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Mile On Someone Else's Bike by WeirdAlbatross Mile On Someone Else's Bike by WeirdAlbatross
Believe it or not, this image is entirely created by words.
You see, sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.
The translation is as follows:

It was a hybrid of hunter and olive green with a silvery sheen like a river trout glistening in the sun. A river trout momentarily motionless. Maybe that’s why I was so attached to the kid-sized mountain bike; I’ve always been drawn to things that remind me of water. It had 21 speeds and tar black 1 ½ inch width tires, and cost me $250, or the equivalent of a year’s worth of hard-earned nine-year old allowance. I remember the day I walked proudly into Eclectic Bicycle and made my purchase; it was a hot, dusty afternoon in early August, and the very first thing I did when I returned home with my new vehicle, was chase the flitting, fluorescent dragonflies down the hill at fifteen miles an hour.
That was the beginning of a long and complicated relationship. My first day of fourth grade brought me pedaling staunchly up the hill, chunky legs alternately flexing, young lungs drawing raggedly for air, unused to the intense physical exertion. That bike and I slowly crawled up the hill at speed one. When we reached the elementary school, everything was covered in a thin, sticky membrane of sweat. I wearily parked by a red Schwinn, but I was so proud in my exhaustion. Since first grade, I wanted the boys to include me as one of their own, but I was always rejected from their games with an amused laugh. I was a girl, overweight and uncoordinated. And I didn’t have a mountain bike –the ultimate symbol of masculinity. But now…
Cam and Griffen, two of my classmates spotted me, and made their way over to pass judgment on my accomplishment. My hopes were dashed however, as they pointed out I’d barely made it up the hill, couldn’t do a wheelie, or even go off jumps; feats they couldn’t perform either. As I sat in a heap by my bicycle sobbing in frustration, I recognized life never played by fairness, and I would have to make the best of it on my own. That was one of the most important realizations I ever made.

Thankfully, the full story has a happy ending.
Me being who I am now.

Yes, this drawing doubled as my bicycle submission and my first essay for my Rhode Island School of Design application. It probably took the longest of the three, just because there was so. much. detail.

Thankfully, it was all worth it. :]

About 20 hours of work.
16 x 24" paper.
No.2 Mechanical Pencil.
Micrography RISD Bicycle.

EDIT: Had to semi-fix this awful photo. =P
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Not-Think Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought it was a great peice before I realized it was made of words. Now I can't come up with a word to descibe this peice other than 'wow'.
BreeDrawn Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
*sigh* You're skills are unmatched in all of dA. There isn't a single micrographic piece to match this one. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us!
WeirdAlbatross Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Student Artist
I am sure I don't deserve such a comment, but I am very pleased that you like the planning and execution behind this particular piece of micrography! Thank you for taking the time to comment! :)
BreeDrawn Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, it was well worth the time. These pieces are all so stunning and I know what goes into them. The least people can do is post a compliment. Hope to see more from you!
Grayash9755 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Duuuuuuuuuude, thats awesome, great concept. *high five*

The first thing I thought of when viewing the smaller image of this was "RISD Bike Drawing" lol I also did one, but mine was more abstract. I went to RISD's Project Open Door program, and they had a show for our drawings, so it's in a row of a few other bike drawings in the picture.

Are you going to RISD now?
WeirdAlbatross Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Student Artist
Thank you! *high five* :)
Haha, it's funny how notorious the RISD bike drawing is. Every artist must know about it. =P I deferred, stalling for cash (-_-;), so I'm actually starting this fall...itching to be there already! :excited: How did you like Project Open Door? Such an awesome program for them to have, especially since so many schools in the country are cutting their already undernourished arts programs. Which is really sad.
Grayash9755 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Exciting :D

Project Open Door was really helpful. I wouldn't have been able to put a portfolio together if it wasn't for them. It was just really fun too, being at RISD and going to the art store hehe :heart:
PENANDINKDRAWINGS Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
The detail in your drawing is great and I enjoyed reading the story that went with it.
WeirdAlbatross Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Student Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)
aldraK Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
wow. piece of work!
Equus1 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! I can't believe how much time and planning it must have taken... great job :)
theplanecrashdiary Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
I... Wow. Just wow.
char-lvl-27 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
WOW! This must have taken a lot of time!! It's amazing!! Great attention to detail in the words and everything :)
WeirdAlbatross Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Student Artist
Haha, thank you! Yeah, I had to take a few days off from school to get these crazy drawings done. I'm pretty sure they are the only reason I got into RISD. =P
windy2008 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
My god...
20 hours? I can't even manage 4 hours O_O
Probably why there's never much detail in my drawings =.=
WeirdAlbatross Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Student Artist
oh boy, sometimes detail is not such a good thing;
I took off four days of school to finish these drawings, and ended up getting myself sick by the end. =P
Yivae Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist
Wow *o*!!Really compliments I Admire you >w<!!
Tetrarch Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
You are so amazing. You didn't show me this one!! :P I wish I could see the detail better- have you gotten the original back from RISD yet?
WeirdAlbatross Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Student Artist
I didn't?!?!!?!
I thought I did! :/
I couldn't get a very good picture of it; the camera + lighting sucked. So I could only pick up some of the detail. But I just revised the pixel size on here, so try full viewing it again. Really, I think the three drawings were the only reason I got in. Comparatively, my portfolio sucks. :/
Tetrarch Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
Haha don't sweat it - it looks gorgeous :)
Pshhh don't say that... you are gonna shine there and you know it :D
AHH I KNOW. They might send yours back because you got in, but I never ever saw mine again, ahaha. :|
WeirdAlbatross Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Student Artist
Haha, we'll see. =P
I guess we'll be able to get them back if we remember at the end of our senior year or something. They keep all of our information, including our drawings from the app in a folder. That will be great to see in five years.
hereinspaziert Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
This is amazing! I love typo and this is one great piece of work!
WeirdAlbatross Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Student Artist
Thank you very much! :heart:
goghart Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I have always loved artworks made out of words, but something that sets this one apart is how well the words are integrated. Not only with meaning (which gives the piece instant personality and purpose) but also visually, it doesn't look like the words are out of place or there to look kitschy or unique.
Great composition and contrast as well! I am sure RISD loved it. makes me want to transfer to a real art school...
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Feb 12, 2009, 7:57:54 PM