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Kubo Overcomes
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. )


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DarkPluvial009 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have some incredibly beautiful art works :) The colors feel very soft. Great portraits!
Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have a nice, happy gallery :D
pure-in-heart Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thank you for the watch ^_^
Axcido Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello ^_^ great gallery!

I want to invite you at my page
I start a poll ... please vote --------->

And if you have time... a coment or a fave for my new draw:
katiebug080592 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You got hugged!
:iconsweethugplz: :iconsweethugplz: :iconsweethugplz:

Spread the DA love around! (you can copy and paste this message on their userpage!)

1- You can hug the person who hugged you!
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4- Random hugs are perfectly okay! (and sweet)
5- You should most definitely get started hugging right away!

Send This To All Your Friends, And Me If I Am 1.
If You Get 7 Back You Are Loved!

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qazinahin Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I would be glad if you join #Friends-and-Family
qazinahin Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for approving my submission to the group Friends and Family [link]
FelipeCagno Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional
Hi Shannon, I wanted to come by and invite you to enter the Lost Kids Art Contest :glomp:

Please visit the [link] for all the details, we are offering some cool cash prizes plus the winners also get their art published on the covers of the Lost Kids comic books.

Vandad-Farhady Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
I loved your entry for 'Dark Shadows' contest! Congratulation :hug; :hooray:

In case you've got some time,I'll be glad if you have a look at my entry :[link]
nonnahs144 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I'll check on it now.
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