Look development

The Netherlands has a long tradition of children’s illustrators who provide atmosphere without limiting children’s imagination. Our goal is to do the same in our animations. The style was inspired by a number of Dutch illustrators, e.g. Carl Hollander and Helen van Vliet. We want to create the same handdraw look and feel; squiggly lines going off the geometry, shadows made through placing different intensity hatches on top of each other. But the biggest challenge would be that this all has to work in 3D.

Therefore, the visual art style of the film, which we developed after extensive experimentation, was made for RenderMan rendering software in co-operation with LollipopShaders from Vancouver, Canada. This NonPhotoRealistic (NPR) shader gives us the freedom to experiment and create the style we had in mind.

Besides making animation we have another great love: Lego.