Painting Drama

I took Chris Oatley’s course because I thought it would improve my animation & storytelling. It did. Fresh from the BEST CLASS I’ve ever taken, here are my two best paintings I’ve ever composed.

Painting Drama 1 builds an incredible foundation for the visual storyteller. Chris Oatley‘s approach is extremely personal and his students often discover abilities they never knew they had. He combines Art History, Abstraction, Representational studies, etc in a ground breaking, powerful, clear manner.  I am certain I will revisit the course and it’s concepts for the rest of my life.

I seriously recommend taking a class from Oatley Academy. The Painting Drama courses are only available periodically, but The Magic Box (everything Chris knows about digital painting) is always open for enrollment, constantly surprising, and A BARGAIN.  Also, Chris’s website home page has TONS of free content to inspire and help you grow. Go check it out!

And now, following countless studies, thumbnails, and sketches, here are my newest paintings:

Francis Meets Harry



So how did this painting course make me a better animator? Four Words: Consistently Surprising Creative Choices. Rare and powerful words, don’t you think? But four words are not enough. Because of this course I have clearer version of the pursuit of mastery. I better understand my  strengths and weaknesses and know how to harness my enthusiasm as an animated storyteller.

In closing, I’d love to hear your comments. And I must say how fortunate I am to have become great friends with Chris Oatley. He has made my life so much better and I thank you for any support you give him. See you soon!

  • Shawna Tenney

    Here here! Best class I’ve ever taken! So glad you got to take it. Your illustrations look great! I agree that I will always be revisiting the course. So much to learn and keep learning!

    • Thanks for inspiring me to finish the second painting, Shawna! I learned a ton in the process.

  • Chris Oatley

    Yeah, these images look REALLY nice, Scott. WELL worth the struggle of constantly raising your standards and never settling for the easy/ solutions. Really, really nice work.

    • THANKS, CHRIS!!! Mean so much, my standards are only going to get higher from here!

  • Jay Fontano

    Very nice Scott. I would love to take this class.

    • You should, Jay. If you’re itching to try it soon, go for his current Magic Box course. It’s pretty fantastic!

  • stephens family

    Keep up the great work scott. You and your family are amazing

  • Michael Lieck

    Nice!!! Now only if my iphone would let me zoom so i can enjoy the detail.

  • jac

    These look really good Scott. I had been wondering what you were drawing on your computer so early all those mornings.
    ”The heights by which men reached and kept
    Were not attained by sudden flight
    But they while their companions slept” 🙂 keep it up

    • Love that quote! Thanks for the support Jac, your work also inspires!

  • Isabel Veguilla

    It’s so helpful to see all of the work leading up to the final pieces (which are stunning, btw). The thinking behind the design decisions begins to unfold. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks! I’m glad you can see some of the thought process in the many sketches. Two I forgot to include were actually “final” compositions I had to scrap because I pushed things too far in the wrong direction and lost focus. It wasn’t an easy journey but it changed the way I think as a designer.

  • Pedey

    These are incredible! They look better than a screen shot from a major studio’s feature film. I’m so impressed. Thank you for sharing.

    • Ahhh, Carly! Shucks. As feature film level storytelling is definitely my goal, your works mean so much. That said, I can’t wait for the even greater visual story pieces I have in the works!

  • Dani Macfarlane

    Oh WOW! These stills are stunning…I need to show them to my husband asap! You have talent dripping from your fingertips…they are the perfect balance of fantasy and believability. Can’t wait to buy one of your animated features someday or see it on the big screen with my kids. Keep on keeping on! Sister J.

    • Thanks! I can’t wait either…but seeing that I’ll have too….I’ll be working hard while I wait. 🙂 Thanks for the support!

  • Looks great! 🙂
    Which movie story did you use?

    • Thanks. I chose “The Greatest Game Ever Played.”

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