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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.
Getty Gardens by ChrisOatley
Getty Gardens
Angie and I spent Saturday evening at The Getty Center. I spent about 30 minutes sketching in the gardens then finished this one at home on Sunday morning.

Charcoal, 8" x 10"

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
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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 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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