Radio Disney Music Awards

One of the coolest projects I got to work on this year was the Radio Disney Music Awards.

Since Radio Disney had never done any broadcast work before we were given the freedom to have fun with it. Their only requirement was it had to be cooler than another branch of the Disney empire, which just had a recent rebrand. Nothing like some good old sibling rivalry, huh?

I whipped out my sketchpad for this one and went to town (actually, I drew most of these while on a couple of flights to and from Seattle). We came up with this buzzing tower that was driving all the information, with Ardy, the golden mickey statue, (Ardy = RD = Radio Disney… oh you clever marketing folks) being thrust up into the spotlight and eventually the stage of the awards show.

We went through a number of styles once the boards were approved, eventually settling on a mix between Tron, Oblivion and an Apple store. They really loved glowing lights over glossy white walls. The show had partnered with Vinylmation to make the actual award (the guys making the kid-robot knockoffs they sell in the Disney parks), and we worked closely with them to get the look of our statue just perfect.

the 3rd style was done by Blake Newton

That’s when everything just kinda blew up. In a good way, of course! They loved the spot so much that, in addition to airing on TV, they began airing it in Time Square. We even got an email from “Big Bob” (Bos Iger, the CEO of the entire Disney Company to us lay folk) saying how pleased he was with it. He complimented us for “promoting synergy between Disney and Vinylmation”. That’s not a joke, he literally said we were promoting synergy. I’m putting that on my resume, Jason Porter – Synergy Promoter. After that, they had us create the graphics for the actual awards show.

To top it off, we were given tickets to go to the show (and after party too!) The awards show was pretty cool, having never been to a red carpet hollywood event, I was pretty excited about the whole thing. And just when I didn’t think this whole project could get any cooler, the opening dance number/video that kicked the show off was completely based off the animation I did of Ardy putting his headphones on. It was a surreal moment seeing the Biebs dance to my animation. Jason Porter – Choreographer to the Stars.

Two Turtle Doves

Merry Christmas Internet!!

Since the world didn’t end I figured I’d wish everyone a happy holidays (even though it’s May right now…)

For my christmas card this year I continued on with my Twelve Days of Christmas. Even though this is the second year, the idea of doing Two Turlte Doves as Ninja Turtles with the words “Cowabunga Christmas” was the first concept I had for doing the whole series (that and Sonic the Hedgehog themed 5 Golden Rings).

I knew I wanted to have two flying birds positioned like a playing card, but coming up with a design was a challenge. Was it supposed to be two doves had turtle qualities, or turtles that had little dove wings. I spent the first couple of version design the latter, but nothing quite fit. Then one day my wife and I were watching some movie with a band in it, I think it was The Runaways, and the drummer had a cool looking dove on the kick drum. It was perfect! I hit pause, grabbed some paper and quickly drew a sketch that turned out to be fairly close to the final outcome.

original sketch

It was a no-brainer choosing which turtles for the doves, Donatello being my wife’s favorite and Raphael being mine.
I do wish I had spent more time on the Back Text, it feels a bit forced to me. I think it would have been better to create it from scratch instead of altering a pre-existing font, but it still turned out nice.

Another thing I was really happy to get in with this year’s card was the ornament logo at the bottom. I wanted something that would tie the whole series together and I couldn’t come up with a design I loved till this year. When this project is all said and done (in 2023!) I’m planning on getting all 12 cards framed with the logo above them all. Perhaps carved out of some dark wood?