We Get By With a Lot of Help from Our Friends

Our new friend, Ari, came by the studio today to help figure out the front gearing. And by “help” we really mean, “figure it will out and explain it to us.” He worked enthusiastically until the wee hours this morning, to bring our dream of an animated dragon to life. Here he is, taking the first ride on Maximena Alice Lee, and shown below working out the engineering with me tonight.

working scale sketches

Now that we have the bicycles around which we will be building this dragon, we’re able to make measured drawings of the frames and start sketching the dragon. Our process will be to make rough-draft versions of the final design at full scale in cardboard. This will be a new working method for me, in contrast to creating complete working drawings and quarter-scale models then moving to full scale and final materials. Working this way at full scale, we hope to work more collaboratively and more responsively, adapting the design as we go.

An earlier version of the dragon, below, based around different bicycle frames:

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