Chris Oatley’s ArtCast: Episode Archive:

Dear, JJ Abrams: How An Animated ‘Star Wars’ Fan Film Renewed Hope For The Franchise :: ArtCast #70

“Find something that’s big. Find a big, cultural phenomenon and say something about it in a beautiful way. I think that’s part of the reason for [our film's] success.” -Prescott Harvey Soon after Disney announced that JJ Abrams would direct the next Star Wars trilogy, the clever creatives at Sincerely Truman responded with a beautifully-directed film called 4 […]

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Top 10 Essential Concept Art Books: Part 2

This is part two in a series about my top 10 favorite concept art books (in no particular order). In part one, I explained that, to make the top 10, these books had to meet two criteria. I won’t repeat myself here except to say that they all possess both inspirational and educational qualities. I know […]

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Creating A Professional Storyboard Portfolio :: Paper Wings Show #27

Paper Wings is back! Marvel Animation storyboard artist Justin Copeland joins the team as the newest co-host of the Paper Wings Show. In this podcast episode, Justin explains the necessary steps to creating a professional storyboard portfolio and responds to some great listener questions. Lora‘s “Lofty Thought” segment offers a healthier way to compare your work to others […]

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Breaking In At Riot Games & How To Get A Concept Artist Internship: Interview With Chris Campbell :: ArtCast #69

“If there’s truth behind the art, it will resonate.” -Chris Campbell Most professional artists have been drawing since they first picked up a crayon. As a kid, Chris Campbell drew the occasional doodle but he never took his art seriously. …not until his late twenties, anyway. Abandoning his career as a journalist, Chris enrolled in […]

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Ongoing Crowdfunding For Artists: Interview With The Team From Patreon.com :: ArtCast #68

Making a living as an artist has never been easy but Patreon will be, for many of you, a total financial game-changer. Jack Conte and Tyler Palmer join me for an empowering conversation about their innovative new approach to crowdfunding for artists…

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Interview With Wouter Tulp – Illustrator, Character Designer & Caricature Artist: ArtCast #67

“I have to be really honest with myself and I have to be open to my own critique. One rule that I live by is that when I see that my work can be better, I have to make it better.” -Wouter Tulp Wouter Tulp is one of the most truly versatile artists I’ve ever […]

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Are You Good Enough? Tough Truths For True Artists: With Will Terry :: ArtCast #66

I’m going to ask you a question and I need you to be honest with me… Don’t hold back. Whatever the answer is, I can take it… Am I good enough? Do I have what it takes to succeed as a professional artist? Artists ask me this all the time. …and not just young, aspiring […]

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The Death Of Freelance Illustration, Passion Projects & Why We Quit Our Dream Jobs :: ArtCast #65

Why is freelance illustration so painful? …because we’ve never had much of a choice. …until now. A few months ago, epic illustrator Noah Bradley and I teamed up for a live podcast + Q&A called “There Are Easier Ways To Become A Professional Artist” which, fortunately, inspired many artists to question the status quo in […]

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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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Interview With Character Designer Brett “2D Bean” :: ArtCast #62

“It’s tough. You have to have to relax a little bit. You have to kind of let yourself wander and play a bit. …but then you have to have a purpose for the character.” -Brett Bean At age 10, Brett “2D Bean” wanted to be a rock drummer but his Mom told him to become […]

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Characters & Competition: Interview With Animation Legends John Pomeroy & Tom Bancroft (Part 1) :: ArtCast #61

You could power the entire Walt Disney World Resort with the passion that was captured in this podcast episode. My plan for this episode was simple: Get these two living legends in a room and press RECORD. And that’s all I had to do… John Pomeroy started animating at Disney just a few years after Walt died.  He […]

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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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The Rising Stars Of Animation: Betsy Bauer, Elsa Chang, Jessie Greenberg, Natalie Hall, Sarah Marino & Isaac Orloff: ArtCast #59

I always say that the two secrets to success in animation are “Do great work and be great to work with.” Sometimes, artists just get mad when I say that. But more often, they ask thoughtful follow-up questions. …questions like “How, if I’m not already working in the industry, do I prove that I’m great to […]

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Become A More Confident Painter and Tricks With The Lasso Tool :: ArtCast #57.2

This is PART 2 of a 2-part Digital Painting Tutorial Series. The series features a time-lapse recording of the entire painting process which took a total of about 6.5 hours in real-time. Concepts Covered In Part 2: Combine the Gradient Tool & Lasso Tool in Photoshop for time-saving digital painting techniques. Feathering/ Sharpening effects with […]

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Artistic Growth Is NOT A Goal & How To Become An Early Riser :: ArtCast #58

In This ArtCast :: 5 Tips to make the new year productive and creatively fulfilling. New Year’s resolutions I DON’T recommend. What art & religion have in common. How to learn to love early mornings. PLUS: Music by Good Old War! Artistic growth is NOT a goal. But a full sketchbook is… -Tweet This Quote […]

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Perfecting Your Drawing With Photoshop Warp and Merging Different Styles! :: ArtCast #57.1

This is part 1 of a 2-part Digital Painting Tutorial Series. My friend, Dani Jones honored me with the opportunity to do a Pin-Up for the first, collected print edition of her webcomic ‘My Sister, The Freak.’ This tutorial series features a time-lapse recording of the entire painting process which took a total of about 6.5 hours in […]

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