July 12, 2016

Portrait Drawing Book Now Available!

It's up!! Available NOW on amazon for pre-order. https://www.amazon.com/Draw-Portraits-Charcoal-Nathan-Fowkes/dp/1624650317/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1468346064&sr=1-1
We're so proud of the book and are confident you'll enjoy it. Please share the link if you'd like to support it.

July 09, 2016

Charcoal Portrait Drawing!

This is one of many drawings that will be featured in my soon to be released book, How to Draw Portraits in Charcoal.

June 28, 2016


I recorded the painting of this study, it will be included in my online landscape painting class found here.

June 20, 2016

Revisiting the Puss in Boots Beatboard

I've posted a few bits of this here and there but here's a group for you:
(some collaboration here with the great layout artist Marcos Mateu-Mestre.)

June 11, 2016

"Spirit" Studies

 These studies were painted for the animated movie Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron. They're look development for the "camp" location.

The quick and simple one below was one of many sketches to find the right color palette for the scene.

June 05, 2016

May 29, 2016

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 Schoolism.com

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 http://www.schoolism.com

February 13, 2016

Watercolor Online Course Coming!

Working away on my landscape sketching online class for Schoolism.com! 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!!
London: http://www.schoolism.com/workshop-london/
Berlin: http://www.schoolism.com/workshop-berlin/

Use the promo code FOWKES for a discount!