Touring the Art of Kubo and the Two Strings (ASMR, whispering)
Art of Kubo and the Two Strings
The Art of Kubo and the Two Strings is a treasure trove of concept art and artist insights, all presented beautifully and eloquently. Kubo and the Two Strings, the latest animation from Laika, is set in ancient Japan and follows the adventures of a boy on the run from a vengeful spirit. This book offers a fascinating look behind the scenes of its making, illustrated by acres and acres of lush concept art. Following a foreword by Laika president Travis Knight and an introduction by author Emily Haynes, the book begins by explaining the experimental design of The Woodblock Effect, the source of the signature look Laika has given this film. This expressive texture is, we learn, drawn from the work of Kyoshi Saito, a woodblock printmaker in the Sosakuhanga art movement of 20th century Japan. For example, David Vandervoort, lead 2D facial animation designer, explains how sketching a full range of emotions for Kubo was a challenge because of his overflowing hair and eye patch.