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Interview With Armand Serrano (Part 1) :: ArtCast #90

Armand Serrano‘s inventive compositions, visceral line work and story-rich environment designs have made him a living legend in the animation industry. Join us today as we discuss the start of his long road to success in the animation industry which led to the creation of his trend-setting work on Mulan, Tarzan, Lilo & Stitch, Surf’s Up and Big Hero 6… *The comments section has moved! Please […]

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PREVIEW OUR NEW SHOW! Escape From Art Jail #5: Designing An Adaptive Portfolio For Conventions & Recruiting Events

Many artists are under the misconception that “the portfolio” is a fixed, finishable thing… This misconception can be particularly restrictive at conventions, job fairs and other recruiting events where you get frequent feedback from industry pros. In this episode we share a strategy that will help you design a physical portfolio that can adapt to the feedback […]

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Interview With Jason Brubaker: DreamWorks Visual Development Artist and Creator Of “reMIND” (Part 3) :: Paper Wings Show #34

In the first two parts of this interview, Jason Brubaker told us the story of his unexpected success at DreamWorks Animation and provided fresh perspective on the power of persistence. Now, in part three, we discuss his career-defining graphic novel reMIND, his record-breaking Kickstarter campaigns and the broad appeal of deeply personal work… Reminder: The comments section has moved! Please join us on The Oatley Academy website to comment on this episode!

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Interview With Jason Brubaker: DreamWorks Visual Development Artist and Creator Of “reMIND” (Part 2) :: ArtCast #89

In part one of this interview, my good friend Jason Brubaker and I discussed his first big break, midlife crises, the brevity of life and the desire to create work with meaning. Now, in part 2, he tells the story of his unexpected success at DreamWorks Animation and provides fresh perspective on the power of persistence. Reminder: The comments section has moved! Please join us on The […]

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Interview With Jason Brubaker: DreamWorks Visual Development Artist and Creator Of “reMIND” (Part 1) :: ArtCast #88

My friend Jason Brubaker has achieved impressive success in both the mainstream entertainment industry and as an independent creator. He held a coveted Visual Development position at DreamWorks Feature Animation, broke Kickstarter records with his original graphic novel reMIND and now makes his living entirely from personal projects. In this episode, Jason and I discuss his first big break, midlife crises, the […]

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Interview With Claire Keane :: Paper Wings Show #33

Claire Keane is a brilliant illustrator and visual development artist, who has helped to develop numerous immersive worlds, including Tangled and Duet. After leaving Disney, she released her first illustrated children’s book: Once Upon A Cloud. It’s a beautifully rendered, heartwarming story about family and following your dreams. Join us today as we discuss humanizing your fictional characters, the versatile power of line, leaving […]

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Interview With Eric Canete: Animation Storyboard Artist & Co-Creator of “Run Love Kill” (Image Comics) :: Paper Wings Show #32

Eric Canete‘s unique drawing style demonstrates layer upon layer of artistic mastery: Anatomy, character, caricature, composition, storytelling… After 20+ years of trend-setting work in story, games and comics, his style is as distinct and intense as ever. So you might find it hard to believe that such beautiful work was once rejected by industry gatekeepers. In […]

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Interview With Character Designer Justin Rodrigues (Part 2) :: ArtCast #87

In part one, Justin Rodrigues shared healthy ways to deal with rejection and how his character design style combines 2d and 3d sensibilities. Now, in part two, he talks about how the internal and external aspects of a character inform his designs, why ‘personal style’ can be a problem and the most important question an aspiring character […]

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Interview With Character Designer Justin Rodrigues (Part 1) :: ArtCast #86

Justin Rodrigues is a good friend and one of my favorite current artists. In this episode, we discuss the most productive way to respond to rejection and how his character design style blends 2D sensibility with 3D structure. After Justin’s interview, Spanish concept artist Juan Francisco Bautista Zambrana shares the story of a recent career breakthrough and […]

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Interview With Loish :: ArtCast #85

Lois van Baarle aka “Loish” has designed a successful illustration career almost entirely on her own terms. Now she gets paid to draw and paint the images and ideas she loves most. In this interview, recorded live at a coffee shop in Amsterdam, we discuss how she got started, discovered her unique personal style and […]

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From Self-Publishing to Scholastic: An Interview With Jimmy Gownley :: Paper Wings Show #30

Since he was 15 years old, Jimmy Gownley has never stopped breaking the rules of self-publishing. He went from selling self-published comics in the hallways of his high school to huge publishing deals with both Simon & Schuster AND Scholastic. Join us as Jimmy shares what it took to break in with the big publishers. And don’t miss the interview with […]

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The Winding Road To Laika: An Interview With Jenn Ely (Part 2) :: ArtCast #84

In part one of this interview, Jenn Ely regaled us with tales of alligators, emu burgers and art school… …and just as one of Jenn’s fellow undergrads dove into a giant cupcake for her senior exhibit, so we dove into a passionate discussion about art education. Now, in part two, Jenn talks about her time at The Savannah […]

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The Winding Road To Laika: An Interview With Jenn Ely (Part 1) :: ArtCast #83

Like the design of the world of The BoxTrolls, Jenn Ely‘s life is full of quirky twists and turns. Her wonderfully bizarre childhood involved multiple encounters with emus and alligators. …and at an art school where students were jumping into giant cupcakes she had to find and fight for her identity as a commercial artist. […]

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Interview With Adam Westbrook, Creator Of The ‘Delve Video Essays’ (Part 2) :: ArtCast #82

In part one of this interview, Adam Westbrook told the story of how he left his career as a radio journalist, moved from England to Paris and created Delve.tv… …an ongoing series of short, snappy documentaries that challenge creative people to deepen their understanding of craft and culture. Now, in part two, we’ll talk about […]

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Interview With Adam Westbrook, Creator Of The ‘Delve Video Essays’ (Part 1) :: ArtCast #81

Leonardo Da Vinci was a LOSER. This radical proposition was so intriguing, I had no choice but to click “Play.” What followed was a brilliant video about the nature of artistic mastery and how the digital culture is actually making it more difficult to pursue. With the authenticity of Ken Burns and the roguish efficiency […]

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Creating Characters From Your Story’s Theme (Part 2) :: with Brian McDonald :: Paper Wings Show #29

Jedi master Brian McDonald is back with more revelatory perspectives that will challenge the way we think about visual storytelling. In part one, Brian showed us how theme creates character and character creates theme. Now, in part two, we discuss when to stop dreaming and start writing, how success can kill creativity, why style isn’t always a good thing, and […]

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