Concept Art & Illustration: Chris Oatley's Artcast

Sinopsis

A Disney Character Designer answers your questions about Concept Art, Character Design for Animation, Digital Painting & Illustration.

Episodios

  • The Best New Concept Art Books (2019 Edition) :: VSP #4

    The Best New Concept Art Books (2019 Edition) :: VSP #4

    20/12/2019

    Imagine you’re walking along a street in a big, busy city. Despite all the noise and movement, something shiny catches your eye. It’s a key. You pick it up and realize it’s the most unusual and ornate key you’ve ever seen. You take it home, toss it in a drawer and forget about it. …or […] The post The Best New Concept Art Books (2019 Edition) :: VSP #4 appeared first on ChrisOatley.com.

  • [Announcement] The Return Of ‘Painting Drama’  CTNX 2019!

    [Announcement] The Return Of ‘Painting Drama’ & CTNX 2019!

    20/11/2019

    In this short audio announcement, Chris Oatley shares updates on the return of his Composition & Color Theory course called Painting Drama and his appearances at CTN-X 2019! Click through to hear the announcement… http://traffic.libsyn.com/oatley/VSP03b-Announcement-PD2020-CTNX2019.mp3 [ download the mp3 ] [ subscribe ] *The gorgeous illustration at the top of this post is by Alex […] The post [Announcement] The Return Of ‘Painting Drama’ & CTNX 2019! appeared first on ChrisOatley.com.

  • 4 Ways Animation Artists Can Mentally Prepare For The Move To Los Angeles: With Natalie Nourigat :: VSP #3

    4 Ways Animation Artists Can Mentally Prepare For The Move To Los Angeles: With Natalie Nourigat :: VSP #3

    13/11/2019

    Disney Storyboard Artist and Director Natalie Nourigat describes her book I Moved To Los Angeles To Work In Animation as “part Autobio Comic and part ‘How-To’ guide.’” It’s hilarious, emotional, beautifully illustrated and I now consider it required reading for every aspiring Animation professional. Today, Natalie joins me for a lesson inspired by her book: 4 […] The post 4 Ways Animation Artists Can Mentally Prepare For The Move To Los Angeles: With Natalie Nourigat :: VSP #3 appeared first on ChrisOatley.com.

  • Character Design and The Illusion Of Life: With James Woods :: VSP #2

    Character Design and The Illusion Of Life: With James Woods :: VSP #2

    25/09/2019

    Is there more to you than what other people see? Character Design is a fundamental aspect of Visual Storytelling. …but there’s much more to Character Design than the visual aspects. Disney Visual Development Artist James Woods – best known for his Animation Character Design work on Mary Poppins Returns – joins me for today’s lesson: […] The post Character Design and The Illusion Of Life: With James Woods :: VSP #2 appeared first on ChrisOatley.com.

  • The Power Of Pictures: 4 Ways To Make Your Stories More Emotional :: VSP #1

    The Power Of Pictures: 4 Ways To Make Your Stories More Emotional :: VSP #1

    10/07/2019

    “Show, don’t tell.” It’s every Visual Storyteller’s mantra. …but it’s easier said than done. In today’s lesson, you’ll learn four ways to write – with pictures! …a practice that will help you solve existing Story problems, make a Story more powerful or get started on a new project! Brian McDonald – Visual Storytelling consultant for […] The post The Power Of Pictures: 4 Ways To Make Your Stories More Emotional :: VSP #1 appeared first on ChrisOatley.com.

  • [Announcement] The Future Of The ArtCast, Artistacon  Dream Machine!

    [Announcement] The Future Of The ArtCast, Artistacon & Dream Machine!

    13/03/2019

    Hello, my friends! Chris Oatley here with a few time-sensitive ArtCast Announcements! In this recording, I’ll provide updates on: Dream Machine my new Social Media course for Artists. My upcoming presentation at Artistacon 2019 (plus a discount code). …and what to expect as we begin re-branding The ArtCast! Here we go! Listen To The Announcement: […] The post [Announcement] The Future Of The ArtCast, Artistacon & Dream Machine! appeared first on ChrisOatley.com.

  • 11 Social Media Habits That Hurt Your Art Career (And How To Break Them) :: ArtCast #115

    11 Social Media Habits That Hurt Your Art Career (And How To Break Them) :: ArtCast #115

    19/02/2019

    These days, whenever I ask my industry colleagues where they’re finding work, the answer is almost always one of two things: Industry connections or Social Media. …but, despite the proliferation of Social Media success stories within the Entertainment Industries, many of us are still afraid of Social Media. …and if we’re not afraid, we’re often […] The post 11 Social Media Habits That Hurt Your Art Career (And How To Break Them) :: ArtCast #115 appeared first on ChrisOatley.com.

  • 4 Keys To A Long and Healthy Illustration Career :: ArtCast #114

    4 Keys To A Long and Healthy Illustration Career :: ArtCast #114

    01/01/2019

    How long did it take you to learn the “Happy Birthday” song? …and how long would it take you to learn to sing a pitch-perfect, note-for-note, Broadway power ballad? Years, right? Because style takes time. …and how many wrong notes would you produce in private before you gained the confidence to perform live? Millions. Process […] The post 4 Keys To A Long and Healthy Illustration Career :: ArtCast #114 appeared first on ChrisOatley.com.

  • The Lost HERstory Of Disney Animation :: ArtCast #113

    The Lost HERstory Of Disney Animation :: ArtCast #113

    26/09/2018

    When author Mindy Johnson set out to write a book about of the history (or as Mindy says, the “HERstory”) of Walt Disney‘s definitively female “Ink & Paint” Department, she began her research in the most obvious place: The Disney Archives. I’ve been to the Disney Archives several times. It’s the epicenter of animation history […] The post The Lost HERstory Of Disney Animation :: ArtCast #113 appeared first on ChrisOatley.com.

  • Theme Parks Concept Artist Chris Bradley On Building A Dream Career :: ArtCast #112

    Theme Parks Concept Artist Chris Bradley On Building A Dream Career :: ArtCast #112

    19/09/2018

    How would you prepare for a career in a mysterious industry like Theme Park Design where information about job requirements and current projects are almost impossible to find? …and what would you do if you were stuck in a desert (literal and creative) with little more than a stack of comics, a Disney Imagineering book […] The post Theme Parks Concept Artist Chris Bradley On Building A Dream Career :: ArtCast #112 appeared first on ChrisOatley.com.

  • Disney Toy Designer Zach Gracia On Why You Probably Haven’t Failed Enough (Part 2) :: ArtCast #111

    Disney Toy Designer Zach Gracia On Why You Probably Haven’t Failed Enough (Part 2) :: ArtCast #111

    24/07/2018

    Disney Toy Designer Zach Gracia continues his story today on The Oatley Academy ArtCast! In part one of this series, Zach told the story of how he challenged his family’s expectations to pursue an artistic career, struggled through art school and avoided debt by working multiple jobs (including some uncomfortable internships). …and when he finally […] The post Disney Toy Designer Zach Gracia On Why You Probably Haven’t Failed Enough (Part 2) :: ArtCast #111 appeared first on ChrisOatley.com.

  • Disney Toy Designer Zach Gracia On Why You Probably Haven’t Failed Enough :: ArtCast #110

    Disney Toy Designer Zach Gracia On Why You Probably Haven’t Failed Enough :: ArtCast #110

    27/06/2018

    What would you do if you struggled for seven years to finally get an interview for your dream job at Disney… …and then completely blew it? Would you give up? …create a “Plan B”? What if you had already tried “Plan B”? …or would you hold onto hope for a second chance, humble yourself and […] The post Disney Toy Designer Zach Gracia On Why You Probably Haven’t Failed Enough :: ArtCast #110 appeared first on ChrisOatley.com.

  • How To Fail Like A Professional Artist (…and Find Inspiration In The Process) :: ArtCast #109

    How To Fail Like A Professional Artist (…and Find Inspiration In The Process) :: ArtCast #109

    23/05/2018

    So you trashed your last project and started over… …and then again. …and then again. …is that because you just aren’t meant to be an artist? …or is it simply because you’re ambitious? So you spent your weekend sleeping instead of drawing… Is that lazy? …or healthy? Are you blocked? …or just solving the wrong […] The post How To Fail Like A Professional Artist (…and Find Inspiration In The Process) :: ArtCast #109 appeared first on ChrisOatley.com.

  • Visual Development Mythbusting :: ArtCast #108

    Visual Development Mythbusting :: ArtCast #108

    14/02/2018

    What is the difference between drawing and design? When working for a studio, does your personal aesthetic matter? Are you thoroughly exploring your story ideas or are you stopping too soon? What do Pixar’s Coco and The Shining have in common? And how can you get out of your own head and bring more freedom […] The post Visual Development Mythbusting :: ArtCast #108 appeared first on ChrisOatley.com.

  • How Distractions Help You Become A More Focused Artist (With Life Drawing Expert Stan Prokopenko) :: ArtCast #107

    How Distractions Help You Become A More Focused Artist (With Life Drawing Expert Stan Prokopenko) :: ArtCast #107

    16/01/2018

    Can distractions help you become a more focused artist? Why does speed seem like such a waste of time? Do you draw in “The Beginner Style?” …and how can you avoid the most common drawing mistakes? Life Drawing Expert Stan Prokopenko joins me today on The Oatley Academy ArtCast… Listen To The Episode: [ download […] The post How Distractions Help You Become A More Focused Artist (With Life Drawing Expert Stan Prokopenko) :: ArtCast #107 appeared first on ChrisOatley.com.

  • Books That Will Change Your Creative Process (Best Of 2017) :: ArtCast #106

    Books That Will Change Your Creative Process (Best Of 2017) :: ArtCast #106

    20/12/2017

    The term “Concept Art,” brings to mind a specific kind of imagery. …but isn’t that a problem…? What if the struggle of learning Perspective Drawing simply isn’t worth it…? How can an animated TV show be deeply autobiographical for it’s creator and still have huge, mainstream appeal? Maybe what other people think of your art matters less […] The post Books That Will Change Your Creative Process (Best Of 2017) :: ArtCast #106 appeared first on ChrisOatley.com.

  • How To Promote Your Picture Book with Jake Parker :: Stories Unbound #20

    How To Promote Your Picture Book with Jake Parker :: Stories Unbound #20

    13/07/2017

    In today’s conversation with Jake Parker (Author/ Illustrator of Little Bot and Sparrow, Creator of Inktober) we discuss different ideas for promoting your picture book: When should you start growing an audience? (Sooner than you think!) Why trust is essential for growing an audience. Should your project have its own website? The importance of school visits. …and […] The post How To Promote Your Picture Book with Jake Parker :: Stories Unbound #20 appeared first on ChrisOatley.com.

  • Creative Bravery: Why Animation Pros Sarah Marino and Jenn Ely Thrive In A Challenging Industry :: ArtCast #102

    Creative Bravery: Why Animation Pros Sarah Marino and Jenn Ely Thrive In A Challenging Industry :: ArtCast #102

    12/07/2017

    This month, Sarah Marino (Color Supervisor at Nickelodeon), Jenn Ely (Production Designer for House Special, Visual Development Artist for Dreamworks) and I are teaching a new online workshop called First Flight: How To Create Your New Career In Visual Development. I invited them both to join me here on The ArtCast to promote First Flight and talk about how they achieved such significant success in their animation careers… Episode Highlights […] The post Creative Bravery: Why Animation Pros Sarah Marino and Jenn Ely Thrive In A Challenging Industry :: ArtCast #102 appeared first on ChrisOatley.com.

  • Interview with Animation Art Director Ryan Carlson (Part 2) :: ArtCast #101

    Interview with Animation Art Director Ryan Carlson (Part 2) :: ArtCast #101

    07/06/2017

    In the previous episode, we met Ryan Carlson – my Disney mentor and the person without whom The Oatley Academy may never have happened… Now in part two, Ryan talks about: Working on The Iron Giant and what he learned from Brad Bird. His advancement from Assistant Effects Animator to Art Director. How to lead […] The post Interview with Animation Art Director Ryan Carlson (Part 2) :: ArtCast #101 appeared first on ChrisOatley.com.

  • Interview with Animation Art Director Ryan Carlson (Part 1) :: ArtCast #100

    Interview with Animation Art Director Ryan Carlson (Part 1) :: ArtCast #100

    31/05/2017

    In many ways, I owe my career to  Ryan Carlson. He played a key role in giving me my first break at Disney, taught me more about painting than any other individual and he, more than anyone for whom I’ve worked, has intentionally helped to advance my career. …and considering that The ArtCast probably wouldn’t […] The post Interview with Animation Art Director Ryan Carlson (Part 1) :: ArtCast #100 appeared first on ChrisOatley.com.

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