Bike Drawing Built Into 3D Renderings.
With his 3D renderings, designer Gianluca Gimini gives people’s sketches of bicycles a new life.
The idea came from a joke told to him by a friend in 2009 about a student drawing a bike for his technical education teacher and getting into a hopeless mess. A friend then tried to prove to the friend that drawing a bike was easy, but it wasn’t easy.
A few days later, Gianluca stepped out with a pen and paper to see if friends, relatives, or even strangers could draw a bike. In response to this odd request, he discovered most people had difficulty remembering just how bikes are constructed. “Some got close to it, some got it right, but most came up with something that was pretty far from a regular men’s bicycle.”
Throughout the years, Gianluca collected 376 sketches, which ranged from the sublime to the absurd. In the current collection, there were 88 participants, the youngest was three, and eleven different nationalities are represented.
“There is an incredible diversity of new typologies emerging from these crowd-sourced and technically error-driven drawings,” Gianluca says. “A single designer could not invent so many new bike designs in 100 lifetimes, and this is why I look at this collection in such awe. Everyone, regardless of his age and job, can come up with extraordinary, wild, new and at times brilliant inventions.”
As a result of being blown away by the variety and ingenuity of the exhibits. Gianluca used his professional skills to translate the sketches into real photographs. In essence, this revitalizes the project. While some immediately seem ridiculous, others can be worked out after a moment’s reflection.
In the future, Gianluca will learn that psychologists often ask patients to draw bikes to prove how deceptive a memory of a common object can be, meaning that Velocipedia could prove both scientifically and artistically useful.
To engage his friends and strangers, designer Gianluca Gimini challenged them to draw a bicycle from memory. Many made technical mistakes, while some got it right. The sketches were used to build realistic 3D renderings of the bikes after he collected hundreds of them.
The following are examples of what some of the participants have sketched, plus Gianluca Gimini’s renderings of the bikes.