In October 2016 I was contacted by Craig Watson, UK Sales Director of Kawasaki UK, about a possible painting of Jonathan Rea as it was looking ever likely that Jonathan would win back to back World Superbike championship titles on the ZX-10R.
When it came to the last race weekend at Local International Circuit in Qatar Jonathan secured the WSB title in the first race and the secret project began.
Billy the Artist with the finished Jonathan Rea 2016 World Superbike Champion oil on linen canvas painting commissioned by Craig Watson, UK Sales Director, for Kawasaki UK
Kawasaki UK commissioned this oil on linen canvas painting of Jonathan Rea riding the Factory Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike when he became the 2016 World Superbike Champion.
The oil painting shows Jonathan piloting his ZX-10R Superbike at the Losail International Circuit in his custom double WSBK Champion Gold Arai crash helmet.
I then had to work 12-15 hour days to complete the art to dry in time to be given to Jonathan. The oil painting was presented to Jonathan Rea at the Cornmarket Motorcycle Awards on January 27th 2017. Where Howard Dale , General Manager of Kawasaki UK and Craig Watson the UK Sales Director, also presented him with an ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ as he was the first rider in World Superbikes to win back to back titles for 17 years since Carl Fogarty. Jonathan also won the Joey Dunlop Trophy, for Irish Motorcyclist of the Year, back to back and for the fourth time in total.
My beginners art tutorial ‘How to Draw Anything! The Basics Part 1 Using Shapes’ on youtube has now had over 200,000 views (As of February 15th 2017).
I produced this video in 2014 showing simple techniques that I learned from many books over 30 years ago about drawing and distilling them into a short 22 minute real time video to simply encourage people to have a go at drawing and to enjoy art.
Since then it has been lovely getting lots of comments that this simple art lesson has helped many people to enjoy drawing and develop their artistic creativity.
Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne limited edition of 100 fine art prints.
This brand new limited edition fine art print of Shakey taken from my pencil drawing shows Shane riding the 2016 Paul Bird Motorsport Be Wiser Ducati Panigale in the British Superbike Championship. Shakey made BSB history by winning the British Superbike Championship for a 5th time on the PBM Ducati.
The print is available in A4, A3 and A2 and is embossed and signed with free UK post and packing.
I was recently commissioned by Kawasaki UK to produce an oil painting for Jonathan Rea to celebrate his 2016 double WSBK Championship ‘Back2Back’ victory with the KRT racing team riding the Kawasaki ZX-10R.
The painting was presented to Jonathan by Craig Watson and Howard Dale at the Cornmarket Bike Awards in Belfast on the 27th January 2017 where he also received a ‘Special Achievement’ award and the main award of ‘Irish Motorcyclist of the Year’ with the Joey Dunlop Trophy for the second year running and fourth time in total. You can see the art in this BBC NI short interview with Jonathan via the link below 🖌🎨🏁🏆🏆
A bit more done on my Shakey BSB PBM Ducati 2016 Champion doodle ✏️🏁🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
It takes a while to do all the detail but is worth it in the end. Especially when I upload the time-lapse video of the drawing to Youtube. Trying to get this done amid all the Christmas busyness is fun. Snatching a few hours here and there is all I can achieve. Possibly a decent day on it tomorrow.
Shane Shakey Byrne 2016 BSB Champion drawing by Billy update 16-12-16
Finally got back on with some drawing and Shakey’s Shoei lid is now detailed up on my art of him on the Be Wiser Ducati he raced to his 5th BSB championship victory in 2016. On to Shane’s Alpinestars leathers next.
Here is the full HD time-lapse of my oil painting of Jenny Tinmouth – The First Lady of BSB – riding the Full Factory Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade in the 2016 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.