September 9th, 2015

Head Badges

Artist: Jessica Canales, United States
Artist Statement: Head badges are hood ornaments and logos for bikes, attached to the bike’s “head tube”. This collection of vintage head badges was displayed at a new bike shop in Portland, Oregon, called Rivelo. They caught my eye, being old and detailed, and I love drawing up collections of small things. I’m no hoarder so I don’t want a house full of nonfunctional pretty things, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate them for being beautiful and funky. Drawing in sketchbooks allows me to keep collections without needing to line my walls with stuff that always needs dusting.

This drawing was made on the first page of a new Zeta sketchbook with Platinum Carbon ink in an EF Lamy Safari pen and a Micron 01. I colored the badges in with a variety of watercolors from Winsor & Newton, M. Graham, and Daniel Smith. I love the smooth surface of this book because the ink goes down easy and the colors dry vibrant and rich. I try out new sketchbooks all the time, wondering if there is something out there I’m missing, but I keep coming back to the Zetas because they are just right.

MEDIA: Ink and watercolor
SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Jessica Canales is an artist who recently relocated to Portland, Oregon. Her sketches can be seen on Instagram @jessica.canales or her website

Head Badges


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