Dane Searls sketch


A couple of months ago I was approached to see if I could provide a Brisbane artist with a couple of my photos of BMX dirt-jumping pioneer Dane Searls, who was tragically taken from us in November 2011.

At the time I thought I had nothing to lose by emailing through a couple of my favourite images of my mate. I fired through a portrait shot I took of “Chinga” laughing at Farm Jam in 2011, and an action shot of him stretching out one of his signature Supermans over the 50ft double during the Giants Of Dirt project I helped Dane with back in 2011.

I didn’t think too much more of it, then suddenly this amazing pencil sketch by Brisbane artist and BMX fanatic Lix Bacskay (@lixy_b if you want to check her out on Instagram) appeared.

The level of detail that Lixy managed to capture using a few pieces of wood with lead through the middle of them is nothing short of incredible, and the accuracy of her work makes you do a double-take as to whether it’s a black-and-white photo or a sketch.

Dane Searls sketch in progress
Lix Bacskay’s work in progress.

I’m so honoured to have been able to be a part of Lix’s Legends and Stars portrait series; she’s more than done my photos justice and I know for a fact that if Dane was still here with us, he would be blown away and humbled to have had something like this created to honour his memory and achievements.

Thanks, Lix. I wish you all the best and can’t wait to see what you weave your magic on next!

Dane Searls detail shot.
The devil’s in the detail.