I recently started working on a piece with two of my art doll figures having an adventurous ride on a motorcycle. Though I’ve created a number of art dolls and figure sculptures that were perched on bicycles, this is my first riding a motorcycle.
I have been having fun so far researching and sketching the particular type of motorcycle, and then stylizing it into my steampunk interpretation. There are a obviously a few more components than a bicycle to incorporate in to ensure it represents one particular type of machine over another.
First I braised together the basic motorcycle frame and produced a couple of types of wheel choices.
The most labor intensive process so far has been hand hammering out the two fenders. Blacksmith and body shops have power hammers and english wheels to shape and smooth these types of parts. I found myself wishing I could find a Tinkerbell sized version of both to work with for these.
I added the fenders, wheel mounts, and springs. Next up will be handlebars, motor, and gas tank. I’ll do my best to take photos along the way.