Monday, July 16, 2012

A decade has now passed since I did my very first designs for the Ice Age franchise. And though the series is perhaps a little gray around the tusks, it shows no real signs of slowing down--at least according to the Almighty Box Office. Ice Age, Continental Drift is apparently breaking all kinds of records overseas and isn't exactly tanking at home either. And yes, I have my quibbles with the final result but I won't use my space here to delve into them. The little ones seem to be enjoying the film anyway, so who am I to argue?





Instead, now that the movie is finally released, I would like to share some of the drawings I did this time out. As usual, Blue Sky Studios has delivered a gorgeous movie, and I am once again honored to have worked alongside so many amazingly talented people in order to get these characters up on the screen. 



The Sirens.
                                       
Silas, a salty petrel.

Sid's Granny.


Dobson, like a few other characters I designed for this film, ended up having a non speaking part.

A hyrax learns how not to ride an eohippus (who is not in the film).


The squid didn't make the cut either.

Nope. No horses.


Squint, a nasty looking bunny pirate, was originally written as the pirate captain and leader of our villains.



It was fun to finally figure out what Sid's Uncle Fungus actually looked like. He was referred to only once in the history of the franchise. In fact, it was in Sid's very first scene.

Granny takes a bath, oblivious to the prehistoric sharks who also, by the way, did not make it into the film either.


Captain Gutt was originally written as a bear, but frankly,  I could never  nail him down in a drawing.  Somehow,  I just got the feeling that ursine was not the way to go.
It was only when I stumbled on the idea of making him an orangutan that things started to flow. What creature could be more at home swinging from the rigging? I think the animators were very relieved to have a character they could really have fun with and one who wasn't simply a biped. After all, an ape has four hands to work with.

Louis, the mole hog in love with Manny's teenage daughter,  Peaches.

A siren from the films creepiest sequence. Boy, lighting and materials did an incredible job on these guys!

And of course, there is Scrat. Always the survivor.






As requested, a few more Gutts.

These first two are early versions.

This one and the next are closer to the finished design.


34 comments:

  1. Beautiful work as always, Peter! alwasy a pleasure to study your work!

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  2. I love the squid... and everything!!!

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  3. Man what would I give to work alongside you one day..

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  4. Awesome work - very inspiring! Thanks for sharing your brilliant drawings! I love the villainous bunny pirate. What an excellent combination.

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  5. Fantastic!
    Any chance you can post more development sketches for Captain Gutt?
    Thanks for the post!

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    1. Sure, Jack. Let me see what I can dig up.

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    2. Thank you so much for the additional Capt. Gutt sketches, Peter. Beautiful!
      Am I crazy or am I seeing some digital sketching mixed in with your pencil work (especially in the later Gutt studies)?
      If so, might we see a future blog entry about your experience with drawing digitally?
      Thanks again! Your work is an inspiration.

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  6. Wow! Peter, I love your work. Regards.

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  7. This is an overload of awesomeness!!

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  8. That first picture sums up your Ice Age career in a nutshell... :)

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  9. Great stuffs Peter! Really enjoyed the the varieties of characters in the latest Ice Age :) Now I'm wondering when will you guys plan to release any Art of Ice Age books though. ;) (Already got you 'Sketchy Past' book of course).

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  10. Amazing. I love seeing the thought process behind the creative... and the wonderful line work. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. It is always such a treat to study your work! I *love* the illustration of Granny bathing with the sharks!

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  12. Your style is amazing. Brilliant work

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  13. No squid or sharks. I guess I won't be seeing the movie. Thrilled to see you'll be a guest of honor at Spectrum Live. It will be nice to re-introduce myself to you. Your work always inspires.

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  14. I have a question.
    Would you be my master..?

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  15. Wow! Inspiring work as always Peter!!

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  16. Wow! Your work is always so inspiring!

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  17. I love your work and now I know who designed the ice age creature!
    thanks
    P.S.special thanks for Louis from every teenage girl that watched the movie

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  18. Woah this blog is excellent i really like reading your articles. Stay up the great paintings! You recognize, a lot of persons are searching around for this information, you can help them greatly.

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  19. What a brilliant artist, congrats! and thanks!

    EE

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  20. These are ALL amazing!! thanks for sharing.

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  21. Those Gutt designs crack me up! Great work!

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  22. These are all so wonderful! I love Silas and the prehistoric sharks!!

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  23. I'm from Brazil and I love your work! I'm your big fan!
    What photoshop brush you like to use to make your sketches? Peace, health and life for you and thank you!

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  24. love the whale. btw, great interview at sidebarnation

    Peter

    *****

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  25. GREAT!!!! REALLY GREAT!!!


    -fashion illustrator-

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  26. I read an interview u did in the Courier mail yesterday, it was a surprise to see and was great to read! Awesome work on the characters as usual, especially love the prehistoric sharks are squid, they are just great

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  27. You are my all time favorite illustrator. Your characters make the movie a complete joy to watch. Every character is so endearing that I forget I am a 61 year old grandmother watching with a my young grandchildren. Your animations will last the strands of time like that of Micky Mouse, and have a special place in the hearts of all fell in love with them on the big screen.

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  28. Wow... so you worked with Blue Sky on Continental Drift? That. Is. SO! COOL! And no, this isn't Crash and Eddie taking over my writing. It's me just being strange.

    It would have been hilarious if little Squint was the captain of the crew, but I can see how it was much better to have Gutt as the captain, because he posed to be a lot more of a threat than our good old 'Easter Bunny' (Oh, Manny, you come up with great nicknames! XD).

    It's interesting that Gutt used to be a bear, I think that his name would be a lot more obvious in his original form, because we don't often imagine an ape to have sharp claws, compared to a Grizzly (I think that's how you spell it?) Bear.

    AMAZING artwork, as always! I really need drawing lessons from someone like you! :)

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