Environment Design Workout

Nathan Fowkes
21 Lessons (16h 57m)
21 Day(s)

Two Ways to Learn


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  1. Watch Video Lessons at Your Own Pace
  2. Assignments Included
  3. Peer Feedback
  4. Switch Courses as Often as You Like
  5. Access to all Schoolism Webinars included

Critiqued Sessions

personalized instructor feedback

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  1. Watch Video Lessons with a Planned Curriculum
  2. Scheduled Assignments with Deadlines
  3. Personalized paint-overs and feedback videos
  4. Peer feedback
  5. Ability to Contact Instructor with Questions
  6. Physical Certificate of Completion (Mailed to you anywhere in the world)
  7. Access to all Schoolism Webinars included

Course Description

Strengthen your artistic muscles for exciting environment designs with Nathan Fowkes, concept artist for DreamWorks, Disney, Blue Sky Studios, and many others!

Nathan has created 21 digital environment painting demonstrations and provided all the relevant references so you can paint along with each workout every day for 21 days (or take it at your own pace). Each demonstration an hour or less and the series is carefully structured to train you in the process of:

  • Laying out perspective for a dynamic environment.
  • Going from basic building blocks to exciting shapes.
  • How to tackle a wide range of environmental subjects.
  • Digital painting techniques for quick environment rendering.
  • Creating an effective quality of light in your environment.
  • Bringing believability and emotion to your environment.
  • How to give each environment a sense purpose.

This workout is for digital artists of any kind!

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Drawing Tablet

Lesson Plan


Nathan Fowkes

Nathan Fowkes is a veteran entertainment industry artist with credits on 11 feature films including The Prince of Egypt, Spirit, several projects within the Shrek Universe, How to Train Your Dragon, The Legend of Puss in Boots and Rio2. Nathan's upcoming projects are animated feature films from Disney, Blue Sky Studios and Paramount Animation.

Nathan is also well known as a teacher of color, light and design; he is 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. Additionally Nathan has been sought after as a consultant for game studios to enhance the quality of their theatrical presentation. He has worked with numerous clients including Blizzard Entertainment, King, Disney Interactive, Riot Games, Ubisoft and Rovio.

Nathan is also author of the best selling instructional book How to Draw Portraits in Charcoal, his work can be seen on his website.