The Art & Animation of Jeremiah Schiek

I am an artist, animator, and story artist currently seeking work as such in the greater Los Angeles area.
OPEN CASTING CALL FOR REVOLUTION

I’m at it again, and this time I did a little math:  If everyone of the approximately 318,000,000 Americans living in this country was to stuff one of the business reply envelopes with nonsense (assuming you don’t want the high balance/low interest rates the credit card companies are trucking you) and send in one a week for a year—assuming each envelope has approximately 55 cents in postage—that would generate just over 9 billion dollars in revenue for the USPS. Now, I could be wrong, I am an art major after all and not a statistician, but it’s awfully fun to do, it socks it to the American Debt Emperors and helps save one of the better institutions. All it requires is that you get inundated with credit card applications week after week, that you have pen, paper, a random thought, and then just a little saliva to seal the envelope. Oh. And it requires you have the bravery and fortitude of personal character to drop your little randoms in the mailbox. If it never gets sent, it never gets spent. 

Thanks for bearing with me. 

Your uncle who is not really your uncle,

J. Schiek

PS: That’s if you send one. I do three to five a week. It’s easy. And you can, too.

OPEN CASTING CALL FOR REVOLUTION

I’m at it again, and this time I did a little math: If everyone of the approximately 318,000,000 Americans living in this country was to stuff one of the business reply envelopes with nonsense (assuming you don’t want the high balance/low interest rates the credit card companies are trucking you) and send in one a week for a year—assuming each envelope has approximately 55 cents in postage—that would generate just over 9 billion dollars in revenue for the USPS. Now, I could be wrong, I am an art major after all and not a statistician, but it’s awfully fun to do, it socks it to the American Debt Emperors and helps save one of the better institutions. All it requires is that you get inundated with credit card applications week after week, that you have pen, paper, a random thought, and then just a little saliva to seal the envelope. Oh. And it requires you have the bravery and fortitude of personal character to drop your little randoms in the mailbox. If it never gets sent, it never gets spent.

Thanks for bearing with me.

Your uncle who is not really your uncle,

J. Schiek

PS: That’s if you send one. I do three to five a week. It’s easy. And you can, too.

Drawing

To draw attention to yourself, you must first draw.

Inking and painting some panels for the forthcoming Jed The Flying Head Free Comic Book Day Extravaganza!

J. Schiek

Inking and painting some panels for the forthcoming Jed The Flying Head Free Comic Book Day Extravaganza!

J. Schiek

Last year, for Free Comic Book Day, I put together a little digital package of Jed The Flying Head stuff, which I had set up as a free download to anyone who cared to partake.  As far as I can tell, the reception was fairly modest.  That is to say, if more than a handful of folks downloaded it, none of them have spoken to me about it, either to thank me or give me feedback on how terrible it was. 
But, then as now, there are no limits to what I will do to have someone potentially ignore my efforts to not be ignored.  And it is in the spirit of that tenacity that I begin two sentences with the conjunctions, “but” and “and,” and announce that I will be releasing into the blog-o-sphere, much like a wizard summoning a minotaur into the darkened corridors of a labyrinth, a new Jed The Flying Head Free Comic Book Day Extravaganza.  
The above images is one of the short sequential pieces I will be polishing up for inclusion, but I am also trying to convince some friends and local artists that inclusion in this project would be great for their respective portfolios, so that they will feel inclined to join me in this pro bono bit of awesomeness.
There are not many more details at this point, but I will post most of that where it belongs, at my Official Jed The Flying Head Blog.  Of which there are technically two.  The other one can be checked out by clicking here.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

J. Schiek

Last year, for Free Comic Book Day, I put together a little digital package of Jed The Flying Head stuff, which I had set up as a free download to anyone who cared to partake.  As far as I can tell, the reception was fairly modest.  That is to say, if more than a handful of folks downloaded it, none of them have spoken to me about it, either to thank me or give me feedback on how terrible it was. 

But, then as now, there are no limits to what I will do to have someone potentially ignore my efforts to not be ignored.  And it is in the spirit of that tenacity that I begin two sentences with the conjunctions, “but” and “and,” and announce that I will be releasing into the blog-o-sphere, much like a wizard summoning a minotaur into the darkened corridors of a labyrinth, a new Jed The Flying Head Free Comic Book Day Extravaganza.  

The above images is one of the short sequential pieces I will be polishing up for inclusion, but I am also trying to convince some friends and local artists that inclusion in this project would be great for their respective portfolios, so that they will feel inclined to join me in this pro bono bit of awesomeness.

There are not many more details at this point, but I will post most of that where it belongs, at my Official Jed The Flying Head Blog.  Of which there are technically two.  The other one can be checked out by clicking here.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

J. Schiek

Throw-Back Thursday!

Pictured above is the small cottage in Murrieta that my wife and I rented from September of 2009 through September 2011.  Inside those tiny walls is where I animated most of the work I produced in my college career at Cal State Fullerton, with the exception of A Meat Cart Named Desire, which was animated at our much larger place just down the road from this little gem. 

Also pictured are my exposure sheets from the dialogue test I posted earlier, along with my preferred sustenance/stimulants at that time.  The other two shots show my camera arrangement for shooting my pencil tests.  The dining room offered a lot more space, and fewer back aches, but most often I was confined to the desk in our so called living room.  

I don’t always miss the cramped living arrangement, but that was a wonderful place to live for the time we were there.  

Over and out.

J. Schiek

This happened on April 1st, and was not—still is not—an April Fools joke.  I hope.  
J. Schiek

This happened on April 1st, and was not—still is not—an April Fools joke.  I hope.  

J. Schiek

Frank dialogue test

I had a very hectic schedule during the Spring semester of 2011, when I was balancing a full load of classes and a full time job.  Long story short, I had come to the end of my pre-production class and found myself a bit short.  As part of the assignment, a production package for what would become my animated short film, A Meat Cart Named Desire, I was required—on top of everything else—to provide a short, animated dialogue test.  The frame rate was slightly off, something my bleary eyes did not catch at 3AM when I shot this thing, nor did they seem to notice that while I had my Luxo lamp pointed at the lightbox upon which I had animated this thing, I had somehow failed to turn it on, resulting in the darkened image you see before you. 

I was going through some of my old animation files today and thought this would be fun to post.  In one of my earlier posts, I mentioned that I was influenced very heavily by Buster Keaton, and other purveyors of marvelous slapstick (Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Dick Van Dyke, just to name a few) and this is probably why.  Talk isn’t as cheap as people seem to think.

J. Schiek

This was another project that I’d done character designs for, and actually boarded out to be taken to animation.  Obviously, this is sort of a fan fiction piece, and apocryphal to the Harry Potter canon.  

The topmost image, the one in color, was done up on my iPhone 4, using the original Brushes app (still my favorite for that device, in spite of all of the wonderful tools they added in Brushes 3) which was before I received an iPad 2 for my 30th birthday.  That gift changed everything, as I was sure it would.  Pinch and pull on an iPhone serves well enough to get some of those finer details, but one cannot discount how liberating it was to get about 300% more screen real estate.

When I can track down the boards—and get a scanner that works, damn the lot of them—I’ll post the full story, along with new spells that I’d concocted for its use.  My favorite in this series above though is the third image in.  I can only imagine what terrible thing has just transpired to make Little Voldy so happy.

J. Schiek

Scanner is out of commission and trash can bound unless it gets its act together. Anyway, this is a photo of a character design drawing for the chief Number 2, the personal bodyguard of the odious (and odorous) Diarreacher. Backstory, I’m thinking this guy played a little college football, and whatever kept him from making the pros was the same thing that led him to a life of henching and crime. 

J. Schiek

Scanner is out of commission and trash can bound unless it gets its act together. Anyway, this is a photo of a character design drawing for the chief Number 2, the personal bodyguard of the odious (and odorous) Diarreacher. Backstory, I’m thinking this guy played a little college football, and whatever kept him from making the pros was the same thing that led him to a life of henching and crime.

J. Schiek

Yesterday, one of my former professors posted an image of his work station to Facebook. I was working with a similar arrangement with coffee at the 9 o’clock position and growing colder by the minute. I was using the iPad to work on a layout painting for Jed The Flying Head, an animated series that I’ve been working on for a number of years. Pictured at right is my workstation this morning, where I’ve set to thumb nailing the pilot episode of the aforementioned series. I picked up some sticky notes yesterday for revisions (and there will be plenty of those).

Also, and I speak of this often enough, if you haven’t seen, heard or detected with any of your various (and equally wonderful in their own way) senses, Jed The Flying Head, you can get all the latest at jedtheflyinghead.tumblr.com. The official website, www.jedtheflyinghead.com has gone love, but has not been as easy to maintain as the tumblr blog. If you’re heading over there now, no pun intended, you’ll probably get a feeling of déjà vu, as I’ll be re-blogging this post over there.

Thanks for stopping by, for peeping my picks and reading my writes!

J. Schiek