Thursday, February 9, 2023

"Local Fauna: The Art of Peter de Sève"

From Abrams Books.

Local Fauna, the definitive monograph by leading artist and illustrator Peter de Sève, features beloved New Yorker covers, iconic animated characters, and much more. 

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. 

He is currently busy at work on various animated projects in both the United States and Europe.

Peter de Sève’s monograph will showcase his distinct and captivating style, from character design for animation (especially but not limited to Ice Age), his work on iconic Broadway posters, his beloved New Yorker covers, and a smattering of sketches and personal work that have become fan favorites across social media. 

The book will open a doorway into de Sève’s universe of design, and it will include behind-the-scenes shots of his process—from a character or cover’s first conception to the final product—and all the creative iterations and exercises along the way. 

It includes an introduction by writer, illustrator, and animator Carter Goodrich and an interview with Bill Watterson, the legendary creator of Calvin & Hobbes, as well as essays by the New Yorker art director Françoise Mouly, celebrated Disney animator Glen Keane, creator of Hellboy, comic artist Mike Mignola, and New York Times-bestselling children's picture book author Randall de Sève.

Peter de Sève  has received many honors for his work, including the Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators. He is also a winner of a Daytime Emmy and in 2016 was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. De Sève lives in Brooklyn, New York with his family.

Local Fauna: The Art of Peter de Sève
Peter de Sève
Abrams Books
Interview by Bill Watterson
Introduction by Carter Goodrich
Essays by Mike Mignola, Glen Keane, Françoise Mouly and Randall de Sève
8 1⁄2 x 11 1⁄4
288 pages
ISBN: 9781419768064
Publication Date: October 10, 2023

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