The OA Backstage Pass:
Available exclusively to students, The Backstage Pass includes our Escape From Art Jail series, live portfolio review sessions, hour-after-hour of extended interviews from The ArtCast, The Paper Wings Show and MORE!
For The Oatley Academy Team, 2016 was our most intense, productive and collaborative year yet.
In this New Year Celebration we share insights gained from the hard lessons and new discoveries we experienced in the past year.
PANELISTS: Ânia Marcos (Community Director), Ejiwa Ebenebe (Technology Director), Érika Casab (Support Ninja), Jessica Doll and Lauren Morse (Hosts of DIY Animation), Maike Venhofen (Storytellers’ Summit Instructor), Shawna JC Tenney (Host of Stories Unbound) and Chris Oatley (Director for The Oatley Academy).
Artists have always been conveyors of nuance and subtlety…
Artists have always been a culture’s conscience …
Today our job as artists has not changed.
Chris Oatley, along with Storytellers’ Summit hosts Adam Westbrook and Maike Venhofen face a difficult question all artists have:
‘How can we create honest art and stories in a time of so many cultural divides?’
- How do I dramatize what I want to say?
- How do I avoid demonizing people with different ideologies than mine?
- Are villains just characters that don’t agree with the hero?
- Should I dramatize an uncomfortable theme in such a way that is comfortable for my audience?
In part one of our “Purple Cow” Case Study with AJ Nazzaro, we discussed how, despite getting a late start, his willingness to face any and every creative challenge is why he’s now working for Blizzard and Wizards Of The Coast – his dream clients.
In this episode, he paints a vivid picture of what it means to be committed to the craft…
AJ Nazzaro (Blizzard, Wizards Of The Coast) is the kind of person who will, to use his own words, “fight a grizzly bear with a toothbrush.”
Though he got a late start, his willingness to face any and every creative challenge is why he’s now working for his dream clients.
In this first part of a three-part series, AJ reveals the invisible but intense dedication that led to his unique success…
…which is why creative community is so vital.
In this Staying Strong Through Artistic Struggles series, Chris Oatley and some of our Magic Box Studio Group Hosts Sarah Mills, Melissa Dow and Manuel Aquino will help you stay positive and motivated through your artistic struggles!
…and been completely ignored?
In this Escape From Art Jail lesson, Chris and Edge help you develop your professional network with email tips and examples that you can put into practice right away!
Frederic William Stewart was the first Background Painter on Nickelodeon’s epic animated series The Legend of Korra and today he holds a coveted role as a Dreamworks Visual Development Artist.
In the podcast version of this interview, we talked about the early days on Korra, pushing the limits of digital media and why a diversity of influences will make your work stand out…
This Extended Interview Includes Over 20 Minutes Of Extra Audio:
- The challenges Fred faced while working on Korra.
- Tracing Lion King off the TV.
- Jim Henson, Mister Rogers, and the beauty of stubborn optimism.
- Sensory overload is an inspiration killer.
- Being nerds in high school.
- Why Fred ditched mechanical engineering to pursue art.
- Learning art at the Shrunken Head Man Club.
- The secret convenience of Voodoo dolls.