The animated-film character designer who created Scrat — the prehistoric part-squirrel, part-rat of the children’s “Ice Age” films — will give a free lecture Tuesday at Farmingdale State College as part of an exhibit of his work on display at the college through Feb. 5.
The college’s Memorial Gallery is featuring about 60 varied pieces by Brooklyn illustrator Peter de Sève. In addition to creating Scrat — who appeared for the first time, chasing an acorn as a balloon, in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — and the other prehistoric cartoon “Ice Age” characters, de Sève worked on “Finding Nemo” and “Mulan.” He’s also a frequent contributor of illustrated New Yorker magazine covers and posters for Broadway shows such as “Something Rotten.”
“We’re trying to bring in really big names,” says Philip Simone, gallery director and associate professor of visual communication. “He’s well-known, he’s fantastic. It creates a buzz. The students are excited that they get to interact with him.”
During the lecture from 3:05 to 4:20 p.m. in Room 104 of Gleeson Hall, de Sève will talk about his career trajectory. “I’m really going to give an overview of my career, and, because I’ll be talking to students, how I started out,” he says.
He says he plans to feature a slideshow of his varied work. He has a soft spot for “Ice Age,” he says, because it’s unusual for one designer to have control over the creation of all the characters in a movie. “I would say my favorite is Sid — Sid is the sloth, he’s one of the three main characters. He became kind of the heart of the trio.”
As for his New Yorker style, he describes himself as “a kind of humorous illustrator who straddles the line between realism and cartooning.”
De Sève, 56, lives in Park Slope, with his wife, Randall, a children’s book writer, daughters Paulina, 15, and Fia, 10, and their black Lab mix, Henry, and Persian cat, Cleo. He was recently notified that he’s being inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame, he says.
De Sève’s work will appear in several upcoming films, including the fifth “Ice Age” movie coming out next summer, called “Ice Age: Collision Course,” a movie called “Larrikins” featuring animated Australian Outback creatures, and the “The Little Prince,” which will be released in the United States on March 18.
His lecture will be followed by a free reception in the gallery, which is in Hale Hall, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Peter de Sève
WHEN | WHERE Lecture 3:05 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Gleeson Hall Room 104; artwork on display through Feb. 5, in Memorial Gallery, Hale Hall; Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broad Hollow Rd., Farmingdale
INFO For gallery hours call 631-420-2181; farmingdale.edu