Saturday, October 31, 2015

Inktober 2015 - sketch #19

Here's the last of my inktober submissions �� Truly a fun experience and I had such a great time interacting and seeing everyone's inked sketches throughout October! ���� Already looking forward to the next one!

Plein Air Paintout from Helen Putnam Regional Park (Petaluma, Ca.) 

9" x 12" ink and watercolors.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Inktober 2015 - sketch #18

 it was a valiant effort to try Inktober this time around, I've got just one more to share...

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Inktober 2015 - sketch #17

Ended the night with the idea of heading to San Francisco �� Drove through the Waldo tunnel only to be greeted by Traffic �� ������������

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

Inktober 2015 - sketch #14

Here's a recap of my weekend. 

Started off with really crappy latte ����

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Inktober 2015 - sketch #12

 Petaluma Farm pen sketch on waterboard. Time for some color!

Paintout from a Petaluma Farm, Small shed next to a Huge Cypress Tree!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Inktober 2015 - sketch #9

One more sketch from the Tolay Fall Festival Pumpkin Patch. 

My wife and I found an oddly shaped & oddly colored pumpkin to take home!

Inktober 2015 - sketch #8

Pumpkin Patch with my wife :) It was so busy, she dared me to sketch the Wheelbarrows in 2-3 minutes... just before they were all taken!

Inktober 2015 - sketch #7

Great way to start the day... 

Brunch and an inktober sketch!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Ring Mountain - Part 4 or 4

Couldn't resist leaving Ring Mountain without one last sketch,

Hiked only half way down the trail for a quick ink sketch and watercolors.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Ring Mountain - Part 3 of 4

The top of the ridge offered a great panoramic view of Mt.Tam

The winds got too intense, had to pack it up and head back down the trail.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Ring Mountain - Part 2 of 4

The Wind really picked up by the late afternoon! Easel kept shaking 
so I decided to just rest my watercolor board on my lap.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Ring Mountain - Part 1 of 4

Hiking up Lord of Rings Mountain... I mean, 

Ring Mountain in Corte Madera, Ca.

Made it to the top of the ridge (huffing and puffing).

Trying to start directly with inks before adding any watercolors.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Artists in Action Plein Air Competition (1st Annual) Downtown San Rafael, Ca.

Marin History Museum
"Boyd Gate House"
9"x 12" Watercolors

Plein Air event in Marin County. Hand full of painters set up, capturing historical buildings and victorian houses in Downtown San Rafael, Ca.

Here's a snap shot of my usual plein air set up: Guerrila box to hold watercolor board and paints, tripod and Easy L umbrella. If you decide to paint on location, I highly recommend setting up your easel in a safe spot...away from foot traffic and especially from cars.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Mini watercolor travel pallette

My pal at work let me borrow his travel size watercolor palette, It's the smallest I've ever worked with... but I've seen someone use an Altoids tin...Time to take this baby out for a test drive!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Classic Ant-Man

"WTF just ran across my keyboard?"

Oh... it was just a little reminder it's opening night for ANT-MAN!!! 

This is my shrinky-dink version of Classic Hank-Pym.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Calibretto (Part 2) - Final Colors

Here's a Gigantic War Golem ready for battle in a huge forest. 
What's hiding beyond those trees?!

I'm really excited creator Joe Mad! is bringing back one of my all-time favorite 

comic titles "Battle Chasers" both as a comic and a video game! 

Here's a colored version of my Calibretto sketch from my previous post.

Drawn with a Bic Pen and colored with Prisma Markers.

Check out the gray scale version:

Friday, July 10, 2015

Calibretto - Part 1 (grey tones)

Calibretto! He's from one of my all-time favorite comics "Battle Chasers"!!!

Should I color this one? Usually I take a vote... but I'm gonna go ahead and say YES to coloring up this bad-boy! 

Thursday, July 09, 2015

SDCC sketch

San Diego Comic Con Day-1 coverage is over! Sure wish I was there with you guys and gals! For now I'm doodling one of my favorite comic characters... I'll post more tomorrow.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Final Mt.Tam Painting - 6"x6" Acrylic on canvas

From the previous post, If you guessed 

the bottom right thumbnail.... you were right!

This one was inspired by a recent paintout of Mt. Tamalpias.

Back in February 2015 I had a chance to plein air paint from Corte Madera with a gorgeous view of Mt. Tamalpias in the background, aka: Mt. Tam

I originally wanted to set up along the wetland area but it was under restoration. In other words, it was off limits. And with the California drought, it really was not much of a wetland. So this painting was imagined with a small creek and what looks to be the famous Mt. Tam off to the distance.

Thursday, April 02, 2015


It always starts with a Thumbnail.... next project in progress.

Can you guess which thumbnail will become a painting???

Will post final piece tomorrow!

Thumbnails are a great way to get ideas out and onto paper. And when you fill a page, you can quickly scan over multiple ideas.... that may create additional hybrid ideas!!! It could save time (save paint) and to see if your layout has a good chance of working into a bigger format.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

New painting for April 2015

Setting up for a new project.....
had to blow the dust off my box of acrylic paints!

Stay tuned for more!

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Plein Air - Nicasio, Ca (Progress Shot)

After a little rain from the previous night... the skies cleared right up and I headed to Nicasio, Ca. Such a pretty drive through Lucas Valley and Nicasio Valley... but due to a local Pumpkin Patch Event, I opted to take another route. 

Parking can be limited at times but don't worry... Folks are mostly stopping by to grab a bite to eat or just to snap some photos. I'd say cars are in and out within half an hour. It was quite busy during my visit... Lots of passerby's all day! Not just cars... but bicyclists and motorcycles as well.

One of the popular landmarks you immediately see is an old church (which is still in use). Although I've painted in Nicasio before... I did not paint this church. Instead I painted a wonderful view of huge ROCKS along a grassy green hillside. See previous post: [HERE]

So this time around I anticipated painting this church. I took a walk up and down the street to select a spot to set up... and just as I walk through the baseball field and back to my car... I see a great view just from across the street! It was a view that practically cropped itself... Now, the main challenge... can I successfully capture that same view and transfer it into my painting? (crossing fingers)

Here's a couple progress shots throughout the afternoon. Laid down a light pencil drawing... followed with a couple of watercolor washes.

Be sure to check back for the final painting!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Adventure Time! STEAMPUNK Sketchcards

Here's a recent project I completed for the official Adventure Time! series. I decided to split up my sketchcards into categories... and start off with a SteamPunk theme.
(3.5" x 2.5" ink, markers and gouache)

Character Names
(upper left) Flame Princess
(bottom left) Jake the Dog
(bottom) FINN the Human
(bottom right) Ice King

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Plein Air - Tomales, Ca (Progress Shot)

Rain was in the forecast this past week. And this afternoon showcased lots clouds in the sky. While driving up Highway-1 towards Tomales, the overcast burned off and the rolling hills were brightly lit. But a particular hillside caught my eye so I decided to pull over and scope it out.

Such a great view with a creek along the left side and a handful of barns to the right!

Once my gear was set, I quickly penciled in my layout and immediately started painting the sky. I wanted to work fast because (through experience) once those clouds move in, they will cast numerous shadows over my view.

Luckily for me... today's weather stayed clear of rain and the wind was minimal.

Stay tuned for the finished painting in my next post!

Gerald's Sketch Cards

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