I always hated drawing bikes. Its wheels so round and so narrow and its billions of spokes and all that squashed layers: this side pedal, frame, other side pedal, chain before, chain beyond... a drawing hell... Nevertheless before making this sketch I had been toying with the idea for some weeks, I felt like drawing bikes. Mainly because at some point I stopped seeing –I stopped worrying about– wheels, spokes, layers, circles, curves and all that hellish trouble. Moreover, as if I had gone mad, I wanted to draw not one but loads of bikes, let's say... a parking!
I chose one that I can see from my window, why go further. For some reason the tangle of tubes, cables, chains and all that metals and plastics seemed to me much more interesting than the bikes. As I said, I did not see bikes (if I had seen them I'd got freaked out and the sketch should have been a piece of crap). I didn't worry much about them while drawing. I started by the padlock in the center and continued opening circles as a spiral. Bikes arose themselves.
Then I went home and put some bright colors to distinguish the different bikes.
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