April 14, 2014

RIO 2!

Rio 2 has now hit theaters. I did inspirational concept art for the show including color, lighting and location design. I hope you like it!

April 08, 2014

Thanks Toronto!

 We had a great time at Schoolism live Toronto this year, hope to visit your city sometime soon.

From left to right: Kei Acedera, Marcelo Vignali, Bobby Chiu, Paul Lasaine and Nathan Fowkes. Photos by Keith Acedera.

February 24, 2014

Matte Painting

This is a matte painting for Puss in Boots and the Tres Diablos.
I did use a bit of photo texture in the nearest foreground to help get the right look. Everything else is painted freestyle.

February 12, 2014

New Online Class!

 I'm excited to announce the opening of my new online class: Environment Design. More info and registration here.
Feel free to add your email to the list as we will be announcing additional session start dates soon!

January 30, 2014

The Prince of Egypt

This is one of my background paintings from the Prince of Egypt, 1996.

January 20, 2014

Character Design Freelance Needed

Hi all,
My brother Doug Fowkes owns and runs a production and marketing firm and is need of character design work for a short term project. He's looking for concept sketches for a new line of plush animal characters based on the concept "They're so ugly, they're adorable!"  

Get complete info here then contact Doug at doug@infomercialsinc.com to submit portfolio samples.

January 15, 2014

Schoolism live in Florence!

For those of you out there living in Italy, I invite you to join myself and the great Terryl Whitlatch in Florence on March 13 for a day of fun filled artist workshops!

Hope to see you there!

January 02, 2014

December 23, 2013

November 20, 2013

If you'd like to head to Vegas in a couple of weeks...

I'm going to be a part of the Autodesk CAVE conference in Las Vegas on December 2 at 2:45pm. My presentation is:

Storytelling and the Hidden Language of Production Design

Storytelling is successful when an audience is not consciously aware of the underlying visual design, it just feels right. Artists find real success when they learn how to visually connect with their audience on an emotional level. In this presentation, concept designer and animation artist Nathan Fowkes will take you on a behind the scenes look at how the visual storytelling process can be designed to powerfully affect viewers emotions through the subtle use of color, light, shape and space. Nathan will share concepts as well as experiences and anecdotes based on his 18 years working with such notable clients as DreamWorks, Disney and Blue Sky.

CAVE Conference is dedicated to bringing together artists, designers, and storytellers to explore and celebrate the fundamental spirit that traverses these creative domains and disciplines. CAVE welcomes professionals and aspiring professionals alike!

November 18, 2013

It was fantastic to meet all of you who came out to CTNX, and great to reconnect with some of the Superstars who were mentors to me on my first feature, The Prince of Egypt.

Here's one of my scenes with the original color key sketch:

November 12, 2013

My CTNX Demo Saturday at 4pm!

For those of you attending CTNX this weekend, stop by and join me Saturday at 4 to 4:45pm in the digital atrium for my demonstration. The topic will be using color and light as major design elements for concept art.

And I'm looking forward to meeting those of you who signed up for my Friday workshop (sold out).

See you there!

October 14, 2013

A Full $100 Off My Self Taught Class, Sale Ends Friday

The sale is now over, thanks so much for the overwhelming response! The class will remain available at this link as self taught or fully critiqued. I hope to have a chance to work with you in the future.

Give your work beauty and artistry, drama and emotion, give it designed color and light! A full $100 off the regular price for the self taught class until Friday October 18. Now is the the moment you've been waiting for! Easy signup here.

September 30, 2013

Sign up for my CTN Animation Expo workshop!

This event is now sold out but I am doing a presentation/demo on the main floor Saturday afternoon at 4pm. See you there!

I hope to see you all at the CTN Animation Expo this year! My workshop is on Friday Nov. 15, 5:30pm and is now taking enrollments. Only $10, sign up while seats last!  Click this link and go to the third one down called "How to Find Artistry"

Here's a description:

Finding Artistry and Elegant Simplicity in Complex Concept Art 

As an animation artist, you'll be required to find beautiful artistry and clarity within challenging and complex subject matter. Whether it's sophisticated architecture, busy foliage or a landscape filled characters, this workshop will give you tools to meet the challenge!

September 18, 2013

My Self Taught Online Course: Designing with Color and Light Fall Sale!

Give your work beauty and artistry, drama and emotion, give it designed color and light! A full $100 off the regular price. Now is the the moment you've been waiting for! Easy signup here.

September 12, 2013

Florianopolis Brazil Workshop!

For any of you in Brazil, I'm very excited to travel to Florianopolis for workshops with Pixar's Louis Gonzales on November 2-3

See you there!


August 19, 2013

Online Portrait Drawing Course!

Study portrait drawing with me from anywhere in the world in my online class Drawing the Portrait in Charcoal. It begins January 13, 2014, enrollment is limited, sign up today! Hosted by the great people at LAAFA!

I've done my best to make this class the strongest such class on the market, it includes nine fully illustrated,  jam packed audio/video lectures, twelve video drawing demonstrations showing a wide variety of subjects, techniques and materials, and weekly homework assignments that will build on themselves to teach you a clearer, better way to work from life.

I'll work with you personally each week, you'll get a full audio/video critique of your work where I'll talk through with you what's working in your drawing and what can be improved. I'll draw over your image to give you a personalized demonstration for every assignment you turn in.

This class is designed to show you how to make drawing cease to be a source of frustration and become a pleasure, I'm looking forward to working with you.

August 05, 2013

July 08, 2013

San Diego Comic-con!

I hope to see you at San Diego Comic-con this year.
I have 2 presentations at the Schoolism booth (booth# 2042):
  1. Finding the simple solution to complex scenes, Friday, July 19, 1:55pm - 2:55pm.
  2. Photoshop Demo: building a scene with color and light, Saturday, July 20, 1:55pm - 2:55pm
See you there!

June 18, 2013

The Reveal

Color key sketch for the intro of The Legend of Puss in Boots.

June 04, 2013

The job I almost had but thank goodness I didn't

The art director called me to do the paintings for this commercial. He said they needed a landscape painter to do paintings that would appear in a Subaru commercial about a guy who used his Subaru to travel to remote locations to sketch. The paintings would be meant to capture the beauty of each location.

As often happens in TV they pulled out at the last minute saying there was a story change and they were changing the tone of the artwork they wanted to use.

I love how the commercial turned out and I'm so glad my work was deemed inappropriate for it :)

You can see my landscape sketching blog here and the whole enchilada here. They are mostly 30 minute sketchbook studies with the occasional larger work.

June 03, 2013

Sketchbook Quick Study

Watercolor with white gouache in a heavy weight oatmeal paper sketchbook. 2002

May 28, 2013

Pasadena Workshop June 15!

This will be a thorough and intensive workshop for designing compelling animation and game environments. Saturday June 15, 2-7 pm. Enroll online at Concept Design Academy.

See you there!

May 20, 2013

Shrek Village

This one is from a ways back, 2005 I think. We needed a take on a traditional medieval village. It's a collaboration, Henrik Tamm did the layout and I painted it.