Sunday, March 15, 2015

Pablo Franchi talks motorcycle art

Pablo says that depending on size, creating his intricate motorcycle sketches takes anywhere from two days to two weeks

Being able to make big, beautiful, lifelike sketches of the motorcycles we love is something we've always wanted to do, but honestly, we simply do not have the talent. Which is perhaps why we have great admiration for those who do have the talent and those who can draw motorcycles beautifully. Recently, we came across some of Pablo Franchi's (who is based on Argentina) work, which we think is very good indeed. So, we caught up with him for a quick chat. Here are some excerpts from what Pablo had to say to us:

On how he got started with drawing motorcycles

I started to draw when I was in high school. I am a mechanical technician and in those years I already had a love for engines. I liked the smell of engines, the grease on my hands and the satisfaction of taking apart and then assembling these engines. Later, I studied architecture and that trained my hand, and I used the technique of sketching to reflect my passion for motorcycles.

On how many motorcycles he's drawn, and the materials he uses for his sketching

I would estimate that I've drawn at least a hundred and twenty per year in the last seven or eight years. I am happy to work with ink on paper or fabric. In my drawings, I usually do not delete the first few lines of the sketch, which remain there, showing the drawing's evolution from the beginning. Although I do it less often, I also like working with oil pastels, trying to faithfully recreate the motorcycle, but never forgetting that what I do is not a photograph, but an artistic interpretation of what I see.

On whether he rides bikes himself, his favourite motorcycles and the bikes he likes to draw

Right now I have no motorcycle, but I hope that will change soon. To ride, my favorites are the Indian Chief and any Triumph. But to draw, I like the more interesting designs of Norton, especially the cafe racer models. The majority of my drawings show the motorcycle in profile - with the intention of showing the bike as completely as possible - but I have now realised that this might not always be necessary.

I love to draw naked bikes. It gives me pleasure to draw the pieces of machinery, pipes, joints etc. Precisely, these are the easiest to draw, because I can make the picture look good almost without my help. The hardest motorcycles are those without details, as my technique requires that the lines cross generate light and shadow, and with that kind of motorcycles, these are very few.

On the bikes which he thinks are the most beautiful

Triumph, Norton, AJS, Royal Enfield… I must say that those of United Kingdom are the most beautiful machines! I will not disagree with the fact that there has been an enormous evolution in the design of motorcycles in the last twenty or thirty years, but personally I find it a bit strange as some newer bikes have lost their brand identity through this evolved design. These days, with some motorcycles, if you take away the logo, you will not be able to guess the brand!

On how much time it typically takes to create one of his motorcycle drawings

The time usually depends on the size. A drawing of 12x16 inches usually takes two days, but a picture of 40x28 inches could take about two weeks. I must say I am a very lucky artist - all my clients are very satisfied customers and there have never been any complaints. In fact, many of my customers have returned to buy more of my works as a gift for their friends. Or, in the case of many women, for their husbands.

Please take a minute to visit Pablo's website, and if you wish to get him to sketch your favourite motorcycle, visit his Indiegogo page

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