We know you’re big fans of bicycle-related art – our coffee-inspired watercolours from earlier this year have been a massive hit!
The latest masterpiece we’re featuring is this watercolour of 2012 Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins, created by UK artist Martin Grugel.
We spoke to Martin about his latest Wiggins artwork, we hope you enjoy it!
CRC: Why Bradley Wiggins?
Martin: I'm a big, big fan of him and his incredible endeavours last year, plus he has a kick-ass barnet and a great face to boot. Win-win in my book. Plus I ride a road bike, so we're basically soul mates…
CRC: What was the most difficult thing about it?
Martin: The hardest thing of all the paintings is always the under-drawing. If that's bang on then it's just a case of applying wash on top of wash to build up the painterly tones of the face. Also with my paintings, I want them to look painterly – purposely staying clear of photo-realism for a more colourful artistic interpretation.
CRC: How long have you been painting watercolours?
Martin: I've been drawing portraits all my life, pretty much since school, but I only began painting watercolours in November 2012 – my first one being President Obama just after he won his second term in office.
CRC: What others have you done?
Martin: Well at the moment I'm trying to create the portraits around my day job at No Sugar Studio. I'm soon to be releasing a limited edition box set of the Rolling Stones, which will include paintings of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watt and Bill Wyman plus a special black and white print of Brian Jones. I've also done one of Bill Shankly. On the site I also plan to take commissions off the public, so people can basically commission me to paint friends, family etc.
Here's the step-by-step creation of the Wiggins watercolour, from the initial drawing to the final wall-mounted artwork…
Thanks to Martin for sharing his images with us.For more artwork you can follow his Instagram account for process/development photos and keep up to date with goings on via his Twitter account. He also has a website which is currently in development but you can sign up for updates when it's live.
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