Nathan Fowkes


Nathan Fowkes has painted backgrounds for animation giants DreamWorks, Disney and other entertainment legends.  His film credits include The Road to El Dorado, The Prince of Egypt, How to Train Your Dragon, The Legend of Puss in Boots and of course, Shrek.

Learn how Nathan broke into the animation industry, the pros and cons of freelancing in the world of entertainment design.  Plus hear the advice he got from Sue Lyon & Scott Burdick that changed the course of his career.

Quote:Definition of sacrifice:  “Giving up something that’s really good in favor of hoping to get something even better.”  Nathan Fowkes

Highlighted Topics:

  • How Nathan transitioned from corporate to freelance (7:20)
  • What does Nathan consider the highpoint of his career? Two keycards (21:22)
  • Quality of Artwork (25:00)
  • The game changing  advice from Sue Lyon & Scott Burdick (28:55)
  • Definition of Sacrifice (33:43)
  • State of Flow (40:45)
  • Lives for (42:00)
  • Tales of the master – Burne Hogarth (48:17)
  • Nathan’s Dream Project (58:50)


Other Artists Mentioned


Additional Links:

Take workshops with Nathan at Schoolism or Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Arts (LAAFA)

Lynda –

Palette & Chisel, Academy of Fine Arts


 Alastair Reynolds, On the Steel Breeze  (Fiction, non-art)

Burne Hogarth – Dynamic…. everything!


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