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!

Schoolism.com 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!

July 03, 2015

San Diego Comic-con

I'll be doing demos and portfolio reviews at the Schoolism booth #2042 for anyone who'd like to come by. And I'll have my Concept Workbooks available!
Friday, July 10: Demo 2-3pm. Portfolio Reviews 4:30-5:30.
Sat, July 11: Demo 2-3pm. Portfolio Reviews 4:30-5:30.
Sun, July 12: Portfolio Reviews 12:45-2pm.

June 28, 2015

June 23, 2015

James Gurney's Gouache in the Wild

James Gurney has come out with an excellent new outdoor painting tutorial. The two things I liked most about it is that it takes the mystery and frustration out of the practical setup, and it builds a real enthusiasm to get out there and paint! More info and where to buy here.

June 21, 2015

Sketch Exploration!

I like to take quick sketchbook studies into photoshop and see what happens...

June 06, 2015

Summer Reading

Some summer reading for you: The 3 Body Problem by Cixin Liu.
(Cover artwork pictured here, not my work.)
If you love SF in the Arthur C. Clarke tradition then this book with its Chinese perspective will top your summer reading list. It's shocking and awesome!

May 27, 2015

Schoolism Live San Francisco!

San Francisco, we're coming!
Use my promo code: FOWKES and save $20 on a one day pass and $50 on a weekend pass for a stellar lineup of artist's workshops (plus me:)

May 25, 2015

Life Class Demo!

I shot steps of one of my life painting class demos for you if you're interested.
This is a quick sketch of a costumed pose in watercolor with opaque white gouache.

May 18, 2015

The Big Fix!

Lighting frame paint-over, or as I like to think of it, fighting the forces of chaos :)

We do these after the digital sets are created and lit. The first pass at lighting rarely comes out well and it's up to the artists to design the color and light for a compelling story moment in the form of a frame paint-over in photoshop.

May 11, 2015

Book Shelf

Forget the art books, this is the bookshelf that REALLY matters :)

May 04, 2015

3 Properties of Color

Great news for those of us who struggle with color: everything we see can be simplified into 3 properties! 
The bad news is that these 3 simple properties combine into about 2.3 million color variations. Ugh.

April 11, 2015

Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo!!

April 16-19
April 16-19
April 16-19April 16-19
April 16-19
April 16-19. I'll be at booth x-26 with groovy prints and tutorial booklets that I think you'll enjoy.
Look for me right next to my superstar hosts Imaginism Studios.

March 31, 2015

Bernini at the Galleria Borghese

Just saw the Bernini sculptures at the Galleria Borghese. That some guy can turn a block of stone into this leaves me speechless.