Jason Scheier

Jason is a Production Designer and design instructor. His lifelong enthusiasm for narrative storytelling, visual development, and picture making informs all his professional experiences. He is a keen observer of both the natural world and the man-made world, always attempting to reverse engineer the fantastic details.

Jason brings his strong instincts for design, composition, color, and lighting and his experience in cinematography to his passion for virtual environment creation. He has worked with a number of studios including DreamWorks Animation SKG, Warner Brothers Feature Animation, Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment, and Walt Disney Imagineering. He has also taught at the Art Center College of Design, Brainstorm School, Concept Design Academy, Laguna College of Art and Design, and Computer Graphics Masters Academy. He is currently Production Designing Alcon Animation's first feature film called "Darkmouth".

A graduate of California State, Fullerton, with a bachelor of arts degree in fine arts and illustration, he also studied media arts and animation at the Art Institute of California and entertainment design at the Art Center College of Design.

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Parallax is a displacement or difference in the apparent position of an object viewed along two different lines of sight, and is measured by the angle or semi-angle of inclination between those two lines.

Infinite unlimited or unmeasurable in extent of space, duration of time. The infinite nature of outer space. unbounded or unlimited; boundless; endless.


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Interview for VoyageLA


Today we’d like to introduce you to Jason Scheier.

Jason, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Born in Brooklyn New York, and moved to California where I grew up in Cerritos, Ca. Being an identical twin brother, we both had vivid imaginations being influenced by 1980’s films, cartoons, and video games. Our parents fueled our creative spirits by allowing us to draw, paint, and build giant Lego play-sets. I remembered spending hours upon hours in our rooms, crafting elaborate stories of war epics, dramatizations of Science Fiction adventures. Our father being technologically savvy, brought home a Commodore computer where we would escape into video game worlds, and be shaped by pixels and 8-bit sound.

These early experiences crafted and honed my imagination into an artist very early on. In High School, I was recognized by many of my teachers as an illustrator. I won many art competitions from Ceramics to Figure drawing. Academically, I would set the bar in Creative Writing and Science. Graduating High School with Honors, and having a 4.0 GPA. I always had a love for Biology and Human Science due to my Mom and Dad being in the Medical Field. This interested certainly found it’s way into my passion for Fine Arts and Illustration.

I attended California State, Fullerton, where I studied fine arts and illustration for one year, then also studying three years of media arts and animation at the Art Institute of California where I received my Bachelor’s Degree, and later and Entertainment Design at the Art Center College of Design. In addition to attending these schools, I was also night classes at Concept Design Academy, Art Center, and Cypress College. All of these experiences helped me find precisely what I wanted to focus my skill-sets on. Game Art, Animation, and Illustration turned out to be my greatest focus. It took me traveling through all of these stages in my life to realize what my sole focus would become.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My art is purely a culmination of my inspirations. I find nature to be my greatest source of inspiration. The natural world is abstract, organic, beautifully geometric, and has secret meaning within. The depth of design found in a waterfall, a wind-swept valley, and a vast ocean creates evocative terrain within my mind-space. I’m perplexed and inspired by the amalgamation of architectural relief created by humans in our worlds design. I’m constantly attempted to reverse-engineer the fantastic details. Perhaps my magnum opus will be to create a world of my own from scratch that is believable, captures the imagination of many, and is left behind for people to perplex over as I have the world around me.

I’m heavily inspired by Japanese art like Hiroshi Yoshida’s Woodblock paintings, Katsushika Hokusai’s masterful manga, Hayao Miyazaki’s films, Akira Kurosawa’s Samurai Epics, and the masters of the American West. All of these artists have become the tank in which I cultivate my knowledge and inspiration think-tank.

What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Be a student of Life. Allow your life’s experiences to guide you in your journey. Each personal moment will find it’s way into your work. This comes through openness to observation and allowing it to become trans-formative.

Positive energy activates constant elevation. Remember to relax, focus on what you have, and not what you don’t Each day is truly a gift, and is another opportunity to embrace your Dreams, Passions, and find what you would like to become.

We are our own worst critique. Listen to yourself, and you will grow. We are each our own masters. I find too many of my students are too concerned with what everyone else is doing around them. Let yourself be free, and let your own inner-voice navigate the patterns in which you become. Once you see the pattern, break your pattern. Be formless and shapeless.

Work. If you are wrestling with the idea of becoming an artist, that’s all you will be. Tangled in a web of thought. If you work on something, whether it’s drawing, painting, sculpting, and even writing, you will evolve.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can find some of my work on my Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jasonscheierart/. In addition, I have a website where I have curated some of my film work. http://www.parallaxinfinite.com/. Lastly, many of my works can be found my Artstation Portfolio. https://www.artstation.com/d3cap.

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