November 25, 2015

Puss in Boots Environment

An environment I did for Puss in Boots. The background is a matte painting and the foreground is a place holder for geometry that will be created and lit.

November 23, 2015


Great time at CTNX, thanks to all of you who stopped to say hi!
Here's our panel of superstars (plus me): James Paick, Bruce Zick, me, Laurel Austin and Fernando Olmedo. We spoke on the topic of Concept.

November 18, 2015

Dubai Report!

Our latest Schoolism live event was Dubai, an extraordinary city. Our crack team of artists were Bobby Chiu, Chris Pern, David Levy, Justin Fields, Stanley Lau and myself. Here are some highlight photos:

November 02, 2015

CTN Animation Expo!

I have 2 workshops at the CTN Animation Expo in Burbank Ca. this Month:
Color Script Design for Storytelling. Friday, November 20, 3:45 PM.
Lighting Design for Storytelling. Saturday, November 21, 3:15 PM.

October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

This is a color key painting from the DreamWorks Halloween special.

October 23, 2015


Working on my portrait drawing book a little every day. Should be out next summer.

October 19, 2015

Master Studies

Back in the mid nineties I was out of school and starting to work professionally but painfully aware of how much improvement was still needed. I put myself on a routine of daily master studies which included one of my favorite landscape painters: Edgar Payne. Here's a page of my studies:

October 14, 2015


Back from Barcelona!
Special thanks to King Studio! Good stuff brewing over there, and they were excellent hosts, an amazing company to work for.

October 01, 2015

Online Portrait Class in January!

My online portrait drawing class has opened for enrollments! More info here.
Begins January 17, 2016. Limited spots!

September 27, 2015

This was practice rendering grass for a project with 6 inch tall characters.

September 24, 2015

Create Change Design Forum in China!

Here are the photos from the event if you'd like to take a look, (Yeah OK, it's totally a bragging wall.)
Special thanks to our hosts and forum creators Art Center College of Design (host, Dr Mark Breitenberg) and the Art Center Institute of Design in China (Miss Yu Lan), they were awesome!
Info on the extraordinary speakers here.

September 22, 2015

China Design Conference Lineup

Gordon Bruce, Frank Stephenson and Nathan who?
It was a fabulous trip to China, still can't believe who I shared to stage with.

September 13, 2015


I'm headed to China to do a series of workshops for the Create Change Design Forums in Hangzhou! I'll be representing my Alma Mater: Art Center College of Design. Very Exciting!
Here's a demo for you that's loosely on topic, it's done with a water soluble brush pen; a technique study from photo reference.

September 10, 2015

Sinbad, Legend of the Seven Seas Sky

This is a sky I painted for Sinbad, Legend of the Seven Seas.
It's the only piece I painted traditionally for that show. We had already transitioned to digital painting but for this scene they wanted a traditional "watercolory" look.

September 06, 2015

Portrait Drawing Online Course!

Study portrait drawing with me from anywhere in the world! Check it out here!
Begins January 17, 2016.

September 02, 2015

Portrait Study in Charcoal

I've posted a lo res of this study before but just did a proper scan for the book, have a look!

August 23, 2015

Book in Progress..

I'm working on my portrait book; it'll come out through Design Studio Press next year.

August 16, 2015


Watercolor on arches cold press watercolor paper.
Hope you're having a great weekend!

August 09, 2015

Office Window

Back in the day I would paint the view out of my office window at Dreamworks.
This was done while we were working on Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron (acrylic). I did something like 70 of these.

August 03, 2015

Location Design!

Environment layout with pov roughs to give a feel for the look and story moments of the location.

July 27, 2015

Digital Landsketch Demo!

A digital (photoshop) take on landscape sketching. Hope you're enjoying your summer!

July 23, 2015

Subscriptions Now Live! Subscriptions have officially opened!! 2000 subscriptions available. 1st come, 1st serve.
My classes are all available!
Designing with Color and Light
Environment Design
Pictorial Composition

July 13, 2015

Comic-Con Report!

 With 2 of my very favorite artists and friends Kei Acedera and Bobby Chiu. I got their new creatures book!!

 Paul Wee, the best figurative sketcher out there and 20 yr Simpsons veteran.

 Taking a turn pitching at the Schoolism booth.

 The Gang at Dinner.

 With Kim Jung Gi, Bobby Chiu and the gang.

 Rising star Helen Mingjue Chen.

 And it was a real treat to watch Ian McCaig and Kim Jung Gi sketching at dinner!!

 With story incomparable artist John Nevarez.

And last but not least, creature designer extraordinaire Terryl Whitlatch!