Behind the Winery

Had a free day, so I packed the new gouache set and headed out to the family winery. The skeleton of my old tree house is this oak tree by a pond there. Lot of good memories in that tree… as well as a lot of ants.

oak tree fort
gouache on paper

Ocean gouache

No reference. Just a random seascape I made while playing guitars and doodling late night with my brother.

gouache sea scape
gouache doodle

Gouache House

I’m away from Hong Kong and working in Emeryville for a few weeks. Without the kids around I have extra time at night. With this in mind I picked up a set of Winsor & Newton gouache paints to play around with. Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to pass an evening than drinking good wine and drawing with old friends. Here is my contribution to last nights little drawing party.

top heavy adobe home
Its reasonable to assume that this addition is not up to code.
Captain Hook sketch

The Grey Sketchbook: Part 3

The final third of the book. I would have had posted it sooner had I not misplaced the sketchbook. It went missing for a few days. After a good deal of stress and several fruitless searches I found it, of all places, in my drawing bag. Boy did I feel like a fool.


The Grey Sketchbook: Part 1

I’m working on a new pocket sketchbook. Quick, fast and loose this time. Most of it was drawn at the dinner table, while ridding the train or while watching my kids play. About half way through the book at this point. The rest to come shortly.

The grandiloquent express

Wacky-train-drawing-fun-time with my boys always yields silly stuff like this overly ornate mechanical wonder vehicle. I christened her the the grandiloquent express.

I wonder what Thomas the Tank Engine would say to such a classy girl?

cartoon steam train
pencil with digital water color.
digital oil train painting

Stereo jungle painting

After hitting my head against the wall with gouache I jumped back to ArtRage 4 and my trusty digital oil paints. I wanted to play around with depth this time so I painted in layers that I could later be rip apart in Maya. The hope was to build a stereoscopic painting. I’ve done this before but this time I was searching for an easier way to edit the layers after they have been assembled in Maya. Couldn’t really figure that part out. I wanted to pull everything over to Zbrush but it doesn’t do transparency. And without transparency the illusion doesn’t work. I’m still looking for a good stereoscopic painting app.

digital oil train painting
The non-stereoscopic flat version of the painting.


This is what the painting looks like in maya.

And here is one of those 3D gif things to give you an idea of the effect.

jungle 3d
I really hope nobody gets a seizure watching this.