Frozen character designerBill Schwab was inspired by the Ray of Light mascot, which got a new personality when it was recreated in the image of Olaf, the magical snowman in the Disney Oscar-nominated film. Schwab points to Olaf's saying: "The hot and the cold are both so intense. Put 'em together, it just makes sense."
Ready for the Opening Ceremony
Chelsea Bayouth of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios -- the animation company behind award-winning Robot Chicken -- put a new spin on the hare and its blue bow in this drawing.
A Dark Fairy Tale
Stoopid Buddy’s Bayouth also reimagined the bear, explaining, "I took the dark fairytale approach for the bear, which was greatly inspired by the creatures of the 1980's. It's really a marriage between that type of imagery and the style of my other work."
"What could be better than a snowboarding snow leopard?" asked Chris Sanders, DreamWorks Animation's Oscar-nominated co-director of The Croods. "Only a saber-toothed snow leopard. In my prehistoric version of the Sochi mascot I added a couple long fangs and replaced the composite board with a wooden one. I did this drawing in low-tech pen and ink with a little watercolor."
Ready for Stop-Motion Winter Sports
"As an illustrator I approached making the bear puppet the way I would go about designing a character, I start with the silhouette and basic shapes and from there I just continue to build on the puppet, working with Jennifer Fournier and Lisa Penney, who made the scarf, until it has a personality," said Lauren Sassen, who fabricated the bear at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the company behind Robot Chicken. Added Fournier of making the scarf: "I worked with Lauren to create the right size and scale … giving it a bit of personality with wiring and Lisa's embroidery."