SO. Last night was the Laika Studios 10 year anniversary show at Gallery Nucleus. I’m so happy my boyfriend Chris and I made the 1 hour 40 minute drive from Carlsbad to attend because, wooooooooooooooooow.
Laika is a stop-motion animation studio based out of Oregon and I’ve been in love with them since watching Coraline in theaters for the first time. Seriously, from the first time I saw the Jones’ VW Beetle drive up to the Pink Palace Apartments, I was sold. They also made Paranorman (one of my other favorites), the Boxtrolls, and their latest, Kubo and the Two Strings.
The process of stop-motion animation is tedious, to say the least, but watching these films you would never know it. It is pure magic. Have a look at some of their behind-the-scenes footage, if you don’t believe me. Here is one video featuring the genius director of Coraline, Henry Selick, (who also directed Disney’s Nightmare Before Christmas).
The event took place Saturday night 10/29/2016 from 7-1opm at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA. I’ve been to a handful of events at this Gallery and it is always such a treat. There was candy & refreshments, tribute artwork of the films, live music that was inspired by Kubo and the Two Srings, puppets from the actual Kubo film, costumed characters of Kubo & Monkey, and Laika CEO Travis Knight was there signing autographs to those who purchased merchandise.
I have to say, I was a little bummed because I thought there would be puppets from all the Laika films there, but its okay!
Okay, first I have to describe how exciting it was to see Heidi Smith’s work in person. Heidi Smith is the character artist behind Paranorman. She. is. BRILLIANT. I’ve been fangirling over her concept art for the film for years. Approaching her charcoal drawing at the show, I knew immediately it was hers. I didn’t realize how large her drawings were! Just look at this piece, absolutely stunning.
Here I am, fangirling over the piece.
Just look at that texture!
Here are a few more of my favorite pieces of the tribute art (however, all of the pieces were stunning)!
Norman’s House by Pete Oswald – Gouache acrylic on illustration board
Beldam by Janice Chu – Digital
Laika Land by Guillaume Fesquet – Pen
(You know I’m a sucker for ink work.)
Speaking of ink work, look at this amazingness.
Re Vera, Cara Mea, Mea Nil Refert by Uli Meyer – Ink and Wash
Coraline Jones by Eren Blanquet Unten – Gouache
So happy to have run into Eren at the show! She is just as lovely as her artwork.
Angry Aggie by Sebastien Mesnard – Black Ink
A Bad Dream by Zaruhi Galstyan – Woodburning
This one is even more beautiful in person.
Here are some shots of the rest of the show!
Costume Designs for Kubo
Live Music and some super cool costumed attendees.
A couple of Boxtrolls.
Kubo and Monkey!
Myself with a Monkey Puppet and a leaning, accidental photo bomber. haha.
I wasn’t able to meet Travis Knight but I did get a smile from him which is cool in my book.
We had a great time!
Thank you Gallery Nucleus for hosting the event and Laika Studios for sharing the magic! Go see Kubo and the Two Strings!
If you’re not following me on Instagram already, I’ll be posting photos on there as well!
Until next time,