Virtual Yogi - Beloved, funny, humble

Catcher and spokesperson for All-American values

Yogi breaks the ice and builds trade show traffic for many kinds of clients. He’s an American legend who keeps on giving, teaching lessons of fair play, sportsmanship and teamwork. Yogi is also great for speaking engagements, when you are looking for something different.

Creating Virtual Yogi

Break the ice and build trade show traffic

Creating Virtual Yogi

Illustration

3D Sculpt

Final

From caricature illustration to interactive virtual character – magic!

Illustration

3D Sculpt

Final

From caricature illustration to interactive virtual character – magic!

“It’s deja vu
all over again!”

National treasure and icon. One of the greatest baseball players of all time, Yogi still holds several all-time MLB World Series records. He’s also famous for his “Yogi-isms”

Over the past 70 years, Yogi has been one of the most successful faces in advertising.

YOGI

He has engaged and connected with millions of fans and customers alike. His image has helped promote a wide variety of products.

“It’s deja vu
all over again!”

National treasure and icon. One of the greatest baseball players of all time, Yogi still holds several all-time MLB World Series records. He’s also famous for his “Yogi-isms”

Over the past 70 years, Yogi has been one of the most successful faces in advertising.

YOGI

He has engaged and connected with millions of fans and customers alike. His image has helped promote a wide variety of products.

“It’s an honor to
create this tribute to
my favorite baseball
player of all time.”

-Gary Jesch

“It’s an honor to
create this tribute to
my favorite baseball
player of all time.”

-Gary Jesch

YOGI BERRA SAID “THE FUTURE AIN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE!”

One of America’s most beloved sports celebrities is being reincarnated in the form of a virtual character by performance-animation artist Gary Jesch of CHOPS Live Animation.  “Virtual Yogi” is ready for stages and screens around the world in his computer-generated caricature form, ready to share his wisdom, Yogi-isms and product/services sales acumen just as he did for many decades right up to just a few years ago.

Through the permission of the Berra family and the nationally-renowned licensing/memorabilia firm Steiner Sports, Jesch is entertaining and amusing baseball fans, corporate audiences and even children in the coming months with his computer wizardry.

YOGI-ISMS COME WITH THE CHARACTER

Yogi Berra was a Baseball Hall of Fame catcher and outfielder for the New York Yankees from 1947 to 1963, winning three American League MVP Awards during his remarkable career.  He managed both the Yankees and the NY Mets and is the only major league player to own 10 World Series Championship rings. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015 by President Barack Obama just a few months after he passed at 90 years old. Such beloved sayings as “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” “When you come to a fork in the road, take it,” “Nobody goes there any more – it’s too crowded,” and dozens of others are still heard in common use every day.

COMPUTER-GRAPHICS WIZARDRY

Jesch at controls
Jesch, shown in the photo above, performs as Yogi in real time from his performance control booth. He sees and hears his audience in real time and speaks with them in his Yogi voice. Occasionally he refers to his minimal notes. “Getting to know Yogi is like drinking from a firehose – there is just so much material,” Jesch says.

THE IDEAL CELEBRITY AVATAR

“In my opinion, Yogi is the ideal celebrity to work with,” Jesch explains. “He was my dad’s age, from what we call the ‘Greatest Generation.’ He’s well-remembered and he has a huge following of baseball fans and friends around the world.  Yogi was known for his humility, his sense of fair play, sportsmanship and getting along with everyone.  He loved his family and he has a great life story. This is my tribute to his life, using my unique art form.”

ALL-STAR ARTISTS TEAM UP CREATIVELY

Jesch assembled an “all-star” team of artists in order to create his avatar.  A caricature artist who goes by the name of DonkeyHotey did the original illustration based on a famous Yogi photograph. Then that art served as a reference for 3D animator Isaac Oster of Austin, TX, a 3D character specialist, while Tom Knight of Laguna Nigel, CA, handled the final stages of development and creation, working alongside Jesch for more than four weeks to completion.  Motion capture files were purchased from Motus in the Netherlands and facial morphs came from Polywink in France. The stadium background is a fine piece of 3D art by Kuba, a 3D artist from Warsaw, Poland, who developed a model of Yankee Stadium complete with a crowd!

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