The Visual Storytelling Podcast
Disney Artist Chris Oatley helps you become a professional Visual Storyteller with Tutorials and Expert Interviews on Concept Art, Animation Visual Development, Character Design, Storyboarding, Comics, Illustration, Children's Books and Screenwriting.
The Best New Concept Art Books (2019 Edition) :: VSP #4
Friday 20 December 2019
: Imagine you’re walking along a street in a big, busy city. Despite all the noise and movement, something shiny catches your eye. It’s a...
[Announcement] The Return Of ‘Painting Drama’ & CTNX 2019!
Wednesday 20 November 2019
: In this short audio announcement, Chris Oatley shares updates on the return of his Composition & Color Theory course called Painting...
4 Ways Animation Artists Can Mentally Prepare For The Move To Los Angeles: With Natalie Nourigat :: VSP #3
Wednesday 13 November 2019
: Disney Storyboard Artist and Director Natalie Nourigat describes her book I Moved To Los Angeles To Work In Animation as “part Autobio...
Character Design and The Illusion Of Life: With James Woods :: VSP #2
Wednesday 25 September 2019
: Is there more to you than what other people see? Character Design is a fundamental aspect of Visual Storytelling. …but there’s much more...
The Power Of Pictures: 4 Ways To Make Your Stories More Emotional :: VSP #1
Wednesday 10 July 2019
: “Show, don’t tell.” It’s every Visual Storyteller’s mantra. …but it’s easier said than done. In today’s lesson, you’ll...
[Announcement] The Future Of The ArtCast, Artistacon & Dream Machine!
Wednesday 13 March 2019
: Hello, my friends! Chris Oatley here with a few time-sensitive ArtCast Announcements! In this recording, I’ll provide updates on: Dream...
11 Social Media Habits That Hurt Your Art Career (And How To Break Them) :: ArtCast #115
Tuesday 19 February 2019
: These days, whenever I ask my industry colleagues where they’re finding work, the answer is almost always one of two things: Industry...
4 Keys To A Long and Healthy Illustration Career :: ArtCast #114
Tuesday 01 January 2019
: How long did it take you to learn the “Happy Birthday” song? …and how long would it take you to learn to sing a pitch-perfect,...
3 Lessons For Writing Timeless Stories :: “Toy Story” Edition
Tuesday 16 October 2018
: What makes Toy Story a timeless classic? In this short video tutorial, I share three lessons to help you create stories that resonate – to...
The Lost HERstory Of Disney Animation :: ArtCast #113
Wednesday 26 September 2018
: When author Mindy Johnson set out to write a book about of the history (or as Mindy says, the “HERstory”) of Walt Disney‘s...
Theme Parks Concept Artist Chris Bradley On Building A Dream Career :: ArtCast #112
Wednesday 19 September 2018
: How would you prepare for a career in a mysterious industry like Theme Park Design where information about job requirements and current...
Disney Toy Designer Zach Gracia On Why You Probably Haven’t Failed Enough (Part 2) :: ArtCast #111
Tuesday 24 July 2018
: Disney Toy Designer Zach Gracia continues his story today on The Oatley Academy ArtCast! In part one of this series, Zach told the story of...
Disney Toy Designer Zach Gracia On Why You Probably Haven’t Failed Enough :: ArtCast #110
Wednesday 27 June 2018
: What would you do if you struggled for seven years to finally get an interview for your dream job at Disney… …and then completely blew...
How To Fail Like A Professional Artist (…and Find Inspiration In The Process) :: ArtCast #109
Wednesday 23 May 2018
: So you trashed your last project and started over… …and then again. …and then again. …is that because you just aren’t meant to be...
Visual Development Mythbusting :: ArtCast #108
Wednesday 14 February 2018
: What is the difference between drawing and design? When working for a studio, does your personal aesthetic matter? Are you thoroughly...
How Distractions Help You Become A More Focused Artist (With Life Drawing Expert Stan Prokopenko) :: ArtCast #107
Tuesday 16 January 2018
: Can distractions help you become a more focused artist? Why does speed seem like such a waste of time? Do you draw in “The Beginner...
Books That Will Change Your Creative Process (Best Of 2017) :: ArtCast #106
Wednesday 20 December 2017
: The term “Concept Art,” brings to mind a specific kind of imagery. …but isn’t that a problem…? What if the struggle of learning...
How To Promote Your Picture Book with Jake Parker :: Stories Unbound #20
Thursday 13 July 2017
: In today’s conversation with Jake Parker (Author/ Illustrator of Little Bot and Sparrow, Creator of Inktober) we discuss different ideas...
Creative Bravery: Why Animation Pros Sarah Marino and Jenn Ely Thrive In A Challenging Industry :: ArtCast #102
Wednesday 12 July 2017
: This month, Sarah Marino (Color Supervisor at Nickelodeon), Jenn Ely (Production Designer for House Special, Visual Development...
Interview with Animation Art Director Ryan Carlson (Part 2) :: ArtCast #101
Wednesday 07 June 2017
: In the previous episode, we met Ryan Carlson – my Disney mentor and the person without whom The Oatley Academy may never have happened…...
Interview with Animation Art Director Ryan Carlson (Part 1) :: ArtCast #100
Wednesday 31 May 2017
: 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...
Interview with Animation Layout & Visual Development Artist, John Nevarez (Part 2) :: ArtCast #99
Tuesday 02 May 2017
: In part one of our interview, John Nevarez (Sony, Illumination, Pixar, Disney) gave us a masterclass in gesture drawing technique. Now, in...
Interview with Animation Layout & Visual Development Artist, John Nevarez (Part 1) :: ArtCast #98
Tuesday 25 April 2017
: John Nevarez approaches his art and his relationships the same way. Whether he encounters a new, blank page or a new person, John sees the...
Interview with Scholastic Editor Orli Zuravicky :: Stories Unbound #19
Tuesday 18 April 2017
: Orli Zuravicky is a Senior Editor at Scholastic and the author of the forthcoming Happily Ever Afterlife middle grade novel series. In this...
Interview with Creature Designer & Fantasy Illustrator Brynn Metheney (Part 2) :: ArtCast #97
Tuesday 11 April 2017
: In part one of our interview with Brynn Metheney, we talked about her childhood in the desert, how her father’s job as an engineer helped...