Sport is a source of inspiration for many creative artists, as it embodies values such as excelling oneself, the spirit of competition, team spirit, challenge, speed, energy, or even passion.
These are all mouth-watering words for artists. Each year, the Tour de France is drawn, sketched, painted, and photographed. It is therefore only logical that graphic artists, illustrators and canvas designers, the new artists of this millennium, are now part of this. In addition to the official poster for this year’s Tour de France, let me show you a selection of illustrations and infographics, which showcase the Tour with great talent and creativity.
Crayonfire, aka Neil Stevens, is a talented British illustrator who for the past year has been having increasing success with his illustrations on the theme of the Tour de France. Discover his work via his website: www.crayonfire.co.uk and you can also buy his illustrations through his e-shop at www.crayonfireshop.co.uk/
‘zesti aka Ine Beerten, a Belgian artist, won a competition on the fabric design website, spoonflower.com, which had been given the theme of the Tour de France. Her creation received the most votes, and it is now available to buy here : spoonflower.com
I Love Dust is a London-based boutique made up of creative artists and designers that sell the creations of designers from all around the world. For the 2010 Tour de France, Ilovedust produced a really beautiful illustration for USA Bicycling Magazine ; see it large on ilovedust.com/project/view/usatourdefrance/illustration
The Handmade Cyclist via Etsy.com has a number of posters for sale related to the Tour de France, including the light-hearted one shown below entitled “Nicknames of the Peloton” ; it is now available to buy on www.etsy.com
Bruce Doscher, an artistic director living in New Zealand has been producing superb illustrations for each stage of the Tour since 2010. His is a site to look out for as every day there is a new piece of work! His posters can be bought directly from his website: brucedoscher.com/cyclingposters
A yellow and blue infographic has been produced by the Ph.creative agency for the bike claims website, which shows the key figures from the Tour de France’s history, and some statistics on the 2012 race ; see it large on bikeclaimsolicitors.co.uk
An original infographic on the subject of the power produced by riders on the 2011 Tour de France made by Halogen
Last year, the website For Print Only (FPO) produced an extremely detailed infographic on the teams, riders and the route of the 2011 Tour de France in what must have been a lengthy project. I hope we will have the chance to see a version for 2012 ; see it large on www.underconsideration.com
//** updated on July 16th **//
On a six pence contacted me via Twitter to tell me he had also created a poster as a tribute to the Tour de France and I would like to share this unique creation with you. Entitled “Le Tour des Merveilles”, this fresco is a cycling-themed periodic table of elements, a rather clever idea ! The painting is available to buy on his website www.onasixpence.bigcartel.com
A great job, right? Now I’m curious to find out which is your favorite creation? Leave us your comments!