Who does not know the characters of Peter de Sève from films such as Ice Age, Finding Nemo, and Zootopia? Peter de Sève is considered one of the best in the discipline of character design and is an award-winning illustrator. De Sève’s art is rich in detail and sensitive, while at the same time he has his own ability to bring out the characters’ lived lives and history in his subtle strokes. In his masterclass, he will go through his creative process and demonstrate methods to bring out the special emotional expression that animation characters require to get the public’s attention.
Peter de Sève
Peter de Sève’s work spans four decades and various media, including magazines, books, television commercials, Broadway posters, and character designs for animated feature films. He is perhaps best recognized for his many covers for The New Yorker Magazine and his character designs for the blockbuster Ice Age franchise (Scrat is a veritable international celebrity). De Sève has also contributed to such films as Finding Nemo, Robots, The Little Prince, and The Grinch to name only a few. His many distinctions include the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators, and an Emmy Award for best character design in a television show (Sesame Street). In 2016 he was inducted into the Society of Illustrator’s Hall of Fame, that organization’s highest honor. Recently, de Sève has contributed to various animation projects for Walt Disney Feature Animation, Universal, and various productions in Norway and France. Most recently he worked as the lead character designer for Netflix’s recently acquired Roald Dahl franchise, which includes among other classic stories, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Heikki Jokinen has been a freelance journalist and critic since 1986. He has an M.A. in political science and comparative cultural research. His articles have been published in over 125 newspapers and magazines around the world. He has written or edited 20 books and lectured at art universities on five continents. Jokinen has been a member of more than twenty juries and selection committees on the film festivals including Annecy, Stuttgart, and Zagreb animation festivals. In the 1990s, he was a member of the Animerte Dagers festival and selection committees. Jokinen is the former vice-president of ASIFA. He has been chair of the Finnish Animation Association, the Finnish Critics’ Association, and the Finnish Comics Society. Now, he is a board member of Cartoon – European Association of Animation Film and chair of Kopiosto, the collective management organisation for reprographic and audiovisual authors’ copyright.