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Hello all,

I am a Harley lover, BIG TIME! I am also a fine artist, working mostly in graphite (pencil) which is a perfect medium for drawing motorcycles and anything chrome or metallic.

About 2 years ago, I began work on a life size drawing of a chopper. I just finished it a couple of weeks ago and IT IS AMAZING!

I am known for my skill in super-realism and mastery of graphite (pencil), and I am not disappointed in the creation of this work. I have won national honors in competition for other works, and expect this drawing to do exceptionally well.

"American Metal" is a large piece, approximately 19 x 24 unframed, and is drawn very near to scale.

The original is currently competing nationally, and will compete locally in the Metro Atlanta area through the Summer and Fall.

"American Metal" earned "First Place" from a panel of jurors, and "People's Choice Award" out of 90 entries in it's first open competition in April.

I am currently selling a giclée print of the original on eBay. The item number is 170216133697 if you would like to see it. The small image just doesn't do it justice.

Giclées are the finest art reproductions available, and are printed on fine art archival paper.

I would love feedback from anyone, and especially any suggestions on marketing prints of this piece. I would like to put an ad in a motorcycle magazine but not sure which one to go with.

The original will likely never be sold. I spent way too much time on it to make what it is worth to me. But I suppose everything has price, so who knows?

Thanks all,

Shannon Davidson
 

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Thank you very much!

Most of my artwork has been commissioned, a lot of portrait work or special projects. I only really started competing in 2006.

I do work in other mediums like oil and acrylic, and some color pencil, but I love graphite.

Some of my recent projects include:

A winning entry in a statewide competition for a new license plate design for Georgia (Honorable Mention)

A "Best In Show" in December for a graphite drawing at a local show judged by two very well known artists and critics

A request to present one of my paintings to the Georgia Aquarium for a project they were considering (Penguin picture below)

Placed third out of a field of more than 1500 entries in a national competition for my graphite painting "Eyes are the Windows" (below)

Currently I am putting together a portfolio to present to some galleries here in Atlanta. The motorcycle drawing took so long to do that all my other artwork had been put off.

But I really enjoyed the chrome work, so decided to use that as the theme for this portfolio. All my subjects for the portfolio are reflections in chrome, and will have the flag somehow worked into the subject.

My goal is to see how far I can push graphite. The Owl painting is actually graphite dissolved and painted onto canvas, a technique I invented. I am still trying to perfect the process though, to make it usable by other artists.

I just enjoy creating interesting subjects, especially things I know other people would enjoy seeing as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Thanks again. I love any input.

Shannon
 

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I've thought about that, and in fact a ride went out this morning near my home. Wish I had known about it. Just happened to drive by and see them take off.
 

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LOL my dad used to joke around and tell people he was Harley's brother Phil. He and my uncle both had Harley's when I was growing up.
 

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Not at the moment. I want a custom chopper, but will have to wait until I am rich and famous. :)

I have a friend who builds custom bikes and does the graphic work, and I am hoping he will show me how. I would LOVE to learn how to do that. If he'll teach me I want to do my own design.
 

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You know, I've thought about that, but haven't really pursued it. That's really a great idea.
 

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Discussion Starter · #22 ·
Perhaps you can take this up with Harley-Davidson since they produced the helmet you are having issues with.
 
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