Sunday, February 01, 2009

Go see CORALINE!!!

Well, I can't believe it's finally coming out. I moved to Portland on Jan.9, 2006 to work on Coraline. I loved Portland, I loved the crew and I am so proud that I got to work on this film.

Here's some stuff I did while I was there.

The blonde gal above is based on a woman I saw in downtown Portland. She came stomping out of a halfway house and was so furious she spit really hard on the sidewalk.

Now go see the movie. It comes out this Friday!!!


Blogger Jorge R. Gutierrez said...

Sooo goood!!! I can't wait to see these as stop motion puppets.

11:32 PM  
Blogger Justin Hunt said...

Wow, awesome!
I'm really looking forward to seeing the film.
Thanks for sharing these.

12:22 AM  
Blogger SteveLambe said...

Amazing design, Shannon!! Really wish the Coraline art of book had been jam packed with this kind of material.

12:27 AM  
Blogger Jorge R. Gutierrez said...

Yeah, why don't you guys just do a bootleg art of book?

12:29 AM  
Blogger shannon said...

Wow! Thanks for the comments guys! This film was design heaven to work on. And thanks to the wonderful sculptors on the film, (Kent Melton, Leo Rijn, Tony Merrithew and Damon Bard) our designs were translated directly.

I've got more art I'll be posting in a few days as well as some of the amazing sculpts created for the film.

7:33 AM  
Blogger shannon said...

Oops! I forgot the wonderful puppet fabrication team headed up by Georgina Hayns. They made the impossible possible.

7:34 AM  
Blogger Mukpuddy said...

Wow dude, freakin' awesome!!! I'm with Jorge, yo guys should totally put together a limited edish, secret squirrel bootleg "art of book"!! Can't wait to see more bro!

12:09 PM  
Blogger Bill Robinson said...

These are incredible! I can't wait to see the film. I was heartbroken to see the "visual companion" was so cruddy.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Bobby Pontillas said...

Oh yeah! I remember the Mr Bobinski puppet at the comic con last year. Your sketch translated really well!

1:00 PM  
Blogger Matt Jones said...

With all the care taken to manufacture those promotional 'boxes' that went out & the great CORALINE website I wonder how the quality of the 'art of' booked slipped under the radar? Anyway this post more than makes up for it. I've been anticipating you & Shane posting some of your work from the film for ages, can't wait to see more . . . a bootleg book sounds like a good idea to me too.

6:21 PM  
Blogger oldefrostfarm1780 said...

Congratulations on all your hard work!!....I'm off to feast on Coraline this Friday!!


8:02 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

These designs look great. I am very excited to see this movie!

2:54 PM  
Blogger Zar Galstyan said...

The work on this film looks remarkable, and thanks for the amazing lecture at CalArts... I know it was greatly appreciated by everyone!

8:33 PM  
Blogger RAWLS said...

Beautiful work man! Great opportunity to work on a great film! Did you get to work with Jon Klassen at all? Awesome designs my friend!

7:12 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi! I saw Coraline a few weeks ago at an early screening. I LOVED it!! Great stuff, your work is inspiring. :)

8:52 AM  
Blogger andre medina said...

holy crap your work is amazing! thank you for coming to Cal Arts and lecturing, you guys had great comments about everything.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Alexandre Augusto Ferreira said...

These are really great!!!

5:14 PM  
Blogger Scott Hume said...

Just had to pop on and say that Coraline was such an amazing/wonderous movie, great job on all the design work, I think I was probably the only one in the theater looking for yours and Shane Prigmores names in the credits..haha yup Im a nerd, congrats on a great movie.

9:25 PM  
Blogger shannon said...

Thanks for the support guys. I'm REALLY glad everyone seems to be enjoying the movie!

8:28 AM  
Blogger Monkeyman said...

Congrats on the great movie, thanks for correcting my error in my 'Coraline' post. :) Can't wait to see behind the scenes stuff!

9:09 AM  
Blogger Nathanael Lark said...

Wonderful work!
These designs are all so compelling. I just want to keep staring at them. Thanks for posting those sketches along with the designs. It's great to see your process. Truly fantastic work!

10:34 AM  
Blogger OV! said...

nice work dude.

too bad the world cant see the huge amount of artwork and design that was done for this film. the so called "art of book" doesnt even hint at scratching the surface of all the wonderful art that was done.

ps. kick shane for me, haha.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Alonso Nichols said...

Shannon!! I just saw Coraline and it was AMAZING! I clapped when I saw your name on the screen! Phenomenal work, old buddy! I'll have to see it again!

--Alonso Nichols

9:44 PM  
Blogger Wilson Swain said...

Beautiful work. I was able to attend the Coraline panel at Nucleus and all the stories and insights were much appreciated!

7:00 AM  
Blogger Zoë Moss said...

Oh god, YES!
Thank you for posting these - I went to panel yesterday and was completely blown away not only by the quality of work that was produced but by the amount as well. The panel was just the perfect icing on the cake that is Coraline.

9:50 AM  
Blogger Rootfish said...

I just saw this movie last Friday and have to say that you and your team has done some amazing work!

3:58 PM  
Blogger David said...

It was wonderful. Congratulations to you and all who worked on this beautifully hand-crafted animated film.

6:47 PM  
Blogger lill said...

LOVED LOVED LOVED Coraline! Character designs were amazing -- very inspiring!

1:28 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Awesome stuff. Not sure if you know Damon Bard. He did some sculpture and character work for the movie as well. Check out his work for the movie at


2:50 PM  
Blogger shannon said...

I do know Damon. I just talked to him a couple of days ago. He did AMAZING work on Coraline. He has an incredible knack for capturing the essence of very pushed designs. You should see his work on Over the Hedge! He perfectly captured Nico's original designs for that one.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Le Tang said...

Beautiful work.. and the movie was amazing! So enjoyable!

3:42 PM  
Blogger Rafa Toro said...

shame, shame, shame that we have to wait here until june 26th for the opening of the film...

4 long months to go... oh well!!


5:35 AM  
Blogger Nicolette Davenport said...

Hi Shannon, it was so nice meeting you Sat, and really enjoyed your panel. Soooo much great work, I sincerely hope (like everyone else) someone can make a 2nd pass on a true 'art of' book.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Awesome work!

2:47 PM  
Blogger John Musker said...

Nice to see you at the Coraline screening. I hadn't seen these paintings before ( I saw them hinted at on Jenny's blog.) Fantastic work! I haven't seen the art of book but I hear they missed the boat in a big way. I hope somehow they follow up and get your artwork and Shane's and all the other amazing stuff under one roof for us to revel in the graphic brilliance.

12:56 AM  
Blogger shannon said...

Thanks for all the support guys! I'm glad everyone is digging the movie.

John, it was great to see you at the screening as well. And thanks so much for the comments. I can't wait to see what you guys have up your sleeves for The Princess and the Frog. LONG LIVE 2D!!!

7:18 AM  
Blogger Skid Knee said...

wicked movie, you guys really did a great job!
I love Mr. Babinsky's design!!

9:40 AM  
Blogger Jenny Lerew said...

Hey Shannon! I guess you know by now that I swiped from you and Shane for a post--I couldn't help it!
You always do beautiful work, but seeing Coraline (finally) and then your work from it is a heck of a punch--fantastic, all of it. I love the eerieness and sensuality of your Other Mother designs, but it seems impossible to single out this or that from your work as posted. Too much ricness! Congratulations!

11:10 AM  
Blogger shannon said...

JENNY!!! Thanks so much for the post. It means a lot.

We miss you over here at the DW!. We must lunch soon!

11:26 AM  
Blogger SuperSpookerGirl12 said...


7:37 AM  
Blogger Edward Juan said...

I was very pleased that they kept the ms. spink and forcible breast scene. Good job shannon! The Shandies (you,shane,shutler) are famous now.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Deirdra Doan said...

Your art and your wife's are wonderful. Are you still in Portland Or? My husband plays the Harp Guitar and will be doing concerts there in MARCH.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Jeff Harter said...

Echoing what everyone else is saying, these are absolutely wonderful. I can tell you that my daughters loved the film as well, they are 10 and 12. Great work.

3:59 PM  
Blogger yebkamin said...

Thanks for posting the art Shannon! And thanks again for talking at Calarts and doing the Coraline panel thing. It was awesome! Well back to my film!

1:26 AM  
Blogger Marc Osborne said...

Oh just went to see the movie! such an amazing job. Congrats to all very much. I am seeing it again this weekend. Simply darling. Your sketches were translated beautifully.

2:09 AM  
Blogger Jeff Merritt said...

Cool designs, can't wait to see the movie :)

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome work! Very graphical. It's good to know how to draw, but even better to have a command of color and your own style and then have that given the ultimate compliment by having it used in the final film!

(a friend of the crew)

6:49 PM  
Blogger jackie said...

Love the imagination that went into these drawings and the film! The scotties are so cute. It must be neat to be such a talented artist! I saw the film this weekend - the imagery and characters, story, etc. were all fabulous!

7:31 PM  
Blogger Juanma said...

I saw 3d Coraline yesterday
and wow what a great pic
congrats to all you guys that worked on it.!

9:55 AM  
Blogger Heidi Smith said...

YAY!!!! I love Mr. Bobinsky!!! I love your designs!!!

5:10 PM  
Blogger duep said...

Saw the film in 3d last night at the Imax!
Beautiful Beautiful movie!
I love Forcible and Spink's designs! Especially the fact that one was bottom heavy and the other top heavy XD
I also liked other-mother and of course Coraline! bought myself one of those dolls of her today too XD.

Thank you so much for the work on the film! I can't wait to own it!

8:52 PM  
Blogger Food and Drugs said...

What an amazing bunch of characters!
The strong men are my favorites. They are very hilarious with that moustaches and big bellies :-)

1:19 AM  
Blogger Matthew Smith said...

still stunned by the characters you helped work on! the characterization is what had me go back for seconds!! you work is quite the inspiration, and I thank you!

8:49 AM  
Blogger shannon said...

Thanks so much guys! I'll be posting more soon.

9:44 PM  
Blogger Vincent Juanes said...

Congratulations for your work!.

4:08 AM  
Blogger toinjoints said...

Amazing work!!! I wonder if You ever get some free time could you just check my blog, I'm not a pro or anything, I just draw for fun. Congratulations on your work!

6:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Incredible. Everyone. Congrats on all the great designs you did. Very inspiring

11:14 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

The film was great man, I could see your and Shane's styles all over that mother! ...and that other mother, haha

11:58 PM  
Blogger CoLiBri-réCréAtioN said...

humoristique, magnifique!

3:43 AM  
Blogger Bernard Joaquin said...

really cool design shannon!!

11:49 PM  
Blogger Molly Jacques said...

these are awesome. I loved Coraline!

12:43 PM  
Blogger Xtine said...

The last one is very lovely.

8:31 PM  
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8:45 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

I just saw Coraline and loved, loved loved it! The designs are mind blowing, really different from most animated movies I've seen. Great job!

1:48 PM  
Blogger Tanith said...

see, this is what really gets me inspired to do art. i can't wait to see more of designs and sculptures as well! i really think those folks who make the puppets are seriously talented when it comes to making 2D concepts realized.

2:05 AM  
Blogger TotalD said...

Lunch ? Before we are too damn old and I'm off to another country. Oh and bring that Thelma thing. You know that was in 2005 ? We are like 8 months to 2010 ! Geezuz.

3:34 PM  
Blogger Be Creative Books said...

Wow!! Congrats man! Hey Shannon, great stuff, drawings, illustrations, sculpts..everything is awesome! now I follow this blog. Coraline is coming soon to my country, undoubtedly I will enjoy it! with humility, please, take a glance to my blog and give me your comment, whatever it's..Thanks and greetings!!

5:56 PM  
Blogger cwyatt said...

These are beautiful designs! Coraline looks amazing.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

No way, man! This couldn't be that good! Really gorgeous sketches!

4:53 AM  
Blogger shannon said...

Thanks everybody! I REALLY appreciate the commments. Look for some new stuff REAL soon.

8:02 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

fabulous work-loved the characters and the film.

5:32 AM  
Blogger Aira said...

wow amaziong your drawings

7:25 AM  
Blogger Sean Hayden said...

Loved the characters in this film, your illustrations are beautiful.

4:03 AM  
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Blogger Tomer Gerbi said...

the movie is incredible I was moved and amazed by the story and the charecters, very special and beautiful, you did an amazing job. thank you.

2:46 PM  
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