Most of you are already familiar with the maquette of Br. Thomas. He’s been around for a long time. Actually since 2001, shortly after I had written the initial story treatment for the film. Though there were many attempts at drawn character designs, by myself and other artists at Big Idea, Br. Thomas didn’t exist until he showed up one morning in my home studio.
14” tall, eyes filled with wonder, and staring at a glass-bead dragonfly. I have vague recollections of armature building and pushing clay around, but honestly I felt like Gepetto that morning staring at the little monk for what felt like the first time.