Wine Tasting by Bicycle in Sonoma

Wine Tasting by Bicycle in Sonoma - student project

Wine Tasting by Bicycle in Sonoma - image 1 - student project

5/30/21

See bottom of posting for Final Concepts and intermediary steps.

 

Theme

Wine tasting in Sonoma by bicycle

 

Specific experience

My  experience doing a wine tasting and bike tour for our ad-hoc "honeymoon" in Sonoma.

 

Purpose

How to plan a bike wine tasting and what to consider.

 

List A (simple objects to illustrate)

- wine glasses, bottles, corkscrew, wine barrels

- grapes, leaves, vines

- bicycles

- winery signs or buildings

- vineyard landscape

- summer clothing

- sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)

- maps

 

List B (more abstract concepts to illustrate)

- enjoying the outdoors

- rest at each winery before continuing (don't drink and ride drunk!)

- pace yourself and your drinking

- distance from lodging

- distance between wineries

- deciding route

- deciding which wineries to visit (based on what kind of wine they make, reviews from others, personal taste, etc)

- order of visitation

- terrain (flat, hills, steep driveways, etc.)

- drink LOTS of water

 

5/17/21

I gathered some images on Pinterest but it doesn't really let you organize it how you want! It was a bit of a struggle to get things sort of in the right area.

Wine Tasting by Bicycle in Sonoma - image 2 - student project

 

Here are my Free Sketches for Set 1. I started trying to draw in Photoshop with a Wacom tablet and stylus, but it just wasn't working (pg 1 top, grapes). I then started with pencil (pg 2 top left) and didn't like that either.

Then I tried various pens: fine tip, calligraphy pen, brush pen. I found I liked the calligraphy pen best. I also found drawing too much detail didn't work at a small scale. I tried drawing bigger to get more detail, but to keep working through many sketches, I found myself keeping small with basic lines and shapes.
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Looking forward to the Concept drawing next, though truth to tell, I think they will be very similar to the Free Sketches. Hope to work through those quickly to get to finish the first set.

 

5/21/21

Got concept sketches worked out.

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5/22/21

Tried using Photoshop to draw and was just having too hard of a time. Took it into Illustrator instead and played with different brush strokes to achieve final look. Had a hard time matching the grapes back to the other sketches later. The brush strokes effects are highly dependent on not just the length of the strokes (shorter = more dense), but also this particular brush had a built-in curve to account for. In order to get a straight line I actually had to make curved line, then bend the center the other way! (Will add more pics and explanation later after meeting deadline for workshop.)

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I chose a reddish purple as my "warm" color, a bluish green as my "cool" color then used Illustrator Color Guide panel to choose my "dark" color. Shader is 50% black.

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I then brought each Illustrator image into Photoshop by copy/pasting as vector smart objects to retain detail and shaded using Kyle's Gouache ktw 3  80px which was similar to Godfather of Grain. Layer set on "Multiply" at 50% opacity.

 

And here is my finished Set 1!

Wine Tasting by Bicycle in Sonoma - image 10 - student project

 

5/23/21

For Set 2, I will be utilizing some sketches from Set 1. I have tentatively decided to focus on:

1) Route/map of winery locations

2) Drink water, not just wine

3) Rest between locations

4) No DUI!

 

More reference:

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Set 2 Free Sketches Wine Tasting by Bicycle in Sonoma - image 12 - student projectWine Tasting by Bicycle in Sonoma - image 13 - student project 

5/25/21

Set 2 Concept Sketches

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5/29/21

Reworked the grapes from set 1 to match back better to overall style of all illustrations.

Old                                                                  New

Wine Tasting by Bicycle in Sonoma - image 15 - student project

 

With the rest from set 1:

Wine Tasting by Bicycle in Sonoma - image 16 - student project

 

5/30/21

Completed Set 2!!

Abstract Concepts:

1) Have a plan to visit wineries with a logical route.

2) Be sure to rest between each winery visit.

3) Drink lots of water, not just wine!

4) No DUI! Do not drink and ride drunk!

Wine Tasting by Bicycle in Sonoma - image 17 - student project

 

Both sets together:

Wine Tasting by Bicycle in Sonoma - image 18 - student project

Paula Chan
Designer, Photographer, Baker, Rock Climber!
Teacher