In short, I want to have a bike leaning against a wall outside. The goal in mind is to focus on a variety of weathered textures. It sounds just as traditional one might think so I'm still working a adding something a little extra.
Reference Image Hunting
The Start of a Location
The environment is just as important as the bike. Where is it located? Why is it here? After looking over some of the reference, I really preferred bikes against a withering brick wall with some greenery starting to grow through cracks in the ground.
I started to think of locations where I might find such locations and remembered the song "Penny Lane" and the album "Abbey Road" by The Beatles. I took to Google Maps Street View and "drove" down both streets. I, eventually, stopped in front of 47 Abbey Road and saw this as the perfect location. I love the vines hanging over the wooden fence that's apart of the mossy brick wall. The concrete tile of the sidewalk can bring so much. There is so much texture in that one spot.
As the main character, the bike has to tell its own story. Who's the owner of the bike and what does this bike say about them? This is going to rely on models I find, but I do like the rustic, older bike models. I'm even partial to the the flower basket. I am still figuring out pieces of the story, but I know new ideas will come in time.
For a color scheme, I want vibrant greens from the vines and rich browns from the wood. I'm really drawn to the bright, unnaturalistic red bikes. They really make the bikes pop out in the photos.
The Next Steps