Proverbs For The Painfully Aware

Proverbs For The Painfully Aware

Posted by Brian Hischier

Several years back, I wrote and illustrated a short cartoon book called “Proverbs for the Painfully Aware.” You can download a pdf version of the book right here, or you can buy yourself (or an enemy or a loved one) a lovely physical copy at Lulu.com. Here’s the blurb: Eighteen proverbs written to give humanity […]

Nature Photography

Nature Photography

Posted by Brian Hischier

The more I shoot, the more I realize that anything can become a photograph. Nature doesn’t fit that description, but sometimes it feels like it does. Many of these photographs are developed to reflect old darkroom processes. While the Instagram craze has watered down the style somewhat, I tried to make each one of these […]

Dark Light: Architecture Photography Series

Dark Light: Architecture Photography Series

Posted by Brian Hischier

This is an early exploration of light, darkness, and architecture. And by “exploration” I mean a quest to shoot something cool. Several of these are for sale at Transistor in Chicago. A very fine store, yes it is.

Surfaces: A Photo Series

Surfaces: A Photo Series

Posted by Brian Hischier

I’ve never been a big fan of abstraction, but flipping, cropping, and de-illuminating architectural surfaces fascinates me. So maybe I’m a bigger fan of abstraction than I thought. This set of photos is part of my ongoing Surfaces series.

The Hitmaker

The Hitmaker

Posted by Brian Hischier

The last of the three Lost Tales of the Chicago Fire sketch films was easily the biggest hit, both amongst the writers and the audience members. Audiences cheered loudly at this one and it’s all Greiner’s fault. Written and starring Matt Greiner, it tells the story of a very deluded individual engaging in the never […]

The Instant Detective: A Moe Chandler Mystery

The Instant Detective: A Moe Chandler Mystery

Posted by Brian Hischier

Of the three Lost Tales of the Chicago Fire sketch films, I’m most proud of this one. It had great performances and excellent lighting work by Chris Vinopal that made my attempts at crafting a film noir movie much easier. As the internet moves forward, the references will grow out of date, so watch it […]

Late For Love: Sketch Comedy Short Film

Late For Love: Sketch Comedy Short Film

Posted by Brian Hischier

In 2011, I was part of a sketch writing team that put on a comedy show called The Lost Tales of the Chicago Fire in…wait for it…Chicago. We all wrote sketches, edited each other’s work, and made the best sketches we could. I wasn’t able to take part in the live performances (new baby), but I was […]

The Antagonists: Unholy Hooky

The Antagonists: Unholy Hooky

Posted by Brian Hischier

This is the last of The Antagonists “Cartoons That Move But Not Really.” This one stars a little devil and angel I made that had appeared in many other Antagonists cartoons, but none that really had the feel of this one. As soon as this one was finished, tragedy struck  and I abandoned the project.

The Antagonists: The Puppets, Episodes 4-6

The Antagonists: The Puppets, Episodes 4-6

Posted by Brian Hischier

The last three episodes of the puppet Antagonists, Fezor and the Puppet Salamander. I was starting to really enjoy these guys. Puppets seemed to me like the perfect foils to philosophy, which I have an uneasy relationship with.

The Antagonists: The Puppets, Episodes 1-3

The Antagonists: The Puppets, Episodes 1-3

Posted by Brian Hischier

The Antagonists is a series of  video comic strips I made some years back in an effort to make the comic strip medium suitable for 21st century modes of consumption. They aren’t animation, but they are comic strips that move. But not really. To be resurrected one of these days.

Ana Stasis: Short Film Sketch

Ana Stasis: Short Film Sketch

Posted by Brian Hischier

The more I make short films, the less I think of them as “films” per se. They feel more like sketches, rough drafts with a good feel, the pencil drawings that will never make into a final painting, but were instrumental in developing an idea. I think every artist feels warmth toward his sketches. I […]

Dizzy: A Short Film About Motherhood

Dizzy: A Short Film About Motherhood

Posted by Brian Hischier

I wrote and directed (and cut, etc) this short film for the Windie City Film Festival 2011. We had Saturday and Sunday to shoot, with delivery at an office on Chicago’s west side by 6pm Monday.  Our timing was off, though. The film festival didn’t realize that our daughter’s first birthday party was on Saturday. […]

Playing Cards: Photography

Playing Cards: Photography

Posted by Brian Hischier

A lot of art is accidental. I shot these photos as part of a hand-modeling audition. They had asked for snapshots of our hands “doing stuff,” so I set up a background, added a light and a reflector, and played with cards while the camera shot on automatic timer. I developed them, packaged them up, […]

“Burning Hour” from Lost Tales of the Chicago Fire

“Burning Hour” from Lost Tales of the Chicago Fire

Posted by Brian Hischier

In 2011, eight of my friends and I got together to write an evening of sketch comedy. Several of us had trained at Second City, IO, and The Annoyance. We enjoyed improv, but we wanted to do something more restrained. We wrote for several months, booked the show, and performed it in the spring of […]

Outside the Small Forest: A Landscape

Outside the Small Forest: A Landscape

Posted by Brian Hischier

The third of the landscape film sketches. This one is more purely landscape than the second one. I tried to make the grass as artificial as possible. Large swaths of painted grass amuse me.

Dead Houses: A Landscape

Dead Houses: A Landscape

Posted by Brian Hischier

The second film sketch in which I tried to make landscape the focus. Oddly enough, the architecture and the graves became more of the subject. Landscape, once again, is relegated to the background.

Cold Spring: A Landscape Short Film

Cold Spring: A Landscape Short Film

Posted by Brian Hischier

The following short film sketch was made in 2010. I’ve always been fascinated by the landscape as a subject, but in films it seems to have been left behind, serving only as decoration, stage, or consequence. This was the first short film sketch I made attempting to explore that idea. Click on the thumbnail to […]

The New Amnesium

The New Amnesium

Posted by Brian Hischier

In the past I’ve tried to ram everything I think about and/or do into one website. That gets a little overwhelming and nobody likes to come to an overwhelming website. The new Amnesium.net website is, therefore, extremely focused: this is where I put any information related to my artwork: its creation, its distribution, its updates, […]