Friday, December 30, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mele Kalikimaka

Mele Kalikimaka, that’s the island greeting that we 
send to you from the land where palm trees sway. 

— Lyrics by R. Alex Anderson

Merry Christmas.
See you next year!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Jim Valeri

Jim is a terrific artist working well both in traditional graphic media and digitally. Much of his career he has worked in product design and more specifically in toy design. Currently he is an illustrator/ Graphic designer/ product designer for the Disney Store.

2005, birthday 
in the style of Mort Walker’s “Beetle Bailey.” 
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At Disney Consumer Products (DCP), we both worked in the same “house” as character artists from the start of my career in licensing and marketing and he already with the Pooh group, until I left and while he was heading up the toy group when DCP re-organized away from being property based over to lines-of-business based.

We would later work together under the “Cartoon” house, although I was in the Atlanta based part and he in the Burbank cased part on the other side of the country.

Jim’s blog: 

[more Jim, 2009:]

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Brian McGee

Brian and I worked concurently as young artists at Disney Consumer Products for a few years, although as large as business was never on the same things. With random pieces of mail or phone calls people would get us confused, with us having the same name and same last intial.

To stave off more of that, I tried to to get people to refer to him as “Good Brian” to my “Bad Bryan.” That never caught on, and in that neither did my establishment of a bad boy reputation.

in the style of Tom Wilson’s “Ziggy”. 
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Brain has solid drawing skills and a dramatic color sense. He also has a background drawing storyboards.

A few years later Brian was hired by Cartoon to specialize in digital illustration. Of note, he digitally painted the cover of a “Harvey Birdman” video game and several “Ben 10” DVD covers.

Brian’s blog:

[more Brian, 2009:]