Nathan Fowkes - Designing with Color and Light (Online); Friday, December 4, 2020

This demo/talk is part of our Technique Takeaway series. 

Date: Friday, December 4, 2020
Time: 2:00-4:00PM PDT

Discover specific art techniques that you can ‘take away’  from some of your favorite artists and apply to your own work. This two 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 two weeks. 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.


This 2 hour class will show artists of any kind how to powerfully engage their audience through the design of color and light. It will cover:

  • How to tackle the color and light design of any subject.
  • How to organize the complexities of color into engaging harmonies.
  • How to create a full variety of moods and emotions.
  • How to stage images through the design of light.
  • Demonstration step by step: building an image with color and light.
  • Q&A


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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