Insider advice from a master film character designer

Image: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Félicie Haymoz had just one character design job under her belt when she was approached by Wes Anderson to work on his stop-motion retelling of Fantastic Mr Fox. It's an undertaking that would have daunted many – a renowned fimmaker, known for his unique aesthetic, and a story loved by thousands. Haymoz took on the challenge and managed to transform the well-known characters into something quite magical.

Since then, Haymoz gone on to work with the director again more in his second stop motion venture, Isle of Dogs. Such is the impact of her character design work that Pictoplasma asked to exhibit her Isle of Dogs work as part of its Berlin festival, as well as speaking at the event and host a mini-retrospective of her work with Wes Anderson. We caught up with her to find out what it takes to bring characters to life on screen.

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Ruth Hamilton

Ruth spent a couple of years as Deputy Editor of Creative Bloq, and has also either worked on or written for almost all of the site's former and current print titles, from Computer Arts to ImagineFX. She now spends her days reviewing mattresses and hiking boots as the Outdoors and Wellness editor at, but continues to write about design on a freelance basis in her spare time.