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Nathan Fowkes Watercolor and Gouache

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Nathan Fowkes Watercolor and Gouache
October 20, 2012 12:00 pm
October 20, 2012 8:00 pm
As a veteran artist and fine arts instructor, Nathan Fowkes has spent many years studying and teaching the use of gouache and other water-based media. He has applied his experience to fields as diverse as theme park show design, traditional animation, his own personal work and on site landscape sketching. For this workshop, Mr. Fowkes will present both fundamentals and advanced techniques for creating dynamic images with traditional gouache and watercolor media. The workshop will include:
  • The fundamentals of picture making with water-based media.
  • Principles for organizing the complexities of color into pleasing harmonies.
  • Techniques and tips on materials and the painting process.
  • Instructor demonstration from a costumed model.
  • Student painting time from a costumed model with instructor feedback.

Instructor — Nathan Fowkes

Nathan Fowkes is a veteran entertainment and fine artist and has been a popular teacher of drawing, painting, color and design for the past decade. He attended the Art Center College of Design where he studied traditional painting and entertainment design and graduated with honors.

Nathan is currently a visual development artist at Digital Domain with screen credits including The Prince of Egypt, Spirit, Shark Tale, several projects within the Shrek Universe and How to Train Your Dragon.



Required supplies for this class:

  • For this workshop we will be using gouache or watercolor with white gouache. I tend to prefer watercolor with white gouache as a convenient sketching medium and I will be demonstrating with it. Note that some variation in paint color is acceptable, for instance some students prefer to avoid the cadmium colors due to high cost and toxicity. These can be replaced with the “hue” colors which are less expensive and less brilliant. If you prefer other brands or have favorite colors that are not on this list, feel free to use them. If you have a strong preference to use acrylics instead you’re welcome to do so.
  • Watercolors: (Winsor & Newton brand is recommended but other brands are acceptable)
  • permanent white designers gouache
  • cadmium or winsor lemon
  • cadmium or winsor yellow deep
  • yellow ochre
  • cadmium or winsor orange
  • cadmium or winsor red
  • alizarin crimson permanent
  • ultramarine blue
  • winsor (pthalo) blue
  • winsor (pthalo) green
  • sap green
  • venetian red (or indian red)
  • van dyke brown (or burnt umber)
  • ivory black
  • Suggested brushes:
  • Winsor & Newton series 995 size 1” The less expensive Princeton 1” flat #4350st is a good alternative. (at least two)
  • Robert Simmons white sable #721 flat, sizes 1/2” and 1/4” (2 of each)
  • Da Vinci Maestro 35 size 4 (or any good round sable watercolor brush.
  • Suggested surfaces:
  • Canson 12”x12” (or larger) craft paper sketchbook (can be found as a scrapbook in the photo album section of art and stationary stores, product #541-2022
  • -or- Arches 140lb watercolor paper block (cold press)
  • -or- Crescent 100 illustration board.
  • Miscellaneous
  • dark red prisma color pencil
  • masking tape