Riders collection

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The “Riders” collection is the result of a personal challenge for Inktober 2017.

My fascination with the uniform-like cool jackets, the elaborated helmets and the innovative motorcycles must originate from my years-long exposure to Japanese animated series during the ’80s. Futuristic helmets - brightly coloured - concealing the faces of heroes, while their huge and expressive eyes are still visible behind the dark glass!

The Mecha-riding protectors of the Earth in Mazinger Z, Getter Robo and Grendizer, created by Japanese manga artist Go Nagai.
The space nomads of Robotech with their mecha-fighters, also known as Veritechs.
The protagonists of Saber Rider with futuristic spacesuit designs that combined more traditional themes (Cowboy, F1 Racer and Royal British army) (Image 1).
They all shared a common theme in my eyes: adventurers - in their full cartoon gear - operating cool-looking SCI-FI Mechas.

In Robotech’s intro video, Rick Hunter is raising his gaze from inside the cockpit ready to lunch into space (Robotech Intro) - while motorcycle riders are parading on the screen (Image 2); Even further down the title sequence an awesome motorcycle is overshadowing a powerful militaristic mecha (Image 2).
To top it all off, the enigmatic femme fatal Sheila Misty - from Plawres Sanshiro - and her raven-black motorcycle from Image 3.
I devoured each of those visual themes. The combination of man and hi-tech machines left an imprint on my mind.

Years later (~autumn 2017) I was searching for a theme for my Inktober challenge. I was looking for something meaningful and it didn’t take me long to decide on the theme of motorcycle riders.
To remove myself even further from my comfort zone, I selected new art tools: The Pentel thick calligraphy pens, loaded with Rotring ink on the square Sennelier 250-paged sketchbooks. This resulted in a more bold and disruptive style than my previous work.

Every morning I would sit down and start sketching [badly] riders on their motorcycles. Trying to break free from precise measurements of the machines I was creating at least 7 sketches every 30 minutes. Eventually the results starting to look less rigid and precise and more fluid and expressive. After a while they even started to look “not too bad”. Two and a half months and around 400 sketches later, I started to feel more comfortable with the results. Initially I selected my 30 favorite ones, then the top 12 and added watercolours to them.

The originals for those 12 are available for sale at jamesdoe.bigcartel.com.
Links for purchasing prints of various sizes can be found at society6.com and redbubble.com.

See in you in space.

List of media

Image 1

Image 1

Screenshots from the Saber Rider Intro
Image 2

Image 2

Screenshots from the Robotech Intro
Image 3

Image 3

Plawres Sanshiro's Sheila Misty

Bonus video

Juohmaru Bozza by Mariakunoh

- jamesdoe -