The Game – 2010 Game 12 November 22, 2010

The greatest rivalry in college football? It certainly hasn’t felt like it for the last decade as Ohio State has dominated Michigan, winning 8 of 10 games since 2000.

This week’s wallpaper is an artistic expression of the questions I’m asking as a Michigan fan. Will the darkness cast by the dominance of our bitter rival continue to spread, lending credibility to the sentiment that the program is eroding, or is the growth we’ve seen this year a genuine indicator of a future return to glory? I’m a defensive optimist at heart, so this season I’ve maintained realistic expectations while believing that better days are ahead.

I wanted the artwork for ‘The Game’ to capture the epic feel of the rivalry. My initial concept called for colliding planets, but I like the simplicity of one planet where the battle is fought over the same land. I also wanted the artwork to have an otherworldly feel, like how the rivalry would look if it was interpreted as a photo-real animated film where the good guys are represented by light and life and growth, and the bad guys are all shadow and concrete and harsh technology. I’m not sure if the message is any stronger here than it is with some of my simpler artwork (i.e. Maize is Blue) but I enjoyed the challenge of creating something with a high level of depth and detail.

How it was made

I’ve captured the creation of this week’s wallpaper artwork and sped up the footage to condense a whole bunch of hours (more than I care to admit) into a little under 5 minutes of video. If you like edge-of-your-seat action and nonstop excitement, then you probably shouldn’t bother to watch this video.

Michigan Football Schedule Wallpaper 2010 - Ohio State


  1. Absolutely love the backgrounds, have been waiting for your interpretation of ‘The Game’; job well done, worth the wait! Can’t wait for a bowl season wallpaper (and next years)! Hope you can continue on with these.

  • Awesome artwork! Thanks for taking the time to create all the great artwork this season. My iPad’s home screen has never looked cooler!

  • un effing believable…..

  • Love these backgrounds. I’ve download the “Action Figure”, UConn, Indiana, Bowling Green, Penn St., and now this background and I love them. Keep up the great work and I can’t wait for the Bowl Game background.

    If you are up for suggestions, I have one. Can you make a background of next years schedule with a great picture of the new Big House?

    GO BLUE!

  • As a current VisCom student, I can really appreciate the work you’ve done this season, and I like the addition of the videos. Thanks for doing this.

  • DMac, Yes! (pumps fist) There are now two confirmed iPads worldwide with my wallpapers on them (you and me). Glad you like the artwork.

  • Tony, an off-season wallpaper with next year’s schedule is a good idea. I’ll have to look into finding a nice, super high resolution image of the bigger Big House.

  • very super mario galaxy-esque. fantastic work as always. and please keep doing the making-of videos! they remind me of the closing credits on pixelperfect.

  • Epic Wallpaper is Epic!

  • I’ve been downloading and using these at work. You’ve done an awesome job at these artworks. Kudos to you. Greener days ahead!!!!

  • Jeremy,

    I really don’t know how to put into words how awesome this background is. I was expecting a lot from you on this one, and you still blew my expectations out of the water.


    I really love seeing the video as well. I especially appreciate seeing the ideas that you tried and eventually took back out (like the trumpets/trees behind the Big House).

    GO BLUE!

  • I’ve been using these every week as my backgrounds on all my computers and I just wanted to say thanks! Your talents are prodigious and it’s great that you’re willing to share them with the online Michigan community!

  • Killed it, my friend. The video is a perfect example of the creative process and how your decision-making evolves over the course of the project. I might want to use your video in a future class, with your permission… Keep up the fantastic work

  • Six Zero, I’d be happy for you to use the video in a future class. I have a high Quicktime movie that I will share with you. Send me an email at if you decide to use the video and I’ll send it along.

  • Awesome and inspirational work! Can’t wait to see your next work for the bowl game! GO BLUE!!

  • Can you update this with the score and some fireworks in the background? “7 in a row” would be great too. Just throwing it out there.


  • Hey Jason^, go fist yourself.

    And Jeremy, this is amazing. A job well done! Keep it up!

  • Could not take my eyes off the video. Excellent stuff. Shout out from San Francisco, CA.

    Quick question: the program you used to form the M and O?

  • Julio, the M and O were created in Cinema 4D. It’s a great mid-level pro 3D tool. Not as powerful as 3D Studio Max but much more affordable.

  • Thanks, Jeremy. You just made a new fan.

  • This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I enjoy seeing websites that understand the value of providing a prime resource for free. I truly loved reading your post. Thanks!

  • i like it

  • Wow, just came across this. Amazing work man. Do you take requests? If so, could you just take the schedule off and the text under the M off….. I would love to use this on my PS3 as a background running on my Samsung 55 inch tv. That would be amazing.

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