Haha, I probably should have uploaded this AGES ago, because I've had them drawn since 2 summers ago, I believe. I just never put them up because I only had one more sketch of Alfredo to finish outlining and shading, and I never got around to finishing it.
You've seen the first four, but I never threw in that last sketch on the end. I honestly don't even know why.
Most of these are self-explanatory, but I'll give you a sort of timeline of what's going on around each shown stage of his life (according to the backstory I wrote, lol).
It's long. If you don't like long descriptions, stop reading right here. (: And it's kind of a melancholy story, which you probably saw coming cuz that's how I roll.
June 29, 1989 - obviously, Alfredo's birthday! (: Alfredo Mitchell Austin Gusteau-Linguini was born to a very proud 18 year-old mother, Renata Linguini, who was living in Paris at the time with her godfather, Anton Ego, and his sister Maura. *
1991 - Auguste Gusteau, Alfredo's father, was in a tight fix, and so was Renata. When Skinner heard that Gusteau fathered a child with a young girl that no one knew about, he was furious and threatened to harm Renata and baby Alfredo if Gusteau ever tried to focus his attention more on them and less on the restaurant. From that point on, Gusteau feared for the lives of mother and baby, and provided Renata with a way to flee to Italy for a time. Six months after Alfredo was born, they moved to a suburb in Venice, where Renata stayed with her older brother Romero for two years. Alfredo was about this age right before Renata decided to quietly move back to Paris.
September, 1994 - Alfredo on his first day of preschool. Renata had moved back to Paris and bought a home quite a ways out of the city, and the only ones who knew she'd returned were her best friend Larousse Duránte, and Gusteau, who were both very busy at the restaurant. Although Gusteau and Larousse went to great lengths to ensure that Skinner was unaware of Renata's return, he found out anyway due to Gusteau's sudden lack of interest in the restaurant; immediately connecting it to Renata and 'that child'. Determined to keep Gusteau's priorities 'in order', Skinner secretly garnished some of Gusteau's wages, as well as money coming into the restaurant, to hire a hit man to take out Renata. On the morning of April 6, 1996, Renata was brutally murdered. Alfredo was left in the hands of Larousse's great aunt Mabel Joliet, since neither his father nor Larousse could take him in due to the demands of the restaurant.
2001 - Alfredo's school picture, taken sometime during the 2001 school year. Alfredo lived with Mabel (yes, the old lady in the movie) from age seven, right up until he turned fourteen. Mabel got very easily annoyed with Alfredo, even though he was as polite and courteous to her as he possibly could be. Larousse hinted that she once raised a troublesome child herself, and with her failing memory, she kept comparing Alfredo to that child, who went by the name Mallory. (Thanks to Mabel's failing memory, she also tended to call Alfredo 'Mallory' quite frequently.)
2003 - Alfredo's freshman year of high school. (Don't judge me.... I know that's the American term for it, but I was having a hard time looking up how the school systems in France work. If anyone can enlighten me, I'd love more information!) By this time, Mabel had had enough, and told Larousse to find Alfredo another home within a certain amount of time, or she'd kick him to the curb. Pressured to find a home for Alfredo, and with Gusteau's unwillingness to take his son home, Larousse was forced to put Alfredo in foster care, and he was almost immediately provided with a foster family. This family, a dysfunctional American bunch with five children, weren't very welcoming to Alfredo, and it was there that Alfredo had some of the worst experiences of his entire life. He managed to befriend the family's oldest son, Aaron, who was close in age with him. As soon as he turned fifteen, he left the home, dropped out of school, got himself a job working as a janitor for a small bakery, and started renting an apartment on his own.
2004-2007 - In the time between this and the film's events - about two and a half years - he lost the job at the bakery, ended up with a job delivering newspapers after that, lost that job after five months, then started working as a janitor again for another small café. With his bad luck, he managed to keep that third job for only a few months before he lost it after being completely distracted by a pretty girl that worked there. He went home to his apartment in despair, and decided to clean out some of his old junk to get his mind off of the events that had taken place.
He came across a framed picture in one of the boxes - a photograph of Renata holding Alfredo, who was about a year and a half at the time the picture was taken. He opened up the frame and came across two letters that had been stuck in the back - one was addressed to someone named "M. Skinner", and the other was addressed to him. It was a letter from his mother, telling him about job opportunities at Gusteau's. She also told Alfredo to make sure he gave a man named "Skinner" the other letter when he got there.
And we know what happens after that. (:
* Long story short, Ego had connections with Renata's wealthy father, and bought the mansion he lives in from him. The mansion had belonged to the Linguini family for many, many generations, and was part of Renata's inheritance (which she never ended up receiving due to a number of complications). In short, Arturo Linguini (Renata's dad) expressed in his will that if anything happened to him, the care of his daughter would be entrusted to Anton Ego. Arturo ended up getting murdered shortly after his daughter was born by someone who wanted the man's money. (Renata's mother had passed on almost immediately after her daughter's birth from medical complications.)
Oh boy, I'm sorry this got really long! I just haven't completely explained the backstory I made up for Alfredo, and this time seemed like a good time to do so. There's more that is explained in some of my writings that I never finished, and I also wrote a journal from Alfredo's POV that describes the events that take place when he goes to live with the foster family. If anyone's interested in reading it (it's funny in places, but the overall story is quite... upsetting and disturbing), I'm sure I could finish editing it and put it up for you guys.
I've had his backstory thought out for several years, but recently changed a few things about it to keep it more true to the events that take place in Ratatouille. ^^ Thank you! I like that particular picture, too!
Haha, ever since seeing Ratatouille on TV the other night, I've wanted to put up some of my old Ratatouille artwork, even if it's several years old. Some of them still look really good even though I've improved since then! (:
Actually, I don't really know where I came up with the idea for his middle name, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't a direct reference to Mitch. It may have been, but if it were, I can't remember. I think I was torn between the names Mitchell and Austin in general, so I just put them together! (:
Thank you! Even though these are a couple years old, I still reeeally like them.
I like aging pictures, too! It's one thing to draw a character (even if they are a pre-existing one), but another thing to show what they looked like at different stages in life while keeping their looks true to themselves all throughout.