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- Why trust is essential for growing an audience.
- Should your project have its own website?
- The importance of school visits.
- …and Shawna shares her personal tip to avoid overwhelm!
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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 In Visual Development.
I invited them both to join me here on The ArtCast to promote First Flight and talk about how they achieved such significant success in their animation careers…
Episode Highlights include:
- Turning fear into faith.
- Becoming more professional by de-emotionalizing your creative process.
- Why we stopped caring about job titles.
- How fear cost Jenn a a big opportunity (and why she’ll never make that mistake again).
- Why Sarah had to climb through a human hamster wheel. (That’s not a metaphor.)
- Inspiring gumball machines and the healing power of ice cream.
- Is a successful animation career worth the cost?
For many aspiring professional artists, this is an endlessly frustrating question.
…so frustrating, many people avoid it altogether.
But we don’t know one, truly successful professional artist who has not faced this question at every significant stage in their career…
Join Chris and Maike for a presentation that will help you face the question of specialization with clarity and confidence.
- Do smaller studios prefer VisDev artists with broader skill sets?
- How do I avoid creating a confusing web presence, when working in more than one art style?
- Should I generalize if I can’t find a job?
The ArtCast began as a stream-of-consciousness audio journal about Chris Oatley’ life in the animation industry. Now, The Oatley Academy ArtCast is a complex production requiring the time and talents of at least five people per episode…
Join the OA Team for a panel discussion about:
- What makes a great collaboration?
- Recovering from epic disasters.
- How to evolve the complexity of a project without destroying it.
- How The ArtCast pipeline works.
- How working from different time zones can be an advantage.
- Collaboration dealbreakers.
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 advancement from Assistant Effects Animator to Art Director.
- How to lead a team of creative professionals well.
- The greatest gift an aspiring animation professional can offer an Art Director…
PLUS: The ArtCast: Behind The Scenes with the OA Team!
In our previous Escape From Art Jail series, we learned how three successful artists developed their personal brand.
Now our hosts Chris Oatley and Edge help Escape From Art Jail student Dan Kelby develop his own personal brand and present himself as a competitive professional in the Visual Development Industry.
- How do I adapt a well-known story for my portfolio without being cliche?
- How far should I push my ideas and designs before stopping?
- When is it okay to put “unfinished” work in my portfolio?
- Are traditional mediums accepted in Visual Development?
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 my career.
…and considering that The ArtCast probably wouldn’t exist without my time at Disney, and The Oatley Academy only exists because of The ArtCast, The Oatley Academy might not exist without Ryan…
In this episode we discuss:
- Why failure is a necessary part of the creative process.
- What makes a good Art Director?
- Ryan’s process for creating a Color Script for an animated feature film…
“Maybe someday” we’ll have the energy, the money, the time… But travel is expensive and complicated.
On this Live Panel Discussion, Réka and Caleb share creative solutions and money-saving tips that made their life-changing Sketch Travel journeys a reality.
- What makes sketch travel uniquely beneficial?
- How can I make sketch travel possible?
- What makes a good field-sketching setup?
- Can I practice plein air virtually?
In the podcast version of our interview with John Nevarez (Disney, Sony, Illumination, Pixar) he gave us a masterclass in gesture drawing technique and shared his secret to staying sane in this crazy business.
This Extended Interview Includes Over 50 Minutes Of Extra Audio:
- When is a painting finished?
- John’s creative influences.
- Math as the “safer” career path.
- Seizing opportunities.
- When you’re afraid to pursue your dreams…
- Outsourcing and the future of the animation industry.
- Giving life to your drawings.
- Why and how John left Pixar to be a full-time freelancer…