Over the weekend I worked on some concept art for the project. While attempting to get Clarette's (the mother's) face right I hit upon the possibility of giving the characters more angular features as she kept ending up looking either too young or too old. Which I suppose could link with puppets being a key element of the tale. While working on Simon (Clarette's son) I became inspired by the puppets used for the 1960s TV show Thunderbirds (the animation is going for a 1970s aesthetic but Thunderbirds still possesses that campy 60s feel). So to represent Simon's youth I gave him rather large, expressive eyes.
Simon himself only appears near the very end but his marionette appearance is going to be so dependant on what he really looks like it made sense to get an idea of what he actually looks like first before designing his puppet form.