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ClawAndFang JimGuy v3 FINAL by ChrisOatley
ClawAndFang JimGuy v3 FINAL

Here's another character collaboration I did with my buddy Shaun Bryant

Shaun did the character sketch for his 'Claw and Fang' personal project and I painted it.

The full tutorial will be available soon in The Magic Box:…

Santa Barbara Beach Cliff 5/3/16 by ChrisOatley
Santa Barbara Beach Cliff 5/3/16
A few weeks ago, Nic Gregory and I did a Santa Barbara day trip for some plein air sketching. 

There's an ironic challenge in Plein Air work. It's a cycle of struggle, calculation, overthinking and simplification resulting in the illusion of spontaneity.
Charcoal En Plein Air - Griffith Park - 2/27/16 by ChrisOatley
Charcoal En Plein Air - Griffith Park - 2/27/16
I spent Saturday afternoon at the park with Angie and Sydney and took a little time for some observational drawing while I was there.

I planned the reversals of positive and negative space from the beginning but second guessed myself half-way through... The result was a slightly overworked drawing but one I like regardless. Thought I'd share it with you.

In part one of this interview, we learned how Robert Simons’ career in concept art began before he even graduated from art school.

His designs for an indie sci-fi short called Project Arbiter demonstrated artistic maturity beyond that of the average nineteen-year-old artist and opened doors to the vfx industry.

Now, in part two, Robert and I discuss his experiences working on Hollywood blockbusters, breaking into the big-time, how his childhood inspired his concept art portfolio and a whole lot more!

Episode Highlights:

  • Sketching on mobile devices.
  • What it’s like to see your concept art come to life on set.
  • The ups and downs of epic personal projects.
  • Working for other people.
  • The future of independent film.
  • The downsides of digital effects.
  • The lonely side of success.
  • How to deal with haters.
  • How his childhood inspired his concept art portfolio.
  • Concept art internships and breaking in.

…and we swap Steven Spielberg pseudo-stories!

Find the links and show notes at…

  • Listening to: Passenger
  • Reading: "How To Build A Dinosaur" by Jack Horner
  • Watching: WALKING DEAD SEASON 5 OMG!!!
  • Playing: Nope...
  • Eating: Tuna Melt
  • Drinking: Chamomile Tea


Chris Oatley
United States has Digital Painting Tutorials, Interviews with Animation & Games Industry Artists & FREE Custom Photoshop Brushes!

Current Residence: Los Angeles, California

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Xerina Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Happy birthday Chris!!
I hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for creating the Oatley Academy!
Best wishes!
mhunt Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
Happy Birthday!
puddster Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
:love: Happy birthday, Chris! 
DarkDragon247 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy B-Day! :woohoo:  Enjoy it! :hooray:

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag! :woohoo:  Genieß ihn! :hooray:
Dyel75 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
:party::party:HAPPY BIRTHDAY,MASTER!!!!:party::party::cake:
I Hope You Have a Very Nice Day!!!:wave:
Best Wishes And Greetings From Brazil!!:handshake:
DeviousSqurl Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Happy Birthday! Ballon emoticon 
GOTLANDSKORV Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Student Artist
Happy birthday Chris!! : D
HoshiBlue21 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015   Traditional Artist
How are you?
I know is kind of early, but: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
have a great day!
gothicAge Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
lovely artwork …(listening your podcasts)
HoshiBlue21 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015   Traditional Artist
I just signed to your amazing page too!
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