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80 deviants said My paintings get muddy and overworked when I try to render.
63 deviants said I never know when my paintings are "finished."
46 deviants said I lose control of my colors.
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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…

  • 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


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!
puddlefisher Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Professional Filmographer
: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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