Tag Archives: Tour de France

Chasing Legends Trailer

There is nothing more to say here but just watch the trailer…Super Epic!

For more click here: http://chasinglegends.com/

Last Attack

This year’s Tour de France was the best racing we have seen in many years in Le Grande Boucle. The outcome, a deserving winner in Alberto Contador, and a new challenger to his dominance in Andy Schleck. Together their command of the three week tour ushered in a new generation of cycling legends. At the same time we saw a great legend in Lance Armstrong humbly ride his last Tour de France.

Never before have we seen Lance suffer than in this last tour. For some it was good riddance. For most it showed what Lance Armstrong was truly about, a fighter. True to his mantra Lance lived strong in the three weeks of heat, crashes, exhaustion and leg cramping bicycle racing. Despite doping allegations which have plagued him for years and knowing early in the race that he had lost his last bid for his 8th and final Tour de France win, Lance pushed on and finished the race in Paris.

In an attempt for one last round of tour glory, we saw 38 year old lance Armstrong attack several times from a raging peloton and successfully breakaway on stage 16 race to Pau. In the high mountains Lance’s accelerations against his breakaway group on the slopes of the Col d’ Aubisque showed signs of his former self, reminiscent of his many mountaintop stage wins. In the end, Lance was no match against his younger and faster compatriots. Despite his loss, his last attack won the hearts of many and demonstrated the courage that people identify with in the great 7 time Tour de France champion.

Here’s to you Lance, Chapeau

Marco Pantani

Practicing on Sketchbook Pro again and figured Pantani would be a fitting subject.  I intend do this picture more justice and have another go at it soon.

The Climb-Digital Sketching

My first try a Digital Sketching using a Wacom Bamboo digital tablet and Sketchbook Pro

Drawing and sketching have been an integral part of my life since I was young. I was fairly good but never really great. Throughout the years I would find myself sketching here and there but really with no purpose. Now at 34 years of age I am happy to see that one of my sons acquired the love and skill for drawing as well.

Recently when my wife started her blog mommyfriend.com drawing has come back with some sense of purpose and I am enjoying every minute of it. Creating a drawing starts like it always did, you need a pencil, a clean sheet of paper and an idea. For eight months since my wife started her blog I sketched characters for her blog the old fashioned way. The problem with ideas and sketches are you change your mind all the time, you make mistakes and sometimes you have to start new = erasing becomes a hassle. I knew that there were better options out there but was just plain ignorant about it. I work in the technology field but not in the graphic design world so when I started to investigate I was stunned. Boy how times have changed.

The sketch above was done on a Wacom Bamboo Craft size small. It took a while to get used to as the feel is very different of course but not impossible for those open to the idea of drawing on a piece of plastic and watching for the outcome on a computer screen. I am really happy with it especially since my super knowledgeable brother in law who actually employs graphic artists swayed me from buying the top of the line large size Intuos model and go with the smaller and cheaper Bamboo. This saved me a ton of cash and also discomfort because the smaller tablet allows you to use more condensed hand strokes due to the size of it’s drawing area, leaving your drawing hand and arm with less strain. The software I picked is by AutoCad called Sketchbook pro. It’s got a very grass roots approach just as you would sketch on pencil and paper but with the added features and convenience of many graphic design software packages today. So next time you look at a line drawing you might just ask yourself is that a digital or a traditional sketch? I can’t wait to get my son on this.