At the 7th Annual IndiMountain Film Festival, Artist Peter de Seve gave students an insiders view of the creative process that led him to develop some of the best-known characters in animated films. De Seve showed the audience a drawing from his childhood and stepped through some of the main influences in his academic and career path.
Peter de Sève’s illustration and character designs are known throughout the world. His work spans three decades and various media, including magazines, books, print and television advertising, animated feature films and magazines. Best recognized for his many New Yorker covers and his character designs for the three blockbuster Ice Age movies (“Scrat” is now an international icon) de Sève has also contributed to such films as Mulan, A Bug’s Life, Tarzan, and Finding Nemo.
His many distinctions include the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators, a Clio Award for a Nike television commercial, a Spectrum Annual of Fantastic Art gold medal, a Soleil d’Or award from the Festival BD Sollies-Ville in France, and a Visual Effects Society Award nomination for outstanding animated character design for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
Peter was honored with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Character design for his work on Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby’s Flying Fairy School. He has received three Annie Award nominations for Character Design in a Feature Production, the most recent for his work on Arthur Christmas.
He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, Randall (with whom he recently collaborated on his first children’s book, The Dutchess of Whimsy) and their two daughters, Paulina and Fia.