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Tadahiro Uesugi

Tadahiro Uesugi at the 37th Annual IAFSA, ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Awards held at UCLA's Royce Hall on February 6, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

Tadahiro Uesugi is a Japanese Illustrator living in Tokyo. He was introduced to Mike Cachuela, by Ronnie Del Carmen and Enrico Casarosa of Pixar, who in turn introduced him to Henry Selick who invited him to become the concept artist of the Coraline production.[1]

According to Henry Selick in an Metropolis interview, Uesugi is heavily influenced by late '50s and early '60s American illustration. But Selick's directions for the art was: "design with your own ideas; but we would like to see something we've never seen before!"[2]

Work on Coraline[]

One of Tadahiro Uesugi's most iconic design is "the Pink Palace Apartments" apartment complex in the Coraline production. But one of Uesugi's biggest influences was on the color palette, which was muted in reality and more colorful in the Other World. Uesugi declared that "at the beginning, it was supposed to be a small project over a few weeks to simply create characters; however, I ended up working on the project for over a year, eventually designing sets and backgrounds, on top of drawing the basic images for the story to be built upon."