This post is from March 15, 2010. If you are looking for content related to the Oatley Academy feature in the April 2013 issue of ImagineFX, click here.
Imagine FX Interview January 2010: Chris Oatley ::
The article is short but unbelievably flattering. AND (shocking) they printed THREE of my paintings! I had a lot more to say about the inspiration behind the show and about the future of “Artists and The Web.” So here are the remaining pontifications. Enjoy.
Interviewer: Beren Neale
Could you take me through what you do on your site/podcast please?
My website began as a place to showcase my own art and to share my life with my friends across the country. However, it has evolved significantly since then. The site now supports my podcast ‘Chris Oatley’s ArtCast’ and a growing community of listeners, collaborators, internet pioneers and Twitter followers.
My show is the core of everything I do online. It features Digital Painting Tutorials and an audio journal about my life as an artist and writer living and working in LA. I often interview other entertainment industry artists. The goal is to inspire people. And to help us all cultivate our inherent creativity.
We just finished our first community character design assignment. I came up with the assignment and about a dozen people participated. I want to incite artistic growth with the creative challenges while those involved make connections with each other through activity. I’ll be posting the character design entries within the next couple of weeks.
When did the podcast/live cam part of the site start, and why?
I started the podcast right after I got my first big break at Disney. It was the result of a great convergence. I had heard about podcasting when Apple started promoting it heavily. Enamored with the freedom of podcasting and the tenacity of digital D.I.Y. culture, I started brainstorming.
I love teaching and podcasting gave me direct access to an international group of artists. With Disney on my resume, I felt that I finally had enough credibility to start building something. Now I think everyone should just dive in, regardless of social or professional rank.
The live broadcasts were created afterward to generate more real-time interaction with my ArtCast community.
Where on earth do you find the time to do all this as well as your day job, (could you give a brief idea of what you do away from the site please?) and what’s the payoff for you?
I have my day job as a Visual Development Artist at Disney. I also freelance as an animator and illustrator. I have developed a few pitches for animated TV series and I’m showing those to friends in the business. I am writing a top-secret project that will be announced in a few weeks. …and the size of my online footprint will more than double in 2010.
I honestly don’t know where I find the time for it all. My wife is amazing. She is both fire and water for me. My hobbies and profession are all integrated, so that makes it easier. I just stay very, very focused.
And anything you’d like to add…
I would just like to welcome anyone interested in what we’re doing online. Please, come join us on the creative playground that the web has become. Share your ideas and wins and losses. The internet is becoming a beautiful place.
I am of the belief that there are a number of responsibilities that come with being an artist and I think that being the first to step out and influence the culture for peace and truth is one of them. However we get there, that’s where I want to go.
Special Thanks to Journalist/ Interviewer Beren Neale for writing such an amazing article and for being a joy to work with.