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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…

  • 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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LovelySinner7 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
im actually looking for interships for character design...any tips for a nyc native?
ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
I have compiled a ton of great character design resources here:…

Hope that helps!
LovelySinner7 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks!!! i have a question....i hope its not dumb...but i want to be a art teacher for children (i got my bfa but im applying for teaching assisstant for art) as well as gain my masters in art therapy and be character designer..

is that impossible...un realistic?
ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Why would that be dumb? The teaching and Art Therapy are a matter of time, experience and education, of course. And you can start designing characters immediately - if you haven't already.
LovelySinner7 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I dont know...i guess i didnt think i could do all of that. i was told no so many times while some of my friends got those careers in what you do and im happy for them ya know but i want to be happy to...but yeah...ur right. i could be an educator, i can be an art therapist and even do character designs for disney or even DC Comics. I can and will do all the above and more. Your right. If u go to my page here you can see my tumblr page with my art if u want? and give me some advice?
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