Just to remind yourself, Google what a bike looks like. You couldn't draw one like that. One designer, named Gianluca Gimini, is capitalizing on that complete failure of would-be artists and engineers to accurately draw a bicycle. Gimini took all the bicycle sketches he could find and turned them into the following digital renderings. Here's what some amateur designs would look like if actually brought to life:
Gimini got the designs by asking numerous friends and strangers alike to draw a bike for his "Velocipedia" project. The 3D illustrations that follow prove, as you might have guessed, that a majority of humans lack the knowledge of simple mechanics.
These bikes would break.
As you can see from the photos, these folks tend to sketch the same parts of a bike wrong. For the most part, they nail the frame, but when it comes to the bike’s chain and gear, they can't seem to grasp the concept.
The flaws are sort of hard to see on a two-dimensional sketch, but when you take a look at their 3D versions, the mistakes become more apparent.
Gimini told Someecards his inspiration for the project. He was chilling at a bar in Bologna, Italy with a friend back in 2009. He said they were reminiscing about school time memories and at one point, Gimini recalled this very embarrassing moment:
A classmate was being questioned by our technical education teacher. He was doing pretty bad and was on the verge of tears at a certain point, so the teacher tried to help him out by asking him to describe his bicycle. The poor kid panicked and couldn’t even remember if the driving wheel was the front or the rear one. My friend laughed at this story and said that anyone who has ridden a bike must know how it’s made. Then he tried drawing one on a napkin and miserably failed.
And that was the day he started collecting the bike drawings.
Gimini emphasized that "the purpose of the renderings is just to underline how beautiful the sketches are. All the so called creativity in this project lies in the sketches."
Yes, the designer certainly puts these avant garde drawings in a positive light, but the man has a point. His overall message? "We can all be imaginative if we allow ourselves to be it."
Basically, who cares if your drawing isn't an accurate depiction of a bicycle? At least you're drawing. As long as you don't try to ride it.