Here is my "final" pencil layout. I will probably make more changes and double check perspectives, etc... but this is what I will start painting on. I'm really pleased with the simplicity of the design. I can't wait to add paint and give it some life.
I couldn't afford to charter a helicopter to fly over the San Fran Bay for this piece. I did, however, stumble across a cool tool for the perspective and accuracy of the island and prison in their relationship to the Golden Gate Bridge. Google Earth is a free three-dimensional program that essentially allowed me to "fly in" and take a shot of the exact location I wanted for my painting. I will definitely use it on future projects.