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About Marc


Montreal artist, Marc Taro Holmes is author of The Urban Sketcher: Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location (2014), from North Light Books, and is the instructor for two online classes in location sketching (2014/15) available from, as well as various instructional videos from

Marc is a correspondent with (since 2009), and is currently representing Montreal, QC, CA. Additionally, he served as a board member and volunteer editor from 2009-2016.

Marc was elected to the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor in December of 2016, recently winning their Sloan Award (2016), and CSPWC Second Prize Award (2017).

He graduated in 1995 with a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary Alberta, going on to 15+ year career as an art director and concept artist for various studios including Electronic Arts, Microsoft, and Disney. He has worked on games such as Dragon Age Inquisition, Neverwinter Nights and Baldur’s Gate, and still works in game design on a contract basis, specializing in characters / costumes, and fantasy-historical environmental design.

His second art book: Designing Creatures and Characters: How to Build an Artist’s Portfolio for Video Games, Film, Animation and More was released in October of 2016.

Would you like to own an image from this blog?: We can make archival quality prints of (almost) any of the images on the site. If you see something you’d like on your walls, just contact us at: marc.taro(at) Open edition prints are selling in the $40-150 range, depending on size. Max dimensions 24 x 36″, shipped un-matted.

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Public Appearances: Due to an ongoing challenge with health matters in our family, I am no longer offering painting workshops. We find ourselves unable to commit to the time required for planning and travel.

However, I am available for guest lectures, demonstration paintings, or as a exhibition juror. I also write professionally on the topic of art education, with a focus on contemporary drawing and watercolor. If your organization has an interesting project, feel free to contact me at: marc.taro(at)


Note on Copyright: All artwork on is copyright Marc Taro Holmes. All photography copyright Laurel Anne Holmes. Unless otherwise credited and linked. We are happy to offer usage rights for our work at very reasonable rates. Feel free to contact me at: marc.taro(at)




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