Pictorial Composition Workout

Nathan Fowkes
21 Lessons (15h 40m)
21 Week(s)

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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 Schoolism Webinar Archives

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  1. Watch Video Lessons with a Planned Curriculum
  2. Scheduled Assignments with Deadlines
  3. Personalized Paint-Overs and Real-Time Feedback From The Instructors
  4. Watch Video Lessons and Peer Feedback as Often as You'd Like
  5. Ability to Contact Instructor with Questions
  6. Digital Certificate of Completion
  7. Weekly Class Meetings LIVE on Zoom
  8. Access to Schoolism Webinar Archives

Course Description

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

Nathan has created 21 compositional painting demonstrations (painted in photoshop) 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, no worries!). Each demonstration is an hour or less and the series is carefully structured to train you in the process of:

  • Turning basic design building blocks into sophisticated compositions.
  • Bringing an intense sense of purpose to your designs.
  • How to tackle a wide range of compositional subjects.
  • Digital painting techniques for quick compositional rendering.
  • Bringing believability and emotion to your compositions.
  • How to turn an idea into a simple comp and through to a concept finish.

Additionally, this series will show you how to turn an idea into a black and white comp, transform it into a color comp, then bring it to a conceptual finish.

This workout is for artists of any kind!

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Drawing Tablet

Lesson Plan


Nathan Fowkes

Nathan Fowkes is a veteran entertainment industry artist with credits on 12 animated feature films including DreamWorks Animation’s The Prince of Egypt, Spirit, several projects within the Shrek Universe, How to Train Your Dragon, Blue Sky’s Rio 2, Ferdinand and Wonder Park from Paramount Animation and development art for Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon.

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 Riot Games, Ubisoft, Blizzard Entertainment, King, Disney Interactive, Rovio, Supercell and many others.

Nathan is also well known as a teacher of color, light, design and traditional drawing and painting. He 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. He's the author of the bestselling How to Draw Portraits in Charcoal and How to Paint Landscapes in Watercolor and Gouache. His work can be seen at nathanfowkes.com