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Tadahiro Uesugi's illustrations for Coraline

Posted January 26, 2009

The Other Family for Coraline

The Other Family for Coraline

The Animation World Magazine has a charming article/interview between Bill Desowtiz and the Japanese animator who helped create the look and feel of Coraline. In  “Tadahiro Uesugi Talks Coraline Design,” the illustrator explains (among other things):

I joined this project where there were no visual images available; so that I started drawing the characters based on my reading of the book. After the basic images were set up, I kept drawing characters and backgrounds, and designing sets based upon them, which were to be the basic common idea for the staffs to build the movie.

The article provides a number of the whimsical illustrations that eventually got turned into a movie. If you don’t know Tadahiro Uesugi’s work, you can get a sense of his remarkable style, wit and range at his own siteTom’s Illustration Journal offers a pdf that demonstrates the master’s working style. Ronnie del Carmen covers his experience meeting and working with his Japanese colleague.

Tadahiro Uesugi Illustration

Tadahiro Uesugi Illustration