Christopher Schiefer is a young Concept Artist, currently living in Chemnitz, Germany. Surprisingly, Christopher first discovered digital whilst he was working his old job way back in 2012. “I was working as a Graphics Programmer and a Technical Artist before I knew about Digital painting.” He told us. After that, he would go on to spend the next four years creating over a thousand paintings. Christopher was working tirelessly to improve through continued practice, art courses and a mentorship with none other than Wojtek Fus. If you take a look at the things he produced in 2012 – comparing it to the work he’s doing now – you’ll see that hard work really does pay off […]
About the Project
Key Frame is made up of a small group of individuals who have a keen interest in Japanese pop culture. Each and every one of us appreciates creative animation, meaningful art and music. This is why we chose to make this project and write about all of these things to our heart’s content. This section will be updated with new content every forthnight, so you’ve definitely got something to look forward to!
Our section is dedicated to Japanese animation and manga, but also open to aspiring creators from around the world. The aim is simple: to make all of these things more accessible and invite you to look at them in greater depth. It’s important to note that some hidden gems—like Kyousougiga, Ping Pong the Animation and The Tatami Galaxy—are often boasting a unique art direction, and every episode brims with visual metaphors for the viewer to explore and interpret.
But that’s not all that matters. Understanding these mediums has more to do with context than knowing the ins and outs of commonly used film techniques. I feel that you have to get to grips with the culture surrounding it—allowing you to meet the people who are fighting hard to keep the industry alive to this day. In overview, this is what Key Frame is all about.
Of course, there will be a few one-off articles where we look at random things that come up as we go along. Maybe there will be a piece on the rise of Japanese Shoegaze in the distant future, or maybe not. How am I supposed to know? After all, we have to keep some things to ourselves or else you guys won’t be coming back for more! (⌒▽⌒)ゞ
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