October 3, 2019
Nathan Fowkes is a veteran entertainment industry concept 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, and many others.
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, Rovio and Supercell.
Nathan is also well known as a teacher of color, light and design; 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 book How to Draw Portraits in Charcoal and How to Paint Landscapes in Watercolor and Gouache. Nathan teaches online at Schoolism.com when his film production schedule allows.
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Follow Nathan on his Instagram: @nathanfowkesart
And on his website: https://www.nathanfowkes.com
And his courses on Schoolism.com
His books on Amazon
September 5, 2019
Stephanie Draime and Eduardo Cerruti are a New York City based photography team, as well as life partners.
Coming from greatly distinct backgrounds, Eduardo is originally from Florence, Italy and Stephanie is a Mexican American who grew up in Hawaii, the two met in Florence in 2010.
They moved to New York City in 2014 and began to pursue photography together. The two photographers quickly noticed how perfectly they synced as a team and have been fully dedicated to their work since, traveling the world shooting for such clients as Cereal Magazine, Mr. Porter, Condè Nast Traveler, Suitcase Magazine and many, many more.
Find them on Instagram
and their website:
July 15, 2019
James Michalopoulos is a painter and sculptor, probably best known for his singular style, painting portraits of New Orleans shotgun houses and Creole cottages. James captures the spirit and essence of his subject in layer upon layer of thick impasto paint, brimming with color and energy.
Today he divides his time between New Orleans and Burgundy.
During a trip to France in 1990, he fell in love with Provence and the Burgundy region and bought a home near Cluny. The French countryside–with its Roman era stone buildings and verdant fields–has become a large focus of his work, grappling with notions of elemental biological life and the evidence of cohabitation with nature.
His artwork continues to be shown extensively in the U.S. and abroad, in museums, galleries, and private collections.
And if you visit New Orleans, definitely pop by his gallery in the French Quarter, as his large scale works need to be experienced in person.
In this episode, James shares a lot of his thought process and approach to art. We talk about some technique, finding one's style, and probably most importantly, finding your truth through your work. I got a lot out of this conversation and I hope you do as well.
and his Instagram page
July 2, 2019
David Zheng is a New York City based photographer. After eight years working in finance, he decided to leave his career to pursue a career in photography.
Shooting mostly black and white film, and being largely self taught, he sought further education at the International Center of Photography and studied under a Darkroom Master Printer.
In 2018, he traveled to Guangzhou, China to photograph his first series, which he then self published as his first book, titled Reveries.
David shares some great insights into his process and thinking in this episode and I hope you enjoy!
Find David on Instagram @iamdavidz
And on his website: http://davidzhengstudio.com
His book “Reveries” can be found here: http://davidzhengstudio.com/store/reveries
June 26, 2019
Originally from Georgia, Katie is a New York City based artist where she lives and works. She created Paper Fashion in 2009 as an outlet to share her artwork with the world.
Katie works on personal commissions and often collaborates with commercial clients, many in the fashion and beauty space.
In this episode she shares some great insights and advice on work habits, how she developed her style, navigating social media and client work, and much, much more.
Katie also recently released her own brand of art supplies which can be found here:
Follow her on lnstagram @paperfashion
and at her website www.paperkatie.com
April 30, 2019
Will Weston is an Associate Professor at Art Center College of Design where he teaches in the Entertainment Arts and Entertainment Design Departments.
He has an MFA in fine art and worked as an advertising illustrator before moving into animation. He’s worked in animation for Disney, Nickelodeon and Sony. He’s also taught at Dreamwork’s TV and Feature Animation and lectured in their lunchtime lecture program.
Will has a incredibly unique way of breaking down the complexity of drawing and his Instagram feed is a gold mine of information. He can be found @willwestonstudio
In this episode he shares some great insights, advice, and a few assignments that he gives his Art Center students that are relevant for anyone in the visual arts.
Find Will on Instagram @willwestonstudio
April 11, 2019
David Coggins is a NYC based writer, probably best known for his NY Times Best seller, Men and Style and his second book, Men and Manners. David has written about tailoring, travel, fly fishing, design and drinking for numerous publications, including Esquire, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Conde Naste Traveler, The Robb Report and many many others.
In this episode we chat about his background in art. His early days writing about art. How he moved into writing about travel, menswear, and fishing, among other things. And he shares some great writing advice, travel tips, and other great gems!
Find David on Instagram @davidrcoggins
Men and Manners on Amazon
March 29, 2019
Paris Chong is the Gallery Manager and Curator at Leica Gallery Los Angeles.
Paris has over seventeen years of experience in curating, managing, and promoting fine art galleries and artists of every genre.
She represented Leica Gallery Los Angeles at Art Basel Miami and Photo Paris, and the upcoming Palm Springs Photo festival.
Paris coordinates and curates all events and art shows at the flagship Leica Gallery in West Hollywood. She has curated exhibitions for artists such as: Lenny Kravitz, Ralph Gibson, Neal Preston, Eli Reed and many others.
Paris also curates exhibitions for the historic American Society of Cinematographers Clubhouse (ASC) in Hollywood featuring still photographs by the world’s top Directors of Photography.
Find Paris on Instagram
Leica Gallery Los Angeles
March 22, 2019
John Cullen is a Canadian photographer currently based in Los Angeles.
With a strong emphasis on storytelling, his editorial assignments have taken him all over the globe covering a wide range of travel, food, and people.
He is also a documentary and commercial director and moving into the TV landscape, with a few documentary style series in development..
In this episode we chat about his start in photography and the magic of that first roll of film. He discusses how he got into the editorial world and then transitioned into directing docs and commercials. And he shares a few really great travel stories along the way, and much, much more.