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The quest for the golden fleece



A project that has been in the making for almost a year.

This series of images is my vision of the mythical tale of Jason and the Argonauts quest for the golden rams fleece and how I perceive it being told in the modern day Tour de France race thats takes place each year.

Like Jason, these riders push themselves to both their physical and mental limits as they fight to conquer to endless miles of road in front of them to hopefully ride down the Champ de Elysee with the golden winners jersey across their shoulders.

What started off as a single portrait developed in to a series of four images that explored the whole body.I wanted to create the idea that during this quest our hero had fought many battles and had the injuries to prove it. Whilst he was injured though I always wanted the golden fleece to remain perfect, with an almost protective aura to it.

I had to get each element of this project right for it to look real, so first off I enlisted the services of Victoria Nugent as a prosthetic make up artist who put up with my endless requests to try different effects caused by coming off a road bike at high speed. She didn’t fail to let me down, and I especially have to thank her understanding partner who was her test dummy. www.victorianugent.co.uk

Secondly I needed the right model, so after a lot of searching I came upon James Brown over a W Athletic who is a professional Triathlete and Ironman competitor. Not only was his physique perfect but he has spent his life riding competitively on road bikes. He didn’t even mind having to shave his legs to get the smooth rider look! www.wathletic.com/profile/james-brown/small/

Finally it also came down to getting the right bike. Now this proved to be the hardest element, no matter how hard I tried no one wanted to support me. So I took to twitter and within minutes was directed to Velocite bikes PR team. Thank you Twitter! After a conversation and some references I had my bike, but not just any old bike. I had the Velocite Magnus. In fact I had the ONLY Magnus bike in the UK, the PR took a chance with loaning me their prized £6,000 elite road bike and I am so grateful to them.  www.velocite-bikes.com

 

A BIG thank you to everyone involved; Vicky, James, Velocite Bikes and my two awesome assistants Andrew Simpson and Jack Gill.

 

 

These are my final sketches that me and Vicky worked on with injury placement –

 

The Magnus in all of it’s glory –

 

The styling –

 

James’s tranformation from strongman competitor to Tour de France winner –

 

Behind the scenes –

The quest for the golden fleece



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A project that has been in the making for almost a year.

This series of images is my vision of the mythical tale of Jason and the Argonauts quest for the golden rams fleece and how I perceive it being told in the modern day Tour de France race thats takes place each year.

Like Jason, these riders push themselves to both their physical and mental limits as they fight to conquer to endless miles of road in front of them to hopefully ride down the Champ de Elysee with the golden winners jersey across their shoulders.

What started off as a single portrait developed in to a series of four images that explored the whole body.I wanted to create the idea that during this quest our hero had fought many battles and had the injuries to prove it. Whilst he was injured though I always wanted the golden fleece to remain perfect, with an almost protective aura to it.

I had to get each element of this project right for it to look real, so first off I enlisted the services of Victoria Nugent as a prosthetic make up artist who put up with my endless requests to try different effects caused by coming off a road bike at high speed. She didn’t fail to let me down, and I especially have to thank her understanding partner who was her test dummy. www.victorianugent.co.uk

Secondly I needed the right model, so after a lot of searching I came upon James Brown over a W Athletic who is a professional Triathlete and Ironman competitor. Not only was his physique perfect but he has spent his life riding competitively on road bikes. He didn’t even mind having to shave his legs to get the smooth rider look! www.wathletic.com/profile/james-brown/small/

Finally it also came down to getting the right bike. Now this proved to be the hardest element, no matter how hard I tried no one wanted to support me. So I took to twitter and within minutes was directed to Velocite bikes PR team. Thank you Twitter! After a conversation and some references I had my bike, but not just any old bike. I had the Velocite Magnus. In fact I had the ONLY Magnus bike in the UK, the PR took a chance with loaning me their prized £6,000 elite road bike and I am so grateful to them.  www.velocite-bikes.com

 

A BIG thank you to everyone involved; Vicky, James, Velocite Bikes and my two awesome assistants Andrew Simpson and Jack Gill.

 

 

These are my final sketches that me and Vicky worked on with injury placement –

 

The Magnus in all of it’s glory –

 

The styling –

 

James’s tranformation from strongman competitor to Tour de France winner –

 

Behind the scenes –