Monday, March 31, 2014

Ben Ten Omniverse 2 Game Cover



                                             This was illustrated back in June for CN....

Saturday, March 22, 2014

...then there was that time that the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade got Rick Rolled.....

Back in 2008, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends was a pretty popular show for Cartoon Network.
That year we wanted to have a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and I was fortunate enough to help with the overall concept. I got to go to NYC and work with the puppeteers and to help choreograph the performance. It was a great experience. 
I did some of the conceptualization and put together the crude movie above to help sell the idea to the network brass. I think the whole thing was the show creator's idea...the brilliant Mr. Craig McKracken. I'm not sure if he also came up with the idea of getting "Rick Rolled" in the middle of the performance.
Here's a link to the actual performance....epic!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Connected-2.0

This is a little poem I wrote six years ago after reading some reader comments following a politically charged online article. All I did was update some of the references to bring it into this decade. I'm particularly proud of the second stanza.

Connected

Oh what a contentious world the interweb hath wrought
Tweets, Pins and Walls to post our every random thought
One says it's black, another claims it's white
And neither even bothers to try and spell it right

Pixelated pundits purveying pugilistic prose
Donning threadbare pajamas and socks with holey toes
Geniuses and dunces dance cheek to cheek in bliss
Spewing digital dogma into the great Abyss

There's an App for this and a page for that
An entire site dedicated to a former family cat
There are sites seldom seen and sites too well worn
And a half a billion (!) pages with every kind of porn

Oh, the benefits are many for this gilded online age
But I sort of miss the texture of the ancient printed page
And paying bills online is actually very nice
But we've a million terabyte pipeline for every human vice.

And what is the benefit of all this cyber noise?
Does the Information Age enhance our earthly joys?
Or has this Superhighway on which our world relies
Become our road to ruin...
Sped up our slow demise?

A certain Pop Art prophet* was famous for the claim
That one day we would all have our quarter hour's fame
Now thanks to Twitter, Facebook and the same
No less than fifteen people can be familiar my name...

©2014 by Jim Valeri

*Andy Worhol

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Product Concepts

I love to come up with or execute somebody else's product ideas. Sometimes I'm given a vague idea of what the client wants and sometimes it's very specific. It's not necessarily an exercise in amazing art creation, but I still enjoy is the process of creative problem solving and integrating characters in a meaningful way to a prescribed function. These were done last year for a pitch to licensees probably more as inspiration than for final production.
storage hooks

activity table

meal set

pillow playset

um....hooks

jewelry box with integrated clock


meal set


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Delish Delights

My wife and I worked on these packaging concepts a few years back for a well known toy company that was looking into expanding into a little upscale confectionary line at the time. Kara came up with the names, labels, palettes, patterns, fonts as well as some inspiration boards and I basically just helped to comp up the packaging. Looking at it again now, I think it looks pretty yummy. Good job honey!