I was inspired by so many things in this movie so I was overjoyed at the prospect of this contest to pay tribute to it. Here is my entry.
Laika always outdo themselves, and this was no exception. I was inspired by the real textures of the puppetry and sets and so wanted to transfer that to my work through using paper and collage and exploring textures with different mediums. I also enhanced the mood with Photoshop so don’t get carried away thinking it’s all paper.
Mixed media shall we say.
Kubo’s perseverance when faced with obstacles he must overcome was so inspiring in the movie. He faced them straight on and didn’t turn his back away. Even with his opponent looming over him; larger than himself in skill, age and experience, he always continued to fight. Even, like in this scene, when it’s his own family that seek to take away what makes him truly himself.
On a personal level this piece represents to me; overcoming daunting tasks that may go against what your family expects of you. When facing a daunting task they always appear larger than something you can handle, but they are really full of their own insecurities and bad habits that bring them down. That judging you to be inferior and smaller is just a mind game that you must overcome.
For the curious:
There are 96 pieces of cut colored construction paper pieces that I glued down after adding the texture and details using Soft pastels and Prismacolor Pencils. Then Photoshop was used for the shadows, lights, more textures and ambiance.
(**bonus: As a mask collector, I just had to add to the Aunts mask some additional inspiration by tradition Noh masks, as they have the most wonderful creepy teeth that are so fitting to this character. )