21 Butt-Kicking Questions To Help You Stay Focused On Your Creative Dream

My friend Debbie has a big BUT. …and it has become a serious problem. Debbie is a creatively-unfulfilled (and slightly depressed) graphic designer. For years, I’ve challenged her to start searching for a new path to greater creative fulfillment by: Starting a personal project. Launching a creative side business. Developing new, professional relationships via social media. […]

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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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Our Creative Future Is At Risk: What “Net Neutrality” Means For Visual Storytellers

The Internet is the most accessible, affordable and inclusive media distribution platform in history. The freedom and equality it offers for creative people like you and me has inspired big dreams and new hope for our world, our families and for ourselves as creative people. Right now, that freedom and equality is being threatened by Comcast, […]

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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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“Story Science” With Louie del Carmen & Jim Zub: Live From Emerald City Comic Con

I was honored to support the Emerald City Comic Con this year by hosting a panel with seasoned storytellers Louie del Carmen and Jim Zub. Louie is a legendary storyboard artist with credits on Rise Of The Guardians, The Croods, Kung Fu Panda, Kim Possible and Invader Zim to name a few. Jim Zub is the creator of the Samurai Jack comic and his popular […]

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Troubleshooting Your Freelance Illustration Career :: ArtCast #71

“Art is  a system. I think  as you mature, it’s natural that if you start to pay attention to business, you’ll start to approach that systematically as well.” – Sean Hodge Conducting creative business on the Internet is a relentless test of endurance. The fight for attention in this crowded, noisy market is exhausting and often discouraging. […]

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‘Chris Oatley’s ArtCast’ Featured In iTunes! (Please Help Us Make The Most Of This Opportunity)

Chris Oatley’s ArtCast has accrued more than $200 in bandwidth overages in the past month. …but for a REALLY good reason. Our podcast is currently being featured in the “What’s Hot In Visual Arts” section in iTunes! It would be a amazing if you could help us ride this wave of success by taking ten […]

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The Fan Base Project: Will Your Personal Project Make Money? (Part 5)

This is part 5 of a 6-part series designed to help you decide which type of personal project you want to pursue and how you might make money from it when you do. We recommend reading the series in order: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 So far, we’ve discussed three types of personal project. […]

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Why Your Concept Art Portfolio Is Being Ignored (Part 2)

Craig Mullins, Iain McCaig and Neville Page got it all wrong… If you want to be a successful concept artist, don’t follow their example. It’s far too risky. If they knew anything about concept art, they would stop producing such ground-breaking/ mind-blowing/ industry-defining work and just stick to slight variations of the familiar… Of course, I’m […]

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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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Why Your Concept Art Portfolio Is Being Ignored (Part 1)

If I see one more green-tinted, over-textured digital painting of a wrecked spaceship I’m going to… …do absolutely nothing. I won’t tell any of my friends about it. I won’t share it online. …and I certainly won’t buy a book full of similar images. Not because I’ll hate it. …because it won’t make me feel […]

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5 Costly Mistakes That Will Stop You From Selling Your Art

You and I – and pretty much every professional artist in the history of the universe – understand how hard it is to make a living from original work… The pain comes in different ways: The disappointment of boxing up your books after a slow convention. The extended embarrassment of a failed crowdfunding campaign. The […]

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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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Top 10 Essential Concept Art Books: Part 1

My favorite concept art books have two things in common: 1.) The work inside is so inspiring that every time I open one of them, I’m overtaken by a wave of pure, tingling fandom. 2.) They each contain a unique revelation of the actual filmmaking (or game-making) process. By popular demand (and in no particular […]

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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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