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…
How do you make the flowers for the flower crown? like specifically what material is it? Its super cool and I want to make one I just don't know what I need.
Hmm, I just reblogged it from another site, but I think I can help you in terms of what to buy and how to do it. If you click the link, it’ll take you to the complete photo post that shows you what you need. In any event, here’s the list:
Floral wire, a thin bendable wire is ideal. 26 Gauge is fine.
a pencil or cylindrical object to wrap the petals around
First, you’re gonna need to make the crown. You can do this by using the wire you already have or you can use an old headband or anything that you like that resembles a headpiece. Thicker wire is also fine for this step.
As you can see, OP twisted two pieces of wire together and left loops at the end (to attach the ribbon). Then they covered it in brown floral tape.
The second step is to make the flowers. Using your pencil/cylindrical object, twist the wire around it to create a ‘petal’. Repeat this until you have at least a couple of petals. 3-6 is usually fine, it’s really your call.
SLIGHTLY bend the petals back to create a natural looking petal.
After you are satisfied with the shape of your petals, cut out your flower, leaving some wire left to attach it to your crown.
Repeat the first few steps and make the rest of your flowers.
Take one of your flowers and CAREFULLY apply nail polish to it, one petal at a time. Think of it like making bubbles. It may be easier to pour the nail polish in a flat plate and dip it, or dip the entire flower into the polish.
Repeat this for all your remaining flowers.
Twist the two ends of your flowers together to form a ‘stem’.
Wrap the stems with floral tape, preferably with the same color you used in the base of the crown.
Repeat this for all your remaining flowers.
The third step will be attaching the flowers to your crown. You can do this a few ways. One way is to wrap the stems around the crown. Another way is to just wrap the stems with floral tape as you go along, like the OP did.
Do this until all your flowers have been attached to your crown.
At this point, you can tie the ribbons to the loops like OP did, or decorate it any other way you like. :)
Enjoy your new floral crown!
You can purchase most of the items in Walmart, Michael’s or any craft or flower store. You can also order it online. :)
REMEMBER, this tutorial is just a guide. If you don’t want to use brown floral tape or if you prefer using the green floral wire, don’t be afraid to change it up. You can use any color or material your heart desires.
Found this article. Found it incredibly helpful. Be sure to go read the full story, but these are the ten questions the author (Lydia Netzer) covers in it:
1. At what point did you feel like “Ah, now the story has really begun!” 2. What were the points where you found yourself skimming? 3. Which setting in the book was clearest to you as you were reading it? Which do you remember the best? 4. Which character would you most like to meet and get to know? 5. What was the most suspenseful moment in the book? 6. If you had to pick one character to get rid of, who would you axe? 7. Was there a situation in the novel that reminded you of something in your own life? 8. Where did you stop reading, the first time you cracked open the manuscript? (Can show you where your first dull part is, and help you fix your pacing.) 9. What was the last book you read, before this? And what did you think of it? (This can put their comments in context in surprising ways, when you find out what their general interests are. It might surprise you.) 10. Finish this sentence: “I kept reading because…”