May 22, 2016

Hoatzin Bird in Watercolor

Blog readers have identified this for me as a Hoatzin, it's painted in watercolor on hot press watercolor paper.

May 19, 2016

Puss in Boots Beatboard

This is the "beatboard" from The legend of Puss in Boots. Myself and Marcos Mateu Mestre were the first artists on the show and our first move was to review the script and identify key moments to sketch out. We call these "story beats" hence the term "beatboard". This was our process to get the ball rolling and work toward finding a "look" for the show. It's a collaboration, Marcos sketched out the scenes and I painted them.

Our most important skills at the studios are to layout scenes for best storytelling effect, then use color and lighting design to create mood and emotion. Marcos has a wonderful book for layout called Framed Ink and my tutorials are at

May 16, 2016

Portait Book Images!

My portrait book is done and ready for the printer! It should become available end of summer. Here's an image for you:

May 09, 2016

Prince of Egypt "River to Blood" Paintings

 My color key for the "River to Blood" sequence for The Prince of Egypt. That was back in the glory day.

And here's the final version of the Prince of Egypt "River to Blood" painting. This is from that forgotten time of pre-digital so it's grainy but the best version I have.

April 29, 2016

Gallery Show Begins April 30th!

Hey Los Angeles, our gallery show opening reception "Painting the Town" is tomorrow night, Saturday April 30, 7-10pm at Gallery Nucleus 
I'm showing/selling these 5 pieces:

April 03, 2016

Rio2 Waterfalll

I hope you're not getting sick of my jungle waterfall scenes because I did a lot of them for the animated movie Rio2 :)

March 28, 2016


Here's another page of studies from back in the nineties (acrylic). Thumbnails done from the work of favorite artists, I was trying to figure out why they were so good.

March 06, 2016

Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron Scene

Painting for the animated movie Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron. 2001, Acrylic.
Great movie to work on back in the traditional painting days though it's hard to remember how to spell Cimarron right all these years later:)

March 04, 2016

The Legend of Puss in Boots

Childhoods End. My painting from The Legend of Puss in Boots flashback sequence.

February 28, 2016

Watercolor Demo Sketch

A costume sketch done with Winsor and Newton watercolors on arches paper.

February 21, 2016

Environment Design Demo!

This is a step by step demonstration of environment design I did for an animated feature film. The project ended up being cancelled as happens all too often but we can take advantage of it here in the capacity of a demonstration.
My online classes can be found at

February 13, 2016

Watercolor Online Course Coming!

Working away on my landscape sketching online class for! Should come out this August.
These are my usual colors, they're from tubes of Winsor & Newton watercolors. Unmarked colors are simply repeats of frequently used colors.

January 24, 2016

Neverland Island

Development of a color key for Disney's Neverland Island from a rough frame render.

January 20, 2016

January 11, 2016

Schoolism Live London and Berlin

London and Berlin, Schoolism Live is coming this April!!

Use the promo code FOWKES for a discount!


January 06, 2016

Critiqued Online Portrait Drawing Class!

My critiqued online portrait drawing class begins January 17! More info and to enroll here.

January 05, 2016

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!!
As for me... strange goings on here in the frozen deeps of the Utah wilderness on my holiday vacation.

December 26, 2015

Happy Holidays!!

Hope you've had a great Christmas!
This is a color key I did for the Shrek Christmas special.

December 22, 2015

Jungle Waterfall

Jungle waterfalls are the most fun to paint! Here's a waterfall color study I did for the animated movie Rio 2. 

December 13, 2015

Out the Office Window

These are studies of the view out of my office window from DreamWorks back in our traditional painting days. I did something like 70 of these over the course of a year, they're painted in acrylics.

I've posted some of these before and now here are all the ones I have handy in one group.

December 09, 2015

Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron Scene

Here's a scene and preliminary sketch for the Animated film Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron. They're both painted in acrylics on Crescent 100 illustration board.

The comp was based on a potential long camera pan but the final shot is condensed.

December 06, 2015

Puss in Boots Lighting Design Sequence

Here's a lighting design sequence I did for Puss and Boots and the Tres Diablos:

 Rough lighting keys.

 Scene illustration.

  Scene illustration.

 Final production matte painting.

 Scene illustration.

 Final scene form the show using my lighting design and matte painting.

Here's a close up of the final matte painting.

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: