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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 ChrisOatley.com/robert-simons-…

  • Mood: Joy
  • 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
Stuck Tin Man by ChrisOatley
Stuck Tin Man
Another visual exploration of the Tin Man.

I hope this one speaks for itself.

I did this is for my "How To Paint Trees" tutorial series which is a part of my digital painting course called
The Magic Box.

The brushes I used for this painting will soon be available on my website...
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Whether you’re into concept art, illustration, character design, comics or storyboards, I’m constantly pushing you to create personal projects and pursue amazing collaborations.

Why?

The success of concept artist Robert Simons is why.

Previously, on the ArtCast, I interviewed the director and composer of Project Arbiter - an indie sci-fi short film with a big-budget look.

Robert Simons’ concept work on Project Arbiter demonstrated a surprising level of maturity (He was only 19 years old at the time).  Unsuprisingly, his career now includes concept work on huge films like Ender’s Game and The Amazing Spider-man 2.

In this interview, we hear how Robert’s career evolved, his attitude toward criticism, obsession and creating art with meaning.

…and in the Q&A segment, my good friend Matt Kohr joins me to respond to a listener question about whether you need to move to the west coast of the United States in order to become a concept artist…

Click here to learn more…

  • Mood: Wow!
  • Listening to: Hendrix and Skynyrd
  • Reading: "How To Build A Dinosaur" by Jack Horner
  • Watching: WALKING DEAD SEASON 5 OMG!!!
  • Playing: Occasionally
  • Eating: Gluten Free Flakes, Rasins, Banana
  • Drinking: Mental Rocket Fuel
DETAIL: Portrait Of Elvis by Chris Oatley by ChrisOatley
DETAIL: Portrait Of Elvis by Chris Oatley
This is a detail of the second demo for my "How To Paint Stylized Hair" tutorial series which is a part of my digital painting course called The Magic Box

See the full painting here: Portrait Of Elvis by Chris Oatley

During the last half of 2014 I have committed to attempting to paint the hardest subjects I can think of. ...which includes pop icons. They're particularly challenging because they are so familiar to all of us.

So far, this series includes Jimi Hendrix and Marilyn Monroe (which I'll post here in the coming weeks).

Although challenging, I'm really happy with how this one turned out.

The brushes I used for this painting will soon be available on my website…
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Portrait Of Elvis by Chris Oatley by ChrisOatley
Portrait Of Elvis by Chris Oatley
This is the second demo for my "How To Paint Stylized Hair" tutorial series which is a part of my digital painting course called The Magic Box

During the last half of 2014 I have committed to attempting to paint the hardest subjects I can think of. ...which includes pop icons. They're particularly challenging because they are so familiar to all of us.

So far, this series includes Jimi Hendrix and Marilyn Monroe (which I'll post here in the coming weeks).

Although challenging, I'm really happy with how this one turned out.

You can see a detail image here: DETAIL: Portrait Of Elvis by Chris Oatley

The brushes I used for this painting will soon be available on my website…

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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 ChrisOatley.com/robert-simons-…

  • Mood: Joy
  • 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

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ChrisOatley
Chris Oatley
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ChrisOatley.com has Digital Painting Tutorials, Interviews with Animation & Games Industry Artists & FREE Custom Photoshop Brushes! ChrisOatley.com

Current Residence: Los Angeles, California

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:iconyurixmeister:
yurixmeister Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Just enrolled in the Magic box! Super satisfied with what I'm learning so far. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us all. 
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Ozimandus4321 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist
Great work Chris! Really excited to have found you here and elsewhere(old podcasts) Left a message on your facebook page, I'm a bit tech challenged but I hope you have a few minutes to answer a few questions I left there. Maybe somewhere down the yellow brick road i can be another brick in your wall. 
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Hey, brother. I don't think I received that message. Can you re-post it here? ...or on the blog?
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Ozimandus4321 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist
I subscribed to  the newsletter and did the reply thing but here is a copy of what i said there...

 Good morning! Its great to be on board and i'm looking forward to getting to know you and all your various programs. I have left you messages in deviantart.com and on facebook, that was before I recieved this e-mail. i know your time is limited so if you would like we can stick to this format for communications. To be honest you seem to have so much to offer me with all the online stuff and possibilities of real community that I don't know where to start. I'm 55 years old and woke up recently to the fact that if i want to make something of my passion for Art I had better do it now before i was a coulda, shoulda, woulda. I have some experience with Photoshop and have been experimenting with digital painting with my old computer and my mouse. You can see what I have been able to do with that on my deviantart account Ozimandus4321. I also work in traditional media as well. I have a wacom tablet and in a few days i will actually be able to use it when i get a new computer built by a friend. I hope that with your help and my hard work I can bring something to the artists community that I can be proud of. I would also like to be able to help others in anyway i can to achieve their goals as well.
Looking forward to hearing from you, lets get this adventure going!
Scott Rigsby
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tartnonion Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Your Magic Box Photoshop painting course is the best. Hear that Deviants? 
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:iconchrisoatley:
ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Haha. Thanks, buddy. So glad you like it!
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GarynDakari-JAR Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heyo! I randomly stumbled across your ArtCast on your website, really great stuff to listen to while drawing! I've listened to about a dozen of them already. Keep making awesome stuff!
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Haha. I'll certainly try! Thank you!
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kozispoon Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Heyo hey fellow deviant :wave: Thanks a bunch for the devwatch!
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Heyo hey to you too! Your Avatar RULES.
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