More ‘doodles and more’

Here are some more random lunchtime doodles sketches. Some are funny, some are twisted but hopefully they’re all at least (mildly) entertaining. Let me know how you’re enjoying these silly lunch doodles about lunch! I’m always open to suggestions and requests also. Shoot me a message using the form or the email address provided on the About/Contact page.

Here is a quick piece I whipped together to celebrate the World Cup final. Of course, no one is happier than the soccer ball once it’s all over.

World Cup ball-web

My little pal Noah asked for a Steamboat Willie sketch and I was so taken aback that the character/film still resonates with his generation that I gladly obliged. Here is a great picture which his mom took and sent to me.

If anyone is interested in a personalized, one-of-a-kind commission like the one Noah got please feel free to contact me!

Next week I should have a very exciting announcement regarding my first picture book, The World’s Crummiest Umbrella being published by Wandering in the Words Press! Stay tuned for the awesome news.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Doodles and more

I’ve very recently begun the practice of rapid fire doodling while on my lunch break at work. I feel as though it’s a great exercise for not only keeping my sketching technique loose and lively but also for brainstorming ideas. Contrary to that notion, I initially couldn’t think of just what to sketch. Then I found inspiration from a source which was literally right under my nose, lunch. So began my series of lunchtime doodles about lunch. For those who don’t already follow me on twitter (which you really should @AJSchumacherart) or are currently a fan of my facebook page (which I urge you to be at www.facebook.com/AlexSchumacherArt), I am presenting said doodles here for your enjoyment.

This weekend I reached into the annals of my journey through creativity and decided to reimagine a character I had concocted with a friend in summer school when we were fifteen or so. To entertain ourselves an entire cast of ridiculous and wonderfully wacky characters were generated and I may at some point get around to updating them all. Today, however, I am presenting the madcap Calculadora Man! Here he is doing what he does best, playing with himself.

Calculadora Man-webLastly, today I want to share a beautiful model sheet from Fritz the Cat by one of my favorite animators Ralph Bakshi. These expressive poses are spectacular examples of line-of-action utilization. If you are a fan and/or student of animation and haven’t already explored Ralph’s ample catalog of films and series, I highly recommend you do so immediately.

Fritz model sheet

Have a great weekend everyone!


Wet, Hot American cartooning

A big ole’ American howdy to everyone on this weekend of The U.S. of A’s birthday! Did everyone enjoy a few days of food, family, friends and FIREWORKS? I know I did. Just for the hell of it, and because I’ll be in a food coma for the foreseeable future, I’m posting some random recent doodles. A wacky character design for a new comic series (though the writer decided to go with a more traditional look)…

Lenny animated_websome figure/line-of-action studies…

Figure study-line of action(2)

And a rat riding a huge rocket in honor of our Independence Day.

Rocket Rat(2)

Enjoy folks and I hope everyone had a happy and safe(ish) 4th!


Summer madness!

Well summer is here folks. It’s amazing how quickly 2014 is already rolling by. Blink and it it will be Thanksgiving. By the time you recover it’ll be Hanukkah/Christmas/Kwanzaa/Whatever-the-hell-you-clebrate! So much has happened already and I look forward to all that is yet to come.

Speaking of which, I finally have some updates on current projects starting with my very first picture book, The World’s Crummiest Umbrella. The book will soon be available on Amazon brought to you by the great people at Wandering in the Words press. I am incredibly excited about being able to share this story with you all as it’s one I’ve wanted to tell for some time. To give you a taste of the story, this is the blurb written by my editor for the back cover:

Once there was a boy who received the world’s crummiest umbrella.
It was a gift from his mother, and he couldn’t believe she would do this to him. The umbrella was huge, multicolored and had a heart on a spring that popped out of the top. Ugh!  The boy knows he’ll be the laughing stock of the entire school.
But the boy soon learns that some gifts, even crummy ones, are not what they seem to be.

Intrigued yet? No? How about if I share the never-before-seen cover?

Cover-web

Release info will be available very shortly. When it’s out be sure to buy one (or five) to share with your entire family!

Next, I’m honored to be able to help a very worthwhile cause. CAPS (Comic Art Professional Society) is hosting an ongoing auction of original art to raise funds for medical care for Sharon Sakai, the wife of respected cartoonist and longtime CAPS member Stan Sakai, creator of the samurai rabbit USAGI YOJIMBO. Every Thursday they post a new set of pieces on ebay with contributions from many well known artists such as Adam Hughes, Alex Maleev, Arthur Adams, Batton Lash, Eric Powell, Jan Duursema, Jerry Ordway, Jordi Bernet, Matt Groening, Michael Allred, Mike Mignola, Bill Morrison, Tom Richmond, Michael Jantze, and the list goes on and on. For more information visit http://www.capscentral.org/. Here is my contribution which will be available to bid on soon.

Usagi_web

Last but not least for this update, there may or may not be some snazzy strides being taken in the animation/animated series community.  I’ll refrain from saying too much as I would hate to jinx any progress, but rest assured there is a LOT of work being done and quite a bit of excitement in the air. Since you all have been so supportive I’m going to break a cardinal rule of mine and share a sneak peek of a top secret character design. Ready?

Peek

That attitude! That mulish sneer! What more can you want? Stay tuned and the rest may be revealed sooner than you think. Thanks for visiting as always and keep chasing your dreams! You never know when they might let you catch them.


Memorial Day catch up

Howdy folks! Here’s what’s been going on at studio Schumacher the past couple weeks…

Last weekend was the great Big WOW! convention in San Jose which just seems to grow exponentially every year. It’s wonderful to see as there has been a definite void in Northern California cons since Wondercon moved to Anaheim a few years ago. I was there on Sunday squatting at booth 410 with my cartoonist pals Betsy Streeter and Bridgett Spicer. It was a lot of fun and I’ll definitely be attending again next year. Thanks to everyone who came by and hope everyone had fun.

As of this weekend I have finalized all interior art as well as the cover for my very first picture book, The World’s Crummiest Umbrella, to be released soon by Wandering in the Words Press. It will be available to purchase through the website as well as on Amazon. Check back here as I will be announcing the exact release date very shortly. There are some other exciting picture book/children’s literature projects in the works so this is only the beginning.

Cover image 2I have also been diligently working with my agent on animated series projects and pitches though there isn’t too much that I can share at this point. We are talking to a few networks you may have heard of though… I’ve already said too much. Just know there is a lot of thrilling things in the works which I hope to be able to share with all of you lovely people very soon. Thank you for all the support and love throughout the years!

On a final note, I hope everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day. While we enjoy our beers and BBQ let us take the time to remember what this day is actually about. Thank you to all the service men and women who bravely gave their lives defending our freedom.

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It’s almost spring…

… And I just cannot believe how fast 2014 is cruising along already. I know there has been a lapse as far as updates on this site as I focused for a bit of time on some music and songwriting (check out my music site here), but rest assured I have not been resting on my laurels on the cartooning and writing front. Here’s a bit of a rundown on what’s been happening lately here in the studio and beyond:

First, I can’t believe I haven’t shared photos on this site from my trip to LA a couple months ago! My agent booked me some really amazing meetings with some of the best animation houses on the planet and I couldn’t be more grateful. There was lots of confidential (and awesome) stuff going on in theses buildings so there are unfortunately no interior pics that I can share. While there I met some wonderful people, talked about some potentially very cool things and I look forward to sharing more as the journey continues and hope to have some news for y’all soon! In the meantime, here’s the photo tour:

If you haven’t had the chance to check it out already, my guest chapter for Betsy Streeter’s Neptune Road is live right now! This is a great sci-fi comic series and I am very proud and humbled to have been asked to take part. Click on the image below to read the chapter with accompanied by my artwork…
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Next up on the boards is the release of my first children’s picture book, The World’s Crummiest Umbrella! I’m very excited to finally have the chance to bring this story to families everywhere and none of it would be possibly without Wandering in the Words Press. They are great supporters of artists and truly believe in the people they partner with and their work. The book will be available soon and I’ll be sure to break the news here first as soon as I know!
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Thanks for the continued love and support y’all! I truly appreciate it and creating wouldn’t be worth it if there weren’t at least a few folks to enjoy it with me.

February round-up

Hello all! My recent (and ongoing) neglect of this here blog has not been in vain. There has been so much going on and as I hurry up to wait for news on the animation front, I thought I’d run down the list of other projects currently happening.

First is my upcoming picture book to be published by the wonderful folks at Wandering in the Words Press. I am nearly done with all final artwork and the book itself should be out some time in the spring. I will keep everyone posted here on release dates but don’t throw a fit like this kid, I promise the wait will soon be over…

Tantrum_2

Next up is my contribution to Betsy Streeter’s Neptune Road. As described by the creator, it is a comic about “people (misfits, hackers, criminals, lost children…) who are living on Neptune. The sunlight and air are borrowed, the planet’s core is unstable at best, and Earth thinks Neptune is a place to send anything it doesn’t want – living or not.” Catch up on the first 4 chapters at Perihelion Science Fiction before mine is released next month. Here’s a teaser from my chapter:

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My good buddy and writer extraordinaire, C.W. Cooke and I may just have some great news soon regarding our creator-owned crazy-train-of-a-comic The Guitarist. Seems that recently there is some publisher interest, though we have a few kinks to work out before pursuing this particular avenue. It’s still exciting and I can speak for both of us when I say this has been a story we’ve wanted to tell for some time! Details to follow but hold on to your hats when this bad boy is unleashed! (I also designed the logo for C.W.’s new book Solitary coming soon from Devil’s Due Publishing)

Cover_2There are a couple other really fun things happening right now which I hope to be able to talk about soon, including news and/or updates on the animated series front. Until then I hope everyone is having a productive and wild 2014!

As always, feel free to contact me via the email on my contact page to ask questions, inquire about hiring me for a project or just to say hi!


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