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.....

video
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!





Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Zombify Your Pet

My sister asked me to make her dog Henry into a zombie. I was determined not to spend more than 20 minutes at this task and this is the result. The odd part is that this little dude is a holy terror anyway. He will and has tried to bite everyone in the family and anything that moves for that matter so I see no irony in the transformation....but I love my sister so....
I think I might start offering this as a service to my clients.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Noodies

This was a character called a "Noodie"that Cartoon Network used on air for interstitials and such a few years ago. I was tasked back then with coming up with poses and illustrating them to look CG rendered... for what reason, I cannot recall.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Character Explorations


These were done for an unnamed client looking for character designs for an unnamed project about a year ago. Where it's at now, or if anything was used is of course....unknown.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Nono's were No Go's


These were sketched up many moons ago (rather hastily) for an Novelty inventor I knew as an idea for a line of plush that simply would say, "No no" when activated. I think the idea is that as you cared for and cuddled them, they would eventually get to "yes".......or something.
To be honest, I don't know know what he was thinking.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Skylanders Toy Concepts




I did these about a year and a half ago for a client so I'm guessing it's safe to show them now. As usual, I'm not sure which, if any of them were produced.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Rolling Luggage

Here are some comps for kids rolling luggage done awhile back while at TDS. I really wanted to see the robot from Toy Story 3 manufactured but the vendor couldn't pull it off with enough margin to meet the pre-determined price point....ah, retail.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Operation J.O.E. (Jolly Old Elf)

This is the e-card I whipped up & sent to my colleagues and clients this week..........Merry Christmas all! Thanks for stopping by....

















Saturday, December 21, 2013

My Gym Partner's A Monkey

More from the archives... PVC figures and packaging for an Emmy Award winning Cartoon Network show from a few years ago. The creators, Tim & Julie Cahill were great folks to work with...very cool and funny people. I loved doing this kind of stuff.....the final product came out nice I think.





Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Put On A Fashion Face

I used to work with a vendor in the City of Industry that helped us out with these large character sculptures for Cartoon Network. They really had no purpose other than as corporate headquarter decorations.



As it so happens, this company is also one of the world's largest producers of retail fashion Mannequin's. It was just so bizarre, not to mention creepy to see walls of faces and bins and racks full of arms and legs. They even had a whole room dedicated to hands and feet....The image below was captured on one of my many visits.

I asked the co-owner if there was some sort of law in the fashion world against producing mannequin's that smiled. She rubbed her chin in true introspection and mumbled, "I don't know. I've never really thought of that before."


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

String Doll Gangsta

My lovely and talented wife and I teamed up for this little product portfolio a couple of years ago. These little string dolls are made of a single piece of string. Each has a backstory and a special, sometimes protective power such as the ability to "protect you from people who have bad taste in music."










Saturday, November 9, 2013

Fraggle to the Max

I did these a few years ago for Jim Henson Co. as part of a style guide. Obviously done as a Peter Max homage.....I did them in Corel Painter.