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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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Creating Characters From Your Story’s Theme :: with Brian McDonald :: Paper Wings Show #28

Storytelling guru Brian McDonald joins us for another mind-blowing interview. In part one of this two-part interview, Brian discusses writing roadblocks, how theme creates character and why you have to send your characters to Hell…

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Interview With ‘Ender’s Game’ & ‘Spider-Man’ Concept Artist Robert Simons (Part 2) :: ArtCast #80

In part one of this interview, we learned how Robert Simons’ career in concept art began before he even graduated from art school. His designs for an indie sci-fi short called Project Arbiter demonstrated artistic maturity beyond that of the average nineteen-year-old artist and opened doors to the vfx industry. Now, in part two, Robert […]

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Interview With ‘Ender’s Game’ & ‘Spider-Man’ Concept Artist Robert Simons (Part 1) :: ArtCast #79

Whether you’re into concept art, illustration, character design, comics or storyboards, I’m constantly pushing you to create personal projects and pursue amazing collaborations. Why? The success of concept artist Robert Simons is why. Previously, on the ArtCast, I interviewed the director and composer of Project Arbiter – an indie sci-fi short film with a big-budget […]

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An Indie Sci-Fi Short Film With A Big-Budget Look: The Making Of ‘Project Arbiter’ :: ArtCast #78

For many visual storytellers, technology means “equality.” Equal tools, equal teams, equal attention. …a creative meritocracy where the Internet decides to reward only the best and most beloved work. Of course, the mythical future I’m describing isn’t significantly different from our present reality. Ideas like Webcomics, Podcasts, Patreon and Spotify have been erected from the rubble of the traditional publishing and […]

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Interview With Sarah Marino: Visual Development Artist For Nickelodeon & Reel FX (Part 2) :: ArtCast #77

In part one of this interview, Sarah Marino told the story of the struggle to find her calling as a professional artist and how she got her first animation job – not in the art department – but as a production assistant. In this episode Sarah talks about her success in both animation and kidlit, her new gig as a background painter and VisDev […]

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Interview With Sarah Marino: Visual Development Artist For Nickelodeon & Reel FX (Part 1) :: ArtCast #76

Two years ago, my friend and Oatley Academy colleague Sarah Marino appeared on what is, to date, the most frequently downloaded episode of The ArtCast: The Rising Stars Of Animation. Like every other guest on that show, Sarah has, as I predicted, gone on to great success. After wrapping as a visual development artist on The Book Of […]

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Interview With Pascal Campion (Part 2) :: ArtCast #75

“I can’t take ten steps without seeing something I want to paint or draw…” – Pascal Campion In part one of this interview, we learned about Pascal Campion’s early career and his development into a uniquely versatile professional artist. In this episode, Pascal manages to communicate to us how his creative mind actually works – which […]

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Interview With Pascal Campion (Part 1) :: ArtCast #74

What does a successful artist look like? Many of us define success by the size of our fan bases, the popularity of our best clients and the amount of money in our bank accounts. But very few of us would agree that these are the most valuable aspects of life as a professional artist. Nothing […]

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Why Your Concept Art Portfolio Is Being Ignored (Part 3) :: ArtCast #73

My friend Matt Kohr is a professional concept artist and the creator of the best digital painting tutorial site on the Internet. So it’s safe to say that he appreciates digital tools and flashy Photoshop tricks as much as anyone. But in the following interview, you’ll hear him say this: “I get a lot of […]

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Why Freelance Artists Fail :: ArtCast #72

“You need to be in constant communication with the client to the point that they expect… The worst thing is when someone doesn’t update you. It’s absolutely critical that you communicate with your clients.” – Sean Hodge Even the most successful freelance artists will tell you that bad clients and boring gigs are common roadblocks to a fulfilling […]

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