Saturday, August 23, 2014

Intro to Digital Painting!!

Hello Awesome friends & colleagues!! I'm honored to announced that Sherwin Abesamis & myself are back to teach another term at Concept Design Academy in Pasadena! This introductory course is a painting class designed to help students transition into the digital medium. The assignments are geared to help students get familiar with Adobe Photoshop; and help them become better painters and design problem solvers. Please register soon, because this class fills up quickly! (=゚ω゚)ノ  To sign up, please visit our online enrollment store at: Also check out all of the new amazing classes CDA is offering this term!! -J

 Update: SOLD OUT!~!!! Thank you everyone!! -Jason

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Stone Lantern

A study of a stone lantern that I have been working on for the past couple of days on and off. It's based off of a photo I took in Portland Japanese Garden. After starring at Craig Mullins website for hours I got inspired to paint something very painterly, and textural. I had fun trying to get the materials to feel correct, and capture the exposure from the image I took. I hope you all digs! -J

Monday, July 28, 2014

Visual Development for Animation

Hello Friends & colleagues, Hot off the press comes my latest tutorial "Visual Development for Animation."

This Introductory lecture is geared towards the beginner to intermediate artists for understanding the production pipeline in major animation studios. This essential knowledge will discuss how the Visual Development Department fits as a crucial gear in the overall machine that drives the force of production. I will dive deep into how Story Development, Visual Development, Production Design, interconnects into Rough Layout, Modeling, Surfacing, Final Layout, Animation, FX, Lighting, and finally editorial. If you want to know more about how to better suit your portfolio for this line of work, or are just curious about the animation field; this is the right lecture for you!

Thank you again for all of your support, I really hope you all enjoyed my Narrative Visual Development Tutorial, and my Composition 101 lecture. I'm Looking forward to hearing feedback of what you guys think! More Tutorials soon to follow! - Jason

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Monday, July 21, 2014

New Tutorial, Composition 101

Hello everyone! I just finished recording my latest installment to my Gumroad training series! Taking it back to the basics with Composition 101~

This Introductory lecture is geared towards the beginner to intermediate artists for creating evocative composition choices for their image making. I will go into detail with making definitive hierarchical designs by blocking in the general elements of the composition and working gradually toward the more specific aspects of your layouts. How to use weights, rhythms, visual gut-checks, to cross-check proportions, relationships, and placement of the elements you are designing. 

Thank you again for all of your support, I really hope you all enjoyed my Narrative Visual Development Tutorial. Looking forward to hearing feedback of what you guys think! More Tutorials soon to follow! - Jason

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tutorial Available !!

Part 1 - is an in-depth view into my working process for blocking out a visual storytelling illustration. 

Part 2 - Continued Refinement & Tightening up Composition to a Finish Illustration.

    Link to Tutorial!

Monday, July 14, 2014

New Adventure!! DICE EA LA!

Just accepted an offer to work with DICE EA Los Angeles as a Senior Concept Designer. I can't wait to begin my new adventure! . Thank you all for believing in me, and for being the cornerstone of what makes life so incredible. I can't say in words just how much all of the kindness, and the support means. Much love Jason

Friday, June 27, 2014

New Adventures!

After 6 and a half years my time at DreamWorks has finally come to an end. My first job in Animation, and one of the most exciting experiences I have ever had! It's been a monumental experience for me growing over the last half decade with this incredible studio.

A big cheers to the amazing mentors I have had here that have given me knowledge that I will take with me for the rest of my life. Thank you to all of my friends, colleagues, and fellow DreamWorkers for being so supportive and inspirational. You are why my heart is heavy today, I will miss you all so much.

In two more weeks, I will be embarking on a new adventure outside of this amazing campus. I can't wait to see what new stones to turn over, and forge my new journey ahead.

In Lew of that this Ronin, is on the hunt for full-time/ freelance consulting work again. If anyone is looking for a Visual Development Artist/ Concept Designer please check out my portfolio which will be updated with more new content soon!!! or e-mail me directly at:

Much Love! -Jason

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mecha Ideations

      Early Visual Development for an unannounced title.  © Jason William Scheier

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

How to Train your Dragon 2 - Early Visual Development

               Old paintings I did in the Blue Sky (2011) phase for HTTYD2, at this point there had been very little done for the project, and I had a chance to contribute these rough sketches in a weeks time. I saw  the movie last weekend, and it's now one of my favorite animated films of all time. Big ups to all the people involved. Thank you to POV for letting me scribble a little for him. 
                DreamWorks Animation SKG ©All Rights Reserved. Early Visual Development.
                                                        How to Train your Dragon 2

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Virtual Plein Air

These paintings are based on locations found on Google Maps for a group on Facebook called Virtual Plein Air. I limited myself to 45 mins when executing the above paintings. The first one is from Sedona, Arizona, and the second from Taiwan.