Moto Madness

Los Angeles artist Wessel begins to sketch motorcycles 

The last several days has been an intense look at motorcycles and I have still yet to actually scratch the surface.

Pages on pages of sketching and I feel like I only have the vaguest idea on how to draw them. Which, I guess, is to be expected. But, the more I get to know their lines the more excited I am to get better at bringing them to life.


Los Angeles artist Wessel begins to sketch motorcycles

Why am I suddenly obsessed with motorcycles?

A couple of weeks ago I was sitting in my regular coffee shop, Weird Wave, sketching through that dog portrait for my buddy I mentioned a little while back. Another customer noticed what I was doing and asked if I could do something for his motorcycle shop. Not knowing a thing about drawing motorcycles but wanting to grab a new client I of course said, ‘yes.’
Now, some people might be like, ‘you couldn’t draw what they needed so why the heck did you say yes?’ To which my answer is, you gotta learn sometime and the pressure of a client and the prospect of making money, well, they can be great motivators. I also let him know up front where I was at, which he was cool with.
Los Angeles artist Wessel begins to sketch motorcycles

As an artist you should never be scared to say ‘yes.’’

If you don’t like the subject matter, that’s one thing, but not having the ability should never be a barrier. That’s definitely one lesson I learned early on and had nothing to do with clients. Any time you say you can’t do something, you limit yourself and your creativity...not to mention potential income. Sure, it might seem impossible, but, trust me, it’s not. You might suck at it for a while, but, eventually things will come together.
So pages on pages of motorcycles will be leading to even more pages as I begin to flesh out some potential concepts for my client. It’s daunting how far I have yet to go before I feel the lines truly represent what I want them to, but I know I’ll get there if I keep on trying. Stay tuned to see how things turn out.


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Hope y’all have a great day!



Los Angeles artist Wessel begins to sketch motorcycles

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