer April 13, 2010
Dear Doug - Take it easy. Love, Chris
Kyle T Webster April 13, 2010
Wow, this ought to be a HUGE poster, Doug! It demands to be seen on a grand scale.
Mark Gervais April 13, 2010
Love the loosey/tight line work. Spiritual.
Jim Paillot April 13, 2010
Love this, Doug. You gotta do something with the flying turtles. That's a terrific sketch.
LEDUC April 13, 2010
I love the turtle. The way his legs are just hanging there is awesome. Does slow scooter ridin' apply?
Douglas Fraser April 14, 2010
Kyle, I want it huge! Mark, we share a similar believe of two wheels. Jim, The turtles will live somehow. Mr.Leduc, the zen of two wheels is infinite.
Richard Downs April 14, 2010
Cool piece, Doug.
Robert Saunders April 14, 2010
Nice final!
Mark McBride April 16, 2010
Love the eyeball in the helmet, and the colors are cool too. I have never seen you do a bad looking bike Doug, they all look great! Your passion and hobby, gotta love it.
All images copyright Douglas Fraser