The Oatley Academy ArtCast
By Chris Oatley
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Disney Artist Chris Oatley helps you develop a successful career in Visual Storytelling with Tutorials and Expert Interviews on Concept Art, Animation Visual Development, Character Design, Storyboarding, Comics, Children's Books and Screenwriting.
||Clean4 Keys To A Long and Healthy Illustration Career :: ArtCast #114||How long did it take you to learn the “Happy Birthday” song? …and how long would it take you to learn to sing a pitch-perfect, note-for-note, Broadway power ballad? Years, right? Because style takes time. …and how many wrong notes would you p||12/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||CleanVideo3 Lessons For Writing Timeless Stories :: “Toy Story” Edition||What makes Toy Story a timeless classic? In this short video tutorial, I share three lessons to help you create stories that resonate – to infinity and beyond. [ download the video ] [ download the transcript ] Lesson 1: The Premise Is Universal Al||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Lost HERstory Of Disney Animation :: ArtCast #113||When author Mindy Johnson set out to write a book about of the history (or as Mindy says, the “HERstory”) of Walt Disney‘s definitively female “Ink & Paint” Department, she began her research in the most obvious place: The Disney Archives. I||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTheme Parks Concept Artist Chris Bradley On Building A Dream Career :: ArtCast #112||How would you prepare for a career in a mysterious industry like Theme Park Design where information about job requirements and current projects are almost impossible to find? …and what would you do if you were stuck in a desert (literal and creative||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDisney Toy Designer Zach Gracia On Why You Probably Haven’t Failed Enough (Part 2) :: ArtCast #111||Disney Toy Designer Zach Gracia continues his story today on The Oatley Academy ArtCast! In part one of this series, Zach told the story of how he challenged his family’s expectations to pursue an artistic career, struggled through art school and avo||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDisney Toy Designer Zach Gracia On Why You Probably Haven’t Failed Enough :: ArtCast #110||What would you do if you struggled for seven years to finally get an interview for your dream job at Disney… …and then completely blew it? Would you give up? …create a “Plan B”? What if you had already tried “Plan B”? …or would yo||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Fail Like A Professional Artist (…and Find Inspiration In The Process) :: ArtCast #109||So you trashed your last project and started over… …and then again. …and then again. …is that because you just aren’t meant to be an artist? …or is it simply because you’re ambitious? So you spent your weekend sleeping instead of||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVisual Development Mythbusting :: ArtCast #108||What is the difference between drawing and design? When working for a studio, does your personal aesthetic matter? Are you thoroughly exploring your story ideas or are you stopping too soon? What do Pixar’s Coco and The Shining have in common? And ho||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Distractions Help You Become A More Focused Artist (With Life Drawing Expert Stan Prokopenko) :: ArtCast #107||Can distractions help you become a more focused artist? Why does speed seem like such a waste of time? Do you draw in “The Beginner Style?” …and how can you avoid the most common drawing mistakes? Life Drawing Expert Stan Prokopenko joins me toda||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBooks That Will Change Your Creative Process (Best Of 2017) :: ArtCast #106||The term “Concept Art,” brings to mind a specific kind of imagery. …but isn’t that a problem…? What if the struggle of learning Perspective Drawing simply isn’t worth it…? How can an animated TV show be deeply au||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Promote Your Picture Book with Jake Parker :: Stories Unbound #20||In today’s conversation with Jake Parker (Author/ Illustrator of Little Bot and Sparrow, Creator of Inktober) we discuss different ideas for promoting your picture book: When should you start growing an audience? (Sooner than you think!) Why trust i||7/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCreative Bravery: Why Animation Pros Sarah Marino and Jenn Ely Thrive In A Challenging Industry :: ArtCast #102||This month, Sarah Marino (Color Supervisor at Nickelodeon), Jenn Ely (Production Designer for House Special, Visual Development Artist for Dreamworks) and I are teaching a new online workshop called First Flight: How To Create Your New Career||7/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with Animation Art Director Ryan Carlson (Part 2) :: ArtCast #101||In the previous episode, we met Ryan Carlson – my Disney mentor and the person without whom The Oatley Academy may never have happened… Now in part two, Ryan talks about: Working on The Iron Giant and what he learned from Brad Bird. His advan||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with Animation Art Director Ryan Carlson (Part 1) :: ArtCast #100||In many ways, I owe my career to Ryan Carlson. He played a key role in giving me my first break at Disney, taught me more about painting than any other individual and he, more than anyone for whom I’ve worked, has intentionally helped to advance m||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with Animation Layout & Visual Development Artist, John Nevarez (Part 2) :: ArtCast #99||In part one of our interview, John Nevarez (Sony, Illumination, Pixar, Disney) gave us a masterclass in gesture drawing technique. Now, in part two, John talks about: What that first day at Pixar is really like, Sneaky ways to get your work noticed, An||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with Animation Layout & Visual Development Artist, John Nevarez (Part 1) :: ArtCast #98||John Nevarez approaches his art and his relationships the same way. Whether he encounters a new, blank page or a new person, John sees the opportunity to freely explore new and inspiring ideas. The whimsical energy in his sketches combined with his de||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with Scholastic Editor Orli Zuravicky :: Stories Unbound #19||Orli Zuravicky is a Senior Editor at Scholastic and the author of the forthcoming Happily Ever Afterlife middle grade novel series. In this interview we talk about: How an Editor chooses an Illustrator. How to approach an Editor at a conference. How be||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with Creature Designer & Fantasy Illustrator Brynn Metheney (Part 2) :: ArtCast #97||In part one of our interview with Brynn Metheney, we talked about her childhood in the desert, how her father’s job as an engineer helped her understand creature design, and how she makes her animals feel so real… In part two, Brynn shares some nit||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with Creature Designer & Fantasy Illustrator Brynn Metheney (Part 1) :: ArtCast #96||Brynn Metheney puts the “dragons” in Dungeons & Dragons. While many of her animals come from imaginary worlds, they look like they could exist in this one… In part one of our interview, we talk about Brynn’s childhood in the desert, how h||3/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with Literary Agent Jennifer March Soloway (Part 2) :: Stories Unbound #18||In part one, we talked about query letters and how to submit your work to an agent with Jennifer March Soloway, Associate Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Today in part two we talk about: Beginning writer? Learn more on how to get started! What||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with ‘Korra’ and ‘Dreamworks’ Artist, Frederic William Stewart :: ArtCast #95||If Radiohead was a painter they’d be Frederic William Stewart. Fred’s experimental mark-making is simultaneously raw but refined, deliberately spontaneous, visceral and inviting. He was the first Background Painter on Nickelodeon’s epic animated||2/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with Literary Agent Jennifer March Soloway (Part 1) :: Stories Unbound #17||Jennifer March Soloway is an Associate Agent at the reputable Andrea Brown Literary Agency. In this interview: How to pitch your story to an Agent. What’s a query letter? …and how to write one. Why it’s important to keep revising, rewriting and r||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIndie Vs Traditional Publishing with ‘Part Of My Heart’ Author Mike Sundy :: Stories Unbound #16||For Children’s Book creators, it has never been easier to Self-Publish… But is Independent Publishing the best way? In today’s episode, Mike Sundy, former Pixar crew member and best-selling Children’s Book author talks about: Do you really need||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBuilding Your Kidlit Career: Agents :: Stories Unbound #15||Literary Agents and Artist Representatives can often open doors for Authors and Illustrators in the Children’s Book Industry… But is having an Agent essential for building your career? In today’s episode, publishing experts Giuseppe Castellano (A||12/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with DreamWorks Animation Art Director and Children’s Book Illustrator Samantha Kallis :: Stories Unbound #14||Samantha Kallis is an Art Director at Dreamworks TV Animation Studio, and the illustrator of The Fantastic Frame chapter book series, written by Lin Oliver, Executive Director of SCBWI. Join us today as we talk about: How Social Media (Tumblr and Twitt||11/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaunching Your Kidlit Career (Part 2): Critique Groups :: Stories Unbound #13||Creative community is vital for kidlit illustrators and authors. In this episode, guest co-host Manelle Oliphant and I talk about: How to get the most helpful feedback from your Critique Group. Keeping criticism positive with the “Critique Sandwich||10/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaunching Your Kidlit Career (Part 1): Conferences :: Stories Unbound #12||If you’re a children’s book creator feeling daunted by the industry and disconnected from your community, conferences could be your solution! Join me (Shawna) and our guest co-host Manelle Oliphant for a conversation about: Why Conferences are c||9/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow I Wrote And Sold My First Picture Book: A Conversation With Shawna JC Tenney :: Stories Unbound #11||In this special episode, our host Shawna JC Tenney takes the guest seat to teach us how she wrote, illustrated and sold her first picture book Brunhilda’s Backwards Day. Chris Oatley, our Executive Producer, interviews Shawna about: The amazing, em||8/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdvice For Your First Feature Film Pitch :: ArtCast #94||When Disney announced that JJ Abrams would direct Star Wars Episode VII, Prescott Harvey responded with an animated open letter called 4 Rules To Make Star Wars Great Again. It resonated with millions of fans who were disappointed by George Lucas’ pr||7/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview With Caldecott Honor Winner and Kidlit Author/Illustrator Molly Idle :: Stories Unbound #10||Molly Idle is the Author and Illustrator of many acclaimed picture books. In 2014, she won a Caldecott Honor Award for her book Flora and the Flamingo. Today we talk about the discoveries and challenges revealed along her journey from animation to a c||7/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
A podcast for illustrators of diverse backgrounds
Because Chris Oatley's illustration background ranges from animation to comics, from gaming to publishing; he is ideally suited to deliver poignant insights on professional practices, digital painting techniques, and experiences. He provides a variety of resources and discussions to augment this podcast on his website which are invaluable. His delivery is clean, positive, educational, and inspiring. As a practicinig freelance illustrator, I highly recommend this podcast. It has captivated me since episode 3, and I'll be listening till the fat lady sings.
Recommended to any artist, hands down.
I always suggest a few podcasts to people that ask me what I should do to become a freelance illustrator. Chris Oatley's advice is one of the top three that I always mention as a NEED for anyone wanting to make a living on art. The advice on art, and how to treat your clients is priceless, and I couldn't speak it better myself.
This is so great!
Chris does an awesome job at not only illustrating but walking the audience through his thoughts and process. It's a great podcast to keep around and to use as a reference for your own work. Keep going Chris, I Love it!