He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.
- Sonia Delaunay
Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
- Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
 

 

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Christian Lorenz Scheurer

Posted by Charley Parker at 9:03 am

Christian Lorenz Scheurer
Christian Lorenz Scheurer is a concept artist who has worked on films like The Fifth Element, Titanic, The Matrix, Animatrix, Final Fantasy, What Dreams May Come and The Day After Tomorrow. Born in Switzerland but now living in California, Scheurer initially studied to create graphic novels but realized he wanted to pursue a career in concept art after being struck by lightning (literally).

The Movies section of his site has a selection of his concept art for many of the films he has contributed to. The Games section, similarly, has concept art from many of the games he has worked on, including GoldenEye: Rogue Agent, Lord of the Rings: RotK, and Final Fantasy IX. The Paintings section contains some striking images that don’t seem to be tied to a particular project.

The sketchbooks in the Sketches section are a particular treat, filled with flights of fancy in a loose, comics-like drawing style, slightly reminiscent of Moebius at times. This is probably my favorite part of the site and enough to make me wish he had kept up his interest in doing graphic novels. The Characters Sketches section (bottom right link on the Sketches page) has drawn and painted versions of the same sketches side-by side, something I particularly enjoy.

The Projects section has art from several projects, including a fascinating “secret project” (that looks like it may be a theme park installation) and Entropia, Scheurer’s own book project.

Entropia is an art/story book about a fantastic land (called Entropia), packaged as a book about rare stamps from that land. There is a separate and rather elaborate web site devoted to the book.

Scheurer seems to work both digitally in traditional media. He is an instructor in “analog media” (a misuse of the term “analog”, they mean “traditional” media) at Gnomon Workshop, but his instructional DVDs are in digital concept art techniques, such as Introduction to Digital Painting in Adobe Photoshop and Advanced Digital Painting in Adobe Photoshop (which includes the image shown above). Here is his gallery on the Gnomon Workshop site.

There is an extensively illustrated interview with Sheurer in the CG Channel site.

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  1. Comment by Bonnie
    Wednesday, February 15, 2006 @ 9:26 am

    Nice! Thanks for the link!

  2. Comment by Phil Smith
    Thursday, February 16, 2006 @ 12:28 pm

    This guy’s work is fantastic. The vivid colors achieved through digital media is something else. I’ve got to learn the trade…

  3. Comment by Charley Parker
    Friday, February 17, 2006 @ 9:32 pm

    Phil,

    I haven’t seen them first-hand, but maybe Scheurer’s DVD tutorials are a good source for that.

    Also if you look through some of my other posts in the Digital Art category (and around the web) there are a number of online tutorials.

    Your accomplished space art paintings show you have a pretty good jump on traditional media.

  4. Comment by MasterNinja or Naruto
    Thursday, March 23, 2006 @ 7:12 am

    waaaaaaooo…. very good picture
    nice content blog… about CG…
    you are invited to come to my new blog at
    http://www.ninjainstitute.blogspot.com/
    not much.. just about art and CG
    feel free…

  5. Comment by Charley Parker
    Monday, March 27, 2006 @ 8:34 am

    Thanks, Naruto.

    I think your blog is off to a grest start. Good links to Kirby and digital comics coloring resources.

  6. Comment by Georges Leclere
    Monday, May 7, 2007 @ 6:37 pm

    It was great to talk to you again tonight, dear Christian!

    I wish I can find a project to work with you, remembering Philippe Druillet!

    Cheers,

    Georges

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