Editor | Peter Bowen
Tadahiro Uesugi's illustrations for Coraline
Posted January 26, 2009
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 site. Tom’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.