Friday, May 28, 2010

I don't quite understand this myself.



Somehow, I find myself the winner of a Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Achievement on an Animated Television Series.
The award is for character designs I created for a show within a show on Sesame Street, called Abby's Flying Fairy School.
I'm very happy to get this award (hell, I'm happy to get any award) but it's still mysterious to me.
The Emmy's are like the Oscar's in that there are nominees who must wait for the evening of the event and the tearing of the envelope to see who finally wins. For some reason, my category, Outstanding etc., is the only one that is prejudged so I don't even get to look shocked, nervously unfold my crumpled speech and forget to mention my wife. I do, however, get the swell statuette as seen above.
The gig came about completely by accident when I bumped into an acquaintance, Ronda Music, at my local coffee shop. She told me about this show she was producing and would I consider doing some designs for it. I said, "Absolutely not! No Way. I'm busy working on my children's book and it would be suicide for me to try and do anything more."
I started work that afternoon.
I have always loved the Muppets (talk about pleasing character design!). If anyone has ever honed in on what makes a character appealing, it was Jim Henson and it was fun using his visual vocabulary. My only regret is that they aren't actual, real-life Muppets (the show is CG). I would love a chance to design one of them!


Gonnegan


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A Gerbilcorn ( a gerbil/unicorn)


Miss Sparklenose

35 comments:

  1. Congrats, Peter!! These designs are wonderful. I would love to see some actual physical puppets/muppets designed by you.

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  2. Awesome! I wish I still watched shows like Sesame Street, there's still a lot to be appreciated even after you've grown up.

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  3. Jim Henson is a genius and you have definitely carried that over in your designs. Congratulations!

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  4. Congrats! I've seen that segment a LOT lately.... I've got a two year old.

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  5. My goodness- you should be swelling with pride right now!

    Congrats Peter!

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  6. Congrats nonetheless! Perhaps mysterious awards are the best? Your illustration work is fantastic.

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  7. Haha, awesome! Congrats on the award, you sure deserve it *_*

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  8. Congratulation man! Its so sweet! :)

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  9. Congratulations! You deserve it!

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  10. Congratulations Peter! they are wonderful designs. I would love to see more short form pieces on Seasame Street, like the old days, in more of a sketchy hand drawn style like your sketches. thanks for sharing and hurray for your emmy!

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  11. Wow! That's exciting. Congratulations! Love the character designs (especially Miss Sparklenose). How, fun to work with Sesame Street. They have some of the most memorable animated shorts. Enjoy your Emmy!

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  12. Congrats on winning an Emmy!!!!! I love the characters you created :)

    xo,
    Meggan

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  13. Peter, so glad to hear this! I was the art director and head designer on the show at SpeakeasyFX. We loved your concept sketches for AFFS. Hopefully where we took them and the rest of the world we created around them meets your standards :)

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  14. Congratulations Peter! Well deserved

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  15. Congratulations.

    The gerbilcorn is an inspiration.

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  16. Congrats for this Award Peter. It matches very well with your clio. I wish you could have design characters of Avenue Q. Talking about awards, I can't wait your upcoming report about being a Jury at next Annecy Festival !

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  17. Amazing designs and of course well deserved award as well!

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  18. How exciting for you, Peter. Congratulations

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  19. Congrats Peter. Your designs are wonderful. Full of expression. Way to go! Well deserved.
    Cheers!

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  20. LOL that's awesome. At least they told you you won one and it didn't just show up randomly in the mail one day. But congrats, and I really like the character sketches.

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  21. My nephew loves your characters and I think they would make wonderful mupets :)

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  22. wuoaaahh great!
    also, I'm totally in love with your style and the palette you use in every single drawing! Congrats!

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  23. ¡Felicidades! ¡Me gusta Blog!

    Deliciosamente monstruoso..jejeje

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  24. I love all of the characters you've created; especially the Gerbilcorn, Niblet. I wish there were puppet versions of all of them-- and dolls for purchase too...

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  26. I went through your drawings and illustrations on google and your blog. This is so beautiful. It makes my day.

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