After finishing the work I wanted to print, I figured it was time to do some work that could be had for free. Over the past year, I had been kicking this idea around about doing non-conventional Chicago street scenes. It all came from this image I saw a few years ago of Bart Simpson:
First off, it is a great image. I was surprised to find out that there were several more images like this one. I was even more surprised to find that the scenes depicted were famous skateboarding spots. It seemed like the marriage of a couple great ideas. I am not a skateboarder, so I certainly did not want to bite that. Plus, I did not want to use a character. I did, however, want to use a kid’s vehicle. The Big Wheel was a big part of my childhood, so it just felt right. It took me a while to decide on the poses for the daredevil children. I originally had them sitting with their legs sticking out but it felt really obvious and boring. When I really did view the Big Wheel riders as daredevils, the illustrations took on another level of excitement. The backgrounds I chose include some of my favorite buildings in Chicago. And since I could not include them on my Chicago Typography Skyline, it was a no-brainer to feature them in these illustrations. All of the images are below, but if you want to download the wallpaper, please click here.
The big Chicago illustrations will now be taking a back seat for a while. I don’t have anything significant in the hopper and I have a few other projects I need to work on. Plus, I have some time coming up to plan what my next big illustrations will be so I better use that time to explore while I still can.