"You should kiss the ground you walk on if you were born in this country— take it from an old man who once had to wear the Star of David on his shirt. There’s a safety to living in such a diverse place. It’s much more difficult to brainwash a population that is composed of so many different nationalities and so many different viewpoints."
The year is 1730. A lone teenage girl sits up at 11 pm writing frantically in her diary. ‘WOE IS ME!!! I CAN NOT BELIEVE SHAKESPEARE RN WHY DID HE MAKE ROMIET CANON’
Now that we had started working on the backgrounds, we needed to work on the Character Design. Of course, we had references with the books. But Daniel Pennac had invented a great number of characters in his script. That is when we asked Sei to work on those characters.
Sei was a young talented artist coming from Les Gobelins, an animation school in France. Her talent is as huge as the sound level of her laughs.
Adapting the characters of Ernest and Célestine was not an easy thing. The first reason was that Gabrielle Vincent didn’t always draw them in the same way. Here is an example of the evolution of Célestine over time. The first drawing comes from the first book, the last comes from the last book.
After a while, we started creating our own Célestine. Of course she was at first inspired by the book, but we needed to change some details. Her nose was slightly shorter, her eyes bigger… She became more and more expressive under our pencils until she finally became the little mouse that you can see today in the film.
Ernest was easier to work on. After a while we managed to create a nice design for him as well.
For each of these characters, we needed to give animators information that they would use to draw Ernest and Célestine. That information was quite important, as it helped the animators draw the little details that make Ernest or Celestine special.
After that, Sei had to work on the supporting characters. We always tried to find references in the books. Here is a character in “Ernest and Celestine in the Museum.” He is the manager of a museum, and was used to create George, the manager of the shop “Le Roi du Sucre” in the film.
Here is a photo of Ernest when he was young, found in “Ernest and Célestine go to the photographer.” It helped us create Leon, Georges’s son.
Other characters were created that had to be fully imagined by Sei. She took inspiration from Daniel Pennac’s writing and I tried to sketch how I was imagining them. Here are sketches of an old rat called The Grey One, the Head Dentist, and the Bear Police Chief.
Sei’s work is one of the most important steps of a film. The models need to be very charismatic and not too complicated so any animator can draw him or her. She worked about one complete year before we had a complete lineup of all the characters. She designed more than 170 characters and did an amazing job despite my worthless interventions…
So here we are with our character designs. Now let’s see more about the animation…
Cover art for the future.
Chapter 1’s reboot should be up this weekend.
IM LAUGHIN SO HARD
you can see the exact moment where it realizes how bad it fucked up
OMG I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SEE THIS AGAIN
GUYS GO WATCH THIS RIGHT NOW YOU WON’T REGRET IT
this is amazing ////O____O////
age limits on things more like stop it
THIS. THIS right here IS ALL I HAVE LEFT TO DO for chapter 1!
Last week was horrible after livestream murdered my computer. I’ve been wiped out for other personal family reasons, and this is it. Just backgrounds, hatching, “prettifying”, covers, and reading over for typos. ALMOST THEREEEE!
This is going to be posted ASAP since I missed my deadline. I wanted to show I’m still working on it. Freshened up scenes! New scenes! More info! Better art! \xux/ I’m so sorry it’s taken longer than planned.
3 more chapters to go.