I mean, this guy has been doing it for over 25 years, right? He's painted covers for The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report—you know, the big ones.
He illustrated one of Mark Twain's short stories called A Murder, A Mystery and A Marriage back in 2002—that's serious stuff.
Now granted, he did work on all three of the Ice Age movies, but that was as a character designer. He wasn't writing gags or jokes.
All kidding aside, de Sève is a major talent and it was a lotta fun speaking with him. We caught up with him at his home studio in Brooklyn, NY and chatted about the new Spectrum Exhibit that just opened there, digital prints vs. original paintings, working in animation and his two new projects.
Peter just released his first ever hardcover artbook, a monograph called A Sketchy Past - The Art of Peter de Sève. We blogged about it recently and with good reason. It's filled to the brim with resplendence and chronicles his art and career beautifully.
He also has a children's book coming out that he illustrated called The Duchess of Whimsy, written by his wife Randall de Sève. Randall's written two other kid's books, but this is the first time she and Peter have worked together.
We had a blast, as always, and outside of his having some fun with us too, Peter is a brilliant artist. A thinking man's artist, we like to say. And we need more of his kind out there doing it—that's for sure.
**Psst! He also has a tutorial DVD coming out through our friends at Massive Black—imagine that, gang!
Peter's Blog (that's right, blog)
Click here to download the show.