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Find My Article “15 Ways To Survive Your Dream Job In Animation” In This Month’s ImagineFX!

I wrote a 6-page spread for the October issue of ImagineFX Magazine featuring 15 tips to save your animation career before it starts. A Few Of The Topics I Covered: Adapting to different styles. Showcase your strengths/ Hide your weaknesses. Patience. Laziness. Building trust. “Tradigital” Techniques. Negotiating a fair rate. The new issue (#113) also features articles […]

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Artists: Today Is The Deadline To Speak Out For Internet Equality

A few weeks ago I did my best to explain a complicated (but pressing) issue known as “Net Neutrality.” Basically, it’s a real-life version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit and it could negatively affect artists and audiences worldwide. Today, the FCC (the folks who decide whether to give independent creators equal treatment online) is closing itself off to public comment […]

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Our Creative Future Is At Risk: What “Net Neutrality” Means For Visual Storytellers

The Internet is the most accessible, affordable and inclusive media distribution platform in history. The freedom and equality it offers for creative people like you and me has inspired big dreams and new hope for our world, our families and for ourselves as creative people. Right now, that freedom and equality is being threatened by Comcast, […]

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‘Chris Oatley’s ArtCast’ Featured In iTunes! (Please Help Us Make The Most Of This Opportunity)

Chris Oatley’s ArtCast has accrued more than $200 in bandwidth overages in the past month. …but for a REALLY good reason. Our podcast is currently being featured in the “What’s Hot In Visual Arts” section in iTunes! It would be a amazing if you could help us ride this wave of success by taking ten […]

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Oatley Academy Announces New Teachers and Courses At CTN-X!

I’m buzzing with excitement as everyone arrives in Burbank for The CTN Animation Expo (CTN-X) this weekend. I’ll get to hang out with a bunch of OA students I’ve never met before, reconnect with the many students I’ve met over past year and a half, and catch up with all my colleagues from the animation industry. At The […]

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Health Insurance For Artists: ObamaCare & Beyond

For many artists, health insurance is an unimaginable luxury. Some of you are covered by your employer and some of you have a spouse, domestic partner or parent whose coverage extends to you. …but many professional artists I know are completely uninsured. By  January 1st, 2014, the Affordable Care Act – colloquially referred to as “Obamacare” – will […]

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Should Digital Painters Upgrade To Photoshop CC? Guest: Matt Kohr of Ctrl+Paint :: ArtCast #64

Adobe Photoshop is the standard digital painting software in the animation, games and publishing industries. In most studios, big or small, digital painting in Photoshop is considered a basic, entry-level skill for concept artists. If you’re a professional digital painter of any specialty, it is very likely that you use Photoshop for digital painting. Needless […]

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There Are Easier Ways To Become A Professional Artist: Live Q&A With Noah Bradley :: ArtCast #60

It’s never been easy to become a professional artist, but most young artists make it way more difficult on themselves than it has to be. Yesterday, I was a guest on Noah Bradley‘s Livestream and we covered what seemed like every hot topic that professional and pre-professional artists are facing today. Is a traditional, brick-and-mortar […]

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When Jobs In The Animation Industry Disappear…

Anyone who has worked in the animation industry knows that layoffs and studio closures are just standard occupational hazards. …but times are especially tough right now. 350 employees at Dreamworks Animation were recently recently laid-off and the creature effects powerhouse, Rhythm & Hues just filed for bankruptcy. …and let’s not forget that Digital Domain’s brand new feature animation studio in Florida was shut down […]

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‘ImagineFX’ Features Oatley Academy + New Digital Painting Course!

This morning, my friends at ImagineFX Magazine got me all choked up. As many of you have now seen and read, ImagineFX interviewed me about The Oatley Academy for Issue #94 (March/April 2013). The article is really encouraging. …and humbling. The issue has already hit shelves in the UK and will be available in the […]

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The Making Of ‘Paperman’ and The Future Of Disney Animation

Last week, Disney released Paperman, the new CG/2D hybrid short film, on YouTube and it already has about 14 million views. Shortly after it went viral, the industry honored Paperman with the Annie Award for best short film. The response at the Annecy Animation Festival was also inspiringly positive. The director recently confirmed that Disney is pursuing the Paperman process further. Could the Paperman process be a picture of the […]

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‘Ink Spots’ by Brian McDonald Now Available!

You don’t have to listen to The Paper Wings Podcast for very long before you realize that storytelling guru Brian McDonald is one of our greatest heroes. He just released a new book called Ink Spots – a compilation of essays from his ‘Invisible Ink’ Blog. It is just as inspiring and challenging as his first two books on storytelling: Invisible Ink and The Golden […]

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What Are YOU Up To, Wingerz?

During our time off, several of you asked that we keep the community active by giving you a place to share what you’ve been working on, thinking about, struggling with, excited about… So here we go! Leave a comment and share any of the above. Links to your work and blogs are welcome!

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Disney’s ‘Pixie Hollow Games’ Visual Development Painting: Rumble

This was the first Visual Development painting that I did for ‘Pixie Hollow Games’ (line art by Ritsuko Notani; art direction by Fred Warter). This is an early piece of “Rumble” concept art. Rumble is Glimmer‘s partner on the storm team and the antagonist of the story.  He’s not really a villain but it was […]

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Disney’s ‘Pixie Hollow Games’ Visual Development Painting: Glimmer

In May of 2010, I was promoted to Character Visual Development Artist as I joined the crew of ‘Pixie Hollow Games.’ Suddenly, I went from designing props and tertiary background characters to designing brand new principal characters.  …a rare and precious opportunity. My favorite of all the new characters we created for ‘Pixie Hollow Games’ […]

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Disney Portfolio Reviews & Character Design Panel at CTN-X

CTN-X 2011 is almost here! Character Design Round Table: I will be joining three incredible artists for a Character Design round table discussion on Saturday morning from 10am-12pm in Parlor 131. Here’s the description from the CTN: The top 5 portfolios have been pre-selected to be critiqued live by the best character design eyes in […]

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