Redesigning My Bike
The goal of this project was to give an ordinary bike an extraordinary look and to communicate a special message to everyone who encounters this mode of transportation.
This is how the bicycle looked before repainting.
To begin the work the bike had to be taken apart.
Then all the stickers and the logo had to be removed before adding the background coat of paint.
To make the patterns more visible, I chose the background color to be black.
Before painting, all the parts that shouldn't be painted had to be covered with tape and plastic bags.
After the background coat was done, I had to come up with the ideas for patterns that would look impressive, attract the attention, and communicate the message.
I chose patterns that make arrows out of triangular curvy shapes. The verbs LOVE, CARE, FORGIVE, HELP, TRUST, and BELIEVE, were chosen to call to action people who would see this bike. Those words are the representation of Christianity in action.
After sketching the designs, I transferred them to the bicycle.
The first step of this procedure was to use masking tape to cover the parts of the bike where the pattern should go. Then the patterns had to be drawn on the tape. After I was satisfied with the way it looked on the bike I had to cut out every piece of the pattern to get it ready for a different color coat. To make sure the rest of the surface stayed black I had to cover it with tape and plastic bags. Then I painted the front fork of the bike orange. Later all the patterns except the words that I wanted to highlight were covered with another layer of tape and painted over with green. After the tape and plastic were removed the patterns were clearly seen on the bike parts.
I repeated the same process for the main frame of the bike.
After all the painting was done the only thing left was to reassemble the bike.
The front rim was painted solid orange, and the back rim solid green. This way they were matching the overall front-to-back gradient.
All the words were highlighted with a contrasting color to make them more readable, but they still were fully integrated into the patterns.
There is a small pattern on the front of the bike as well. It says "KEEP IT UP" to summarize the idea that we all should keep loving, caring, forgiving, helping, trusting, and believing to change the world around us.
The signature logo was added as well to show whose work it is.