Nathan Fowkes - Creating Extraordinary Places (Online); Friday, April 23, 2021

This demo/talk is part of our Technique Takeaway series.
Please note, the Technique Takeaways are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend live, you will have access to the recording for 30 days.

Date: Friday, April 23, 2021
Time: 2:00-3:30PM PDT

Discover specific art techniques that you can ‘take away’  from some of your favorite artists and apply to your own work. This one and a half hour presentation will showcase a process that the artist incorporates in his daily art practice.  Instruction will be through a combination of lecture and demonstration by the artists.

Our Technique Takeaways are presented live via Zoom. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with the instructor via the Zoom chat box and will have access to the recorded session for thirty days. You will receive a Zoom meeting link and passcode the day before the talk. To take part, you will need a camera enabled computer OR an IPad/smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.

The goal of this workshop is to help attendees engage their audience through the design and painting of extraordinary locations. It will be a serious exploration of designing space, landscape, and architecture, as well as composing to best convey the mood, story, and history of each location. Nathan will take you through the practical application of: 

·         Designing the desired emotion into each location.

·         Staging the scene for best compositional effect.

·         Color and lighting ideas to create a sense of mood and location.

·         The design of space and depth cues.

·         Designing architecture to tell the story of the people who live there.

·         Demonstrations to illustrate the process of location design and painting.


Nathan Fowkes is a feature animation artist and fine artist, his clients include DreamWorks, Disney, Blue Sky Studios, and Paramount Animation.  His film credits include such popular movies as The Prince of Egypt, Spirit, several projects within the Shrek universe, How to Train your Dragon and Wonder Park.

Nathan’s watercolor work has been featured in numerous publications, and in solo and group exhibitions at Gallery Nucleus, Los Angeles. He is also author of How to Draw Portraits on Charcoal, and How to Paint Landscapes in Watercolor and Gouache from Design Studio Press.

Nathan is a regular guest lecturer at Art Center College of Design and has taught at The Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art and the Laguna College of Art and Design, and currently online at, his work can be seen at


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