I’ve been a huge fan of LAIKA’s movies from the moment I saw Coraline. They’ve continued to knock it out of the park on every film they’ve created since then, and I wanted to take an opportunity to pay homage to their latest stop-motion masterpiece, Kubo and the Two Strings (available HERE as a limited edition screen print, while supplies last).

I thought some people might find it interesting to see a little bit of the process behind the creation of this piece, so here’s a little glimpse behind the curtain, starting with a video of my sketching process, done on an iPad Pro using the Procreate app:

Once the image is designed and separated into discrete layers, it goes off to the printer. In some cases, I print my own work, but this poster involved certain techniques that are beyond my limited capabilities and equipment to print, so I took it to the pros at Mama’s Sauce in Orlando, Florida.

Here. Brandon has exposed the emulsion-coated screen to UV light and is washing it out to reveal the image used to print the light blue first layer.

The screen is fitted into the press and aligned to the paper below. Ink is then placed on top of the screen, and a squeegee pushes it through the mesh.

The result is a single color layer on the paper. The process is repeated with each color until the image is complete…

…Like this:

Signed and numbered limited edition prints of this piece are available HERE while supplies last.