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Visual developer, character designer, concept artist, 2d animator

ImagineFX Magazine called Chris Oatley "The best kind of teacher." His students say he's an "inspiring and most caring mentor" who teaches the "best classes they've ever taken."

With former clients including Disney, Activision, EA, EMI, Geffen Records and Hasbro and credits in visual development, character design, concept art, 2d animation, background painting and freelance illustration, Chris' multiple careers and worldwide industry connections have given him uniquely diverse insights into the business of being a professional artist.

He founded The Oatley Academy Of Visual Storytelling in 2012 and grew it from a sole proprietorship into a thriving company with fourteen creatively-fulfilled freelancers and employees whose collective mission is to equip and empower Visual Storytellers all over the world to create work that inspires positive change.

Chris' ArtCast is the #1 Illustration Podcast on iTunes. On the show, Chris hosts in-depth interviews with the most successful artists in animation, games, vfx and comics.

Along with Claire, Brian, Jenn, his Oatley Academy staff and the staff of The Idea Academy, Chris has developed a unique conference that explores the universal power of storytelling. ...and he hopes it will catalyze unprecedented artistic growth and vision for everyone involved.

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