I worked on this commission of the Jeffrey's Hook Lighthouse which stands below the George Washington Bridge in upper Manhattan two years ago, but since it was a surprise I'm not posting about it until now. The lighthouse is the subject of a children's book illustrated by Lynd Ward, The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, and is also the namesake the business my dad works for, Red Lighthouse Investment Management. This painting was for his partner, Mark, who I've known my whole life, and hangs in their office. It was enjoyable to work on a project for family and close friends.
The style is a little bit different from my traditional "science illustration", and that part was fun for me. Below you can see some of the steps in my process including: creating a preliminary drawing from a digital concept sketch, transferring the drawing to a scary white piece of paper, building up layers of watercolor washes, and finishing off details.