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Monkey's creators at work

Illustrator at work

Monkey's animators at Passion Pictures have been hard at work creating the journey of Jamie Hewlett's Monkey for BBC Sport

Illustrator at work with doodles on left

The team, led by animation directors Pete Candeland and Rob Valley, produce hundreds of sketches - and many more doodles

Illustrators at work in dark

Much of the work to produce basic line drawings of Monkey, Sandy and Pigsy is done in the dark

Sandy being illustrated

An animator works on a sketch for a frame showing Sandy fighting off a monster en route to Beijing

Illustration of water

This piece of paper shows a frame of water animation, which will later to be turned into a sequence showing Sandy swimming

Illustrator at work on a computer

Once the line drawings are complete, they can be turned into full-colour animation using computers

Pigsy on computer screen

Every line in each drawing must be complete before animators can move to computers to add colour

Photos on desk

The team need reference material to create backgrounds, so they use dozens of photos of China as inspiration

Storyboard on wall

On the wall of the animation studios you can see the storyboard for Hewlett and Damon Albarn's two-minute tale

Chart showing individual images

This chart tracks every sequence of animation, from the first line drawing to the finished product

see also
Monkey's world
04 Aug 08 |  Meet Monkey
Meet Monkey and friends
28 May 08 |  Olympics

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