Month: May 2010

Building a Bike

I woke up at 4:00AM and couldn’t go back to sleep so I went out back to the studio. I’ve now discovered that making a bike out of wire is easy but making a bike out of wire that is operated by a motor is kind of a challenge. I built the tires and set up a ghetto axel that hangs on some twisted wire. The wheels spin all janky and wobbley (which I really like) but every time I tried to attach them to the motor they would jam up. First I tried twisting the axel so that the shape would mirror the diameter of the gear that drives it…

That was a dismal failure. It certainly could work but it would have to be precisely crafted which I do not have the time, equipment or patience to do. After a few hours of tinkering I stepped away for a coffee break with Adrienne and when I came back the answer hit me instantly. Attach a gear to the center of the spoke. Duh!

Now the bike will get to ride much closer to the box that will house the motor, which is a plus, and I should hopefully be able to power the pedals off the tire itself instead of having to run three gears off the motor. The new solution will require a trip to the hardware store but it SEEMS like I’m onto something. We’ll see…

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May 26, 2010

Wednesday was the first time I made it to drawing in almost 2 months. It’s absolutely amazing to me how fast time goes and how quickly 2 months can slip away from you. Dang. The first three are with a ball point pen (courtesy of Mr. Ian Worrel) and bottom two are rollerball warm ups…

First Night in My New Studio

So last night was my very first night in my new super spiffy, behind-the-garage studio*. It is the first time I have had a dedicated workspace to myself since Montrose Ave in Brooklyn and it is VERY exciting and slightly intimidating. Starting to work was awkward and rusty, filled with starts and stops and after a few hours I felt sufficiently aggravated so I went to bed. This morning, looking at it again, I’m not as disappointed as I was last night but either way it was certainly nice to START…

*Future post will include the mega-awesome sign that Adrienne got for me!!!