Live Art Seminar and Demo at Marcas Gallery.

by ncwinters on January 26, 2016

Live workshop and demo!

I’ll be working and answering questions live and in person this coming Saturday at Marcas Gallery in Santa Ana, California. Sponsored by the good folks at Trekell Art Supplies, I’ll be answering any art-related questions proposed by the audience while working live on a new painting. In Marcas’ own words:

“Marcas and Trekell are pleased to welcome illustrator, N.C. Winters to start off the demonstration and seminar program of 2016. Recognized for his highly detailed pen and ink compositions, Winters has received widespread acclaim and is a vital source for those who aim to learn more about the illustration process. Winters will demonstrate pen, ink and acrylic techniques, as well as further discuss his career as an artist. Additionally he will open Q&A for the duration of the seminar. All attendees are encouraged to record their observations using a notebook or sketchbook during the seminar.”

There is no cost for the event, but space is limited, and an rsvp is required. Simply send an email to rsvp (at) and you can come and attend. Afterwards I’ll be working alongside several amazing artists, each working in his own medium. Other artists in attendance include Che Smith, Chris SooHooGraham CurranGustavo RimadaRamón HurtadoRichard J. Oliver. More info about the painting demo here. See the map below for parking options.

Should be a total blast, see you at the event!




New Art: “Concurrence.”

by ncwinters on May 14, 2015

Here’s a new one along with a bit of process.

This piece was started a few days ago in a quick nightly session that was “livecast” via my Instagram page. I call these little endeavors “first lines” sessions as I’ll usually start with the first few lines of graphite and then post every 10-15 minutes or so. One of these days I’ll actually get a timelapse video put together, but for now, this analog version will have to suffice.
Enjoy “Concurrence.”


step by step. (ooh baby)


Pen & ink, ink wash and acrylic on paper, varnished.
5.75″ x 8″ (2015)

To purchase this or other available artwork, please swing by the store.





Strata Upon Strata.

by ncwinters on January 22, 2014

Oh, this piece…

Finally, finally finished. A weird timeline behind this painting. Originally begun as a drawing months and months ago, it was left abandoned in “the stack” and sort of left for dead as it evolved too ambitiously beyond what I had the patience or interest to complete. It remained untouched until a longtime patron asked about it and got me interested again. The goal was to pursue more of a “quick tighten” to get it to a stage where I’d be satisfied selling it, unfinished. Full disclosure: the buyer was happy to take it in the state it was, half colored, half inked, half unfinished, but my meticulous nature couldn’t let it be. I did pick up interest in further experimenting with it, and finally got it to the state you see it now.

The conversation with the buyer sparked a fire in how I will tackle certain drawings this year. The chat, combined with an eye on what viewers seem to respond to with the greatest enthusiasm, all combined with how distracted I get when making art has cause me to try an experiment. I will be playing with leaving drawings slightly “unfinished” to let the bones and underlying tissues show when releasing some new pieces. I’m tempted to release these as “studies” but then, I think of everything that I make a “study” for the next thing I’ll make. Instead, these will be attempts at staying loose, and not overworking pieces into the ground. I love seeing the early process of the work of artists I like, and have heard others feel similar about my work. My goal will be to keep some drawings “open” with “room to breathe” and other “phrases in quotation marks.” We’ll see how it plays out.

Until then, enjoy “Strata Upon Strata.”


Strata Upon Strata
Pen & ink, ink wash & acrylic on watercolor paper, varnished.
10.75″ x 17″ (2014)

This painting is sold, but to purchase other available artwork, please swing by the store.