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Montreal artist, Marc Taro Holmes is the author of three books on art-making.

Most recently, Direct Watercolor (2018), a collection of the very best work from the previous five years on this blog. His first book The Urban Sketcher: Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location (2014), remains popular among traveling sketchers and journal-keepers and has spun off online course with Marc’s middle project, Designing Creatures and Characters: How to Build and Artist’s Portfolio for Video Games, Film, Animation and More (2016), is a hands-on workbook based on his 15+ years as an art director and concept artist in entertainment media.

Behind the scenes, Marc has been a correspondent and volunteer art instructor with, and, served as a board member and volunteer editor from 2009-2016. He 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), and most recently, being juried into an exhibition-exchange with the Société Française de l’Aquarelle. (2018).

Marc graduated in 1995 with a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary Alberta, and has worked for studios including Electronic Arts, Microsoft, and Disney.

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Note on Copyright: All artwork on is copyright Marc Taro Holmes. All photography copyright Laurel Anne Holmes. (Unless otherwise credited and linked).


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