Thursday 9 March 2023

Harley Davidson

a pencil drawing of a classic Harley Davidson motorbike

Having gone through a long spell of not drawing anything significant, I fancied trying something challenging and something that I haven't tried before. I've always liked the way silver and chrome can be easily replicated using graphite pencils and I had the urge to find a chrome subject to play with. I couldn't get inspired by the numerous pictures of silver teapots, cutlery, and shiny ornaments but I eventually found something that hit the spot. I chose this picture of a classic Harley Davidson motorbike.

The picture isn't very large. I decided on A4 size (8.3"x11.7") Daler Rowney Smooth Cartridge paper and it's the first time I've used it. For a smooth paper it took many layers of graphite quite well. With the benefit of hindsight I wish I'd used something larger but that's only because it might have made some of the complex areas a little easier. For anyone interested I've put a better explanation and a step-by-step Work In Progress page on my main website.

Here are some more Pencil Drawings


  1. O how amazing. What a superb job. I drew with pen and ink my hubby's Valkrie several years ago and it was such a challenge. I think the graphite would have worked better. Love this!!

    1. Thank you very much Debbie. I can't imagine drawing a bike with pen and ink - that must have been tough.


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