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 Oatley Academy, we’re all focused on creating the most personal art education experience you can find online.
This lofty-yet-attainable goal has influenced every educational, creative and business decision we’ve made in the past year and we’re ready to tell the world about our plans…
In fact, I think this is probably the biggest announcement since we launched the first course.
To to hear about our big plans for 2014, read on…
New Teachers At Oatley Academy:
I’m honored to have a few dear friends (who also happen to be some of my favorite artists) join me in guiding the Oatley Academy students in the relentless pursuit of artistic mastery.
Reel FX Visual Development Artist Sarah Marino will begin teaching a personal-mentorship version of The Magic Box: Everything I Know About Digital Painting.
Marvel Animation Story Artist Justin Copeland will be launching Films On Paper in 2014 (read more about Justin’s course below).
Marvel Animation Character Designer/ Art Director Jeff Wamester will be teaching our yet-untitled character-driven anatomy course.
…and we’ll open more, small, intensely-focused versions of Painting Drama 1&2.
Our New Course: ‘Films On Paper’
With Justin Copeland: Story Artist for Marvel Animation
One of the defining qualities of a professional storyboard or concept artist is an endless supply of surprising, new ideas. Ironically, this inventive quality comes from history.
Marvel Story Artist Justin Copeland will help you master film language, elevate your visual storytelling and get you thinking like a director with this in-depth study of the greatest films of all time.
Storyboard artists, comics creators and concept artists are encouraged to apply.
*Auditions for ‘Films On Paper’ are now open.
Deadline is March 3, 2014.
Click here to submit your audition for ‘Films On Paper.’
The Magic Box Mentorship:
Sarah Marino: Our ‘Magic Box Mentor’
Digital painting is unlike any artistic medium in the history of visual storytelling. The various moods and effects you can create seem infinite. Animation Visual Development Artists Chris Oatley (Disney) and Sarah Marino (ReelFX) will teach you to paint detailed, lifelike human and animal characters, moody atmospheres, imaginary creatures and epic environments.
You can enroll in the self-guided course at any time but after two months, you’ll be eligible to apply for a personal “Magic Box Mentorship” course with Sarah!
Painting Drama 1 & 2:
Studios, publishers and fans all want the same thing: an immersive dramatic experience. If you’re not getting the good gigs or your fan base isn’t growing, it’s probably because your work is failing to connect emotionally with the audience.
Mastery of Composition and Color Theory is essential for creating an immersive, dramatic image. ‘Painting Drama’ has been described by many students as “life changing.” The proof, however is in the creative and professional breakthroughs most of the ‘PD1’ students experience. Concept artists, illustrators, storyboard artists and comics creators are encouraged to apply.
I will offer new sessions of Painting Drama 1 in Summer of 2014. Auditions begin in March.
The first session of Painting Drama 2 will begin in February. That session is already full.
Did You Say Auditions?
Details for the audition process for Painting Drama and Films On Paper will be released at a later time, but here are some important things to keep in mind…
- It’s not all about the art. Your portfolio is only one aspect of the audition process.
- We will continue to offer The Magic Box as an entirely self-guided course. You don’t have to do the mentorship part in order to complete the course.
- Painting Drama 1 will no longer be offered as a self-guided course. Painting Drama 1 & 2 will, from now on, only be offered in personal, instructor-led, small-sized groups.
I’m excited. Are you excited?
Any questions? Ideas?
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The Group Photo:
The group photo above was snapped as CTN-X 2013 wrapped last night. Justin and I are joined by a gaggle of Painting Drama students.
BACK ROW: Keith Zoo, Seth Rutledge MIDDLE ROW: Tommy Anderson, Justin Copeland, Kevin Scarborough, Me, Tegan Clancy, Matt Ashcraft FRONT ROW: Nic Gregory, Lauren Chaikin, Genny Wood, Lauren Scott, Blythe Russo, Mark Dufrene, Kim Miranda, Erica McCay, Lexie Holliday