May 18, 2015

The Big Fix!

Lighting frame paint-over, or as I like to think of it, fighting the forces of chaos :)

We do these after the digital sets are created and lit. The first pass at lighting rarely comes out well and it's up to the artists to design the color and light for a compelling story moment in the form of a frame paint-over in photoshop.

May 11, 2015

Book Shelf

Forget the art books, this is the bookshelf that REALLY matters :)

May 04, 2015

3 Properties of Color

Great news for those of us who struggle with color: everything we see can be simplified into 3 properties! 
The bad news is that these 3 simple properties combine into about 2.3 million color variations. Ugh.

April 11, 2015

Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo!!

April 16-19
April 16-19
April 16-19April 16-19
April 16-19
April 16-19. I'll be at booth x-26 with groovy prints and tutorial booklets that I think you'll enjoy.
Look for me right next to my superstar hosts Imaginism Studios.

March 31, 2015

Bernini at the Galleria Borghese

Just saw the Bernini sculptures at the Galleria Borghese. That some guy can turn a block of stone into this leaves me speechless.

March 26, 2015

Big Announcement!

Schoolism's move to affordable art education has opened!! Check out the Kickstarter subscription program!
All my classes will be available!

February 04, 2015

I have a new audio interview out on the Creative Trek podcast, check it out at
More audio interviews in the sidebar to the right.

January 30, 2015

Workshop in Rome!

For all of you out in Italy or nearby, join me for workshops in Rome this Spring! More info here.
Non perdetevi il workshop di Nathan Fowkes per la prima volta a Roma!

January 26, 2015

Austin Texas this weekend!

If you're anywhere near Austin Texas this weekend, come join me and the Schoolism live gang for a weekend of Artist's workshops! See you there!

January 22, 2015

Online Resources

And here's a the video description of my portrait drawing online resources:

January 20, 2015

Online Portrait Course begins Monday!

My portrait drawing online course begins this Monday Jan 26! We've opened up a couple spots just for you! Check it out here.

January 19, 2015

Online Pictorial Composition Class!

My online Pictorial Composition class is open for enrollment!
Session starting March 19 now sold out
Session starting May 28, enrollment opens January 20 (tomorrow!)
An additional session will held Fall of 2015

December 26, 2014

Schoolism Holiday Sale!

Save $100 on all Schoolism online self study classes!
I'm proud to offer Designing with Color and Light:
And Environment Design:

December 11, 2014

December 08, 2014

Save $100 on my self taught online drawing course!

1 week only, save $100 on the self taught version of my online portrait drawing course! Promo code is fowkes100. More info and enrollment here.
I also have a session of the fully critiqued version beginning January 26. More info and enrollment here.

December 05, 2014

Live Workshops in Austin Texas!

If you're anywhere near Austin Texas on January 31-Feb 1, come join me and the Schoolism live gang for a weekend of Artist's workshops! See you there!

November 24, 2014

CTNX is a wrap!

Great weekend at CTN Animation Expo!
Good to meet all of you who came out to the workshops as well as old friends and co-workers!
This is myself, Rodolphe Guenoden, Christophe Lautrette and Armand Baltazar.

November 14, 2014

Portrait Demo!

Portrait drawing online class available! Critiqued version begins January 26 or you can take the self taught version anytime.

November 12, 2014

Online Portrait Drawing Critiqued Course!

Finally! Portrait drawing online course, fully critiqued session!
Class begins January 26, limited spots, enroll today!
Yay, I'm excited about this.

November 11, 2014

Last Call!

There are just a few spots left in in my CTN animation expo workshop:
Storytelling and the Hidden Language of Production Design  Friday November 21, 5:15pm
The Saturday workshop: Creating Extraordinary Places  is sold out.
For more info and registration go to and select Schedule.

See you there!

October 31, 2014