Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Claus Kids Backgrounds, Logo, Games, & Design

Things here have been pretty busy lately and I am incredibly thankful for all the projects that have been flowing in since starting Jayro Design / Illustration.

One of which will be a great holiday treat for kids. It's a project I'm working on for Kurtz Art Studio (you may know them for the Goldfish cracker fish characters) called Claus Kids. It centers around some new characters and a new adventure story in the North Pole at Christmas. There will be a book, a website with animated movies, games and interactive features and an iPad app available this holiday season. It's been a small passionate team working together to get everything done, and I think it will be a great experience for kids when it's completed. As things are launched, I will post links.

This is the first time I've worked directly with John Kurtz, but also with my long-time friend and fellow Ringling graduate, Jon Henshaw of Toonalooney Studios. Jon is providing all the Flash animation of the characters for the site and is doing an incredible job.

It's rare to find projects where you're not just the "________ guy" (fill in the blank of said job duty). Since this has been such a small operation, I've been really lucky to be involved in providing pretty much all the background illustrations for the animation, designing the UI's and intro screens for the web games and iPad apps, designing the logo, and other things that pop up. It's been really nice to have an opportunity like this, and John and everyone at Kurtz Art Studio has been great to work with.

I will keep you posted as things progress, but for now here are a few tidbits. These are backgrounds for a few of the locations within the story. All done in Illustrator CS5.

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