Three Randonneurs

Last week I attended a bicycle club meeting. It was hard to not notice the chiseled features of these men, each of whom have bicycled literally thousands of miles just in the last year. The discussion was heated, opinions varied, but still they stood in a row while I wished I could sketch them. With scant moments available, I pulled out my pencil and started to sketch. I had almost captured them when the meeting broke up. I actually had asked my husband to snap a photo so I could finish my sketch later, but it was so dark in there he was unable to get a photo that was not blurred. I took it home and finished it with his blurry photo for shadow reference and my Pitt pens.

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28 Responses to Three Randonneurs

  1. geckostone says:

    Wow you did an awesome job, fantastic painting!

  2. Sheri Cook says:

    I am impressed. Very well done for the circumstance you created this under. Great work! Happy PPF to you!

  3. Natasha says:

    WOW. There is such a feeling of tension and energy that you have perfectly captured in this sketch.

  4. You captured their chiseled features beautifully – it was the perfect medium for the task!


  5. you did a great job with a quick process!

  6. Elisa Choi says:

    nevertheless a lovely output! Great job!

  7. Lesley says:

    I don’t understand why a bicycle club meeting should ever be ‘heated.’ Riding is suppose to be a joy. Your painting is amazing. You really captured the tense nature of the moment. Thanks for sharing.

    • admin says:

      Lesley, cyclists are just as human as anyone else.. The issue was about “Being fair” teehee. Riding for these guys IS a joy. and thanks for the compliments.

  8. Marlene says:

    Great sketch, it is hard to capture things in the moment but you did an amazing job.

  9. You have such wonderful skills… and these have been rendered beautifully xx

  10. patsy says:

    I think you did a good job capturing them! What a fun exercise!

  11. EVA says:

    Very well captured!

    BTW Mimi – the blog poll issues on either on their end or the internet. Thanks for bringing to our attention but there is little I can do. It seems like the incidents of hacking have increased dramatically this week with the RIM/Blackberry issues etc.

  12. gloria says:

    Love your style and how you captured what they were doing, so serious looking. They look like they mean business. Thx for sharing.

  13. carlarey says:

    You really caught their focus and intensity. I’m never comfortable sketching people in life like this.

  14. Christine says:

    great sketch, love your choice of subject. Thanks for your suggestion on openid, I’ve allowed it on my comments now.

  15. You captured the moment because I can tell there is tension by their stance and expression. Beautifully done! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy PPF.
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  16. Faye says:

    Mimi, how awesome! I love the way you captured their attitudes with the folded arms and set jaws. Amazing art. So glad you shared this.

  17. yvonne says:

    Very nice job. You caught them well I think.

  18. Really a wonderful job catching the character of these fellas! Happy PPF!

  19. Carol says:

    Awesome! Well done! ~thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor) Happy PPF

  20. Valerie-Jael says:

    Great work! Sorry you can’t read the text on my blog, but my eyes can’t stand looking at a glary background! Valerie

  21. Janet says:

    You did a good job capturing the men. They do look formidable….I’m sure they’re very strong if they ride so many miles.

  22. Victoria says:

    Gorgeous work..your art is wonderful! I love it and love your style!

  23. JKW says:

    The painting is amazing. I feel like I’m there. I agree Pitt pens are very limiting, but sometimes they do the trick like nothing else. . . . Dagnabit. Blessings, Janet

  24. Marguerite says:

    I think Pitt pen may be your next medium. I think it would be hard to make them look like art work instead of, well, just markers. You make the light and shadows really work!

    • admin says:

      I like them but they are extremely limiting. And once you’ve gone through a pen point, it needs to be replaced. I will continue to play with them, but I can’t see them replacing watercolors for me.

  25. Ditto on your first comment!

  26. Gosh Mimi, You really captured their essence. I can just imagine them standing there so serious and unmoving. The position of their arms letting bystanders know that they would not budge. You did a great job on this one.

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