Sketching from the saddle: Belgium by bike. Supported by Rapha

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15 – 21 August

This summer, Matt is getting on his bike…

It started as an excuse to hang out with his brother and ride around the Belgian countryside, but the idea has evolved somewhat since then. In August, the Blease brothers (illustrator Matt and Devon-based bike mechanic Tom) are embarking on a meticulously planned cycling trip following the Ronde van Vlaanderen (aka the Tour of Flanders) around Belgium.

They’ll still be sharing some quality time, of course, but Matt is making room in his super-light luggage for his sketchbook, pencils and camera so he can document the trip with a daily series of illustrations from the journey, while Tom uses his skills to keep the wheels turning.

Matt’s updates from the road will be posted every day on Matt’s Instagram, and ultimately collected into An Illustrator’s Guide to the Ronde. 

Matt’s Instagram is @mattblease