Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Some New Work

by Justin Gerard

Here is some sketching and a watercolor for some new work that Annie and I are doing for Spectrum LIVE in May.  

We have been working on some new story ideas and have been having a lot of fun with the development recently.
We will have a few new pieces from the series as well as some surprises for everyone at Spectrum.

My initial plan for the surprise was to ride in on 7 angry bulls, wearing a flaming linen canvas and a crown of paintbrushes. All while many dozens of otters in capes scampered here and there.

That plan fell through.

So it will be slightly less ambitious than all that, but still pretty intense.
We will be posting more about the development as it happens at GalleryGerard.com.

Until then, I give you: Undersea Mayhem!

The Search for the Pearl

12" x 16"

Watercolor on Bristol


  1. There's always next year's Spectrum.

  2. lookin' good! cant wait for the surprise...

  3. This piece is terrific. The armor designs are really well done and this underwater theme has been really intriguing. I wonder if you would mind elaborating on the paper & pencils you used for that sketch at the top - particularly the yellowish one? Thanks!
    And I definitely hope I can make it again to SFAL - I'd hate to miss any pyrotechnics that might occur (I still think the paintbrush crown is a feasible option).

    1. Hey Will! The pencils here are my favorite non-photo blue (staedtler) and then a brown and an ochre Pablo pencil. I love starting drawings with non-photo blue even though it's original purpose is meaningless in this era of digital scanners.
      The paper is an odd bit of drawing paper I had lying around. I can't remember where I got it from exactly.

  4. I'm so glad you post sketches, that's always my favorite part. :) Great work!

  5. Thanks for canceling the 7 angry bulls and flaming canvas cape: the cost for the extra insurance was killing us.

    1. Well, you're welcome. I really hate to stress you guys out. But we are still on for the Bun-Hur chariot race re-enactment right?

    2. Well, of course. We'll have the EMT standing by with a tub of Bactine for whomever is driving Messala's team.

  6. The Bun-Hur chariot race was always my favorite....

    1. Despite the rumors the film maker's insisted, "No rabbits were harmed during the production of this motion picture." But I don't buy it: it's all too real.

  7. Intriguing! Can't wait to see what you all come up with on this series, and what surprises you're bringing to Spectrum. I think it's the fish and shell hats, but I'm reminded in a nice way of James C. Christensen's work, too. :)

  8. No bulls with flaming linen and otters? Couldn't get the otters to cooperate... I'll bet that was it, wasn't it.

    I love the tones in the painting, that contrast between the warm sepia-ish tones and the cool blues on the claws and shells, it creates a beautiful color harmony. Can't wait to see what else you come up with!

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