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Monday, February 09, 2009


In honor of Coraline's fabulous weekend at the box office, I rustled up another strange drawing from the past. I drew this for the studio massage therapist Loly to use on her massage certificates. Back then the hand was white and bony instead of made out of needles. I'm still not sure which would have been more scary.


Blogger blackbookalpha said...

I prefer the needle fingers, rust-ridden tips would've been scary.

Gorgeous work Vera <3

11:55 AM  
Blogger Kt Shy said...

Heehee! Adorable! Good thing you guys had a massage therapist for all those long hours. I used up all my benefits (and then some) on our in-house mts... sooo gooood....

1:57 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Lovely art!! I loved Coraline so much.. I hope I can get my butt hired at Laika someday!

6:12 PM  
Blogger Fabrizio Ferrari said...


8:46 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Needles are definitely scarier. It freaked the shit out of me when she stabbed Wybie's with her needle fingers.
Good stuff.

8:14 AM  
Blogger kelly said...

Coroline was awesome, congrads on an awesome achievment!
and lovely art as usual!

10:37 AM  
Blogger Hilary said...

Oh, Coraline was such a wonderful lucky to be a part of it all...but I know animation can get a bit ticky after awhile...but still wonderful movie...

7:26 AM  
Blogger Why Edward Juan? said...

of course the white bony hand is scarier! I wish they kept that. I guess that would've been PG 13. Like the black/white puppet in the beginning credit.

10:34 AM  
Anonymous Ryan said...

Vera I saw it last night and really loved it. The 3D effects were great and did some classy stuff I'd never seen before, like when the patterns on the walls in a particularly dramatic scene started undulating. It was awesome!

6:14 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

This is really cute, Vera 8)

8:35 PM  
Blogger Bralyollyoxenfree said...

great little drawing Vera! Your work is always so inspiring.

12:25 PM  
Blogger Clio said...

I like the bony hand better!!

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Melinda Stanley said...

That is so awesome! I really love your work!

I haven't yet gotten a chance to see Coraline, but I can't wait to see it!

4:10 PM  
Blogger Jessie Ilham said...

cute! :P

coraline was amazing! But, yeah, bony hand might be scarier^^

9:27 PM  
Blogger Bernard Joaquin said...

Nice Work on Coraline Brosgol. It was cool to watch it in 3D. What next?

10:20 PM  
Blogger Lupo said...

Ha ha ha, great!

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great toon. Love the way you handle all your figure drawing. Amazing work.

11:32 PM  
Anonymous Nick said...

Sure does blow that the jonas bros movie is strong-arming coraline out of most (all?) 3D venues. Looked like it was picking up steam, box-office-wise, after president's day weekend, and then BAM, here comes disney, fists a-flying.

I hope breaking even is enough to keep Laika afloat (I'd heard its fate was in the air, depending on Coraline's box office showing).

3:34 PM  
Blogger Shelby said...

I noticed your name on the credits, and was very happy. I really love your previous internet comic work, and Coraline was, well, SQUEE!!!

7:09 PM  
Blogger Nowhereland (Jon St. Amant) said...

Hey, I love your style. Do you mind if I add your blog to my links section? Checkout my art blog at

4:21 PM  
Blogger Elton Cardoso said...

Vera, I have actually loved Coraline and also your drawings. I admire your style and this mix of naivety and transgression. Congratulations to you and to all of those who have worked to bring Coraline (I also love the book!) to life. (Sorry my english!)

3:33 PM  
Blogger Martin Hsu said...

Coraline is a beautiful film. Great job, girl!

4:20 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...


11:33 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Stumbed on your art thru a strange way, was stunned to see you were from PDX as well.

I <3 your art so bad.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Kim Gadbois said...

that hand scared me so much... I loved the movie. congrats!

9:51 PM  
Blogger EDGAR ERNEST said...

I really love your work....if it is possible that you can check out my blog and comment what you think, please do. I'd really appreciate it.thank

12:45 PM  
Blogger Bobby Chiu said...

Vera, your work is awesome. I've noticed it ever since I saw your Snow Bo film during industry day.

7:58 AM  
Blogger Jeanne Beauville said...

OMG I'm still laughing at this!
Hahaa! Coraline cracks me up!!

Anyway, great picture, flawless movie, and I'm dying to be part of Laika some day just because of this movie!!

2:53 PM  
Blogger Howard Shum said...

Funny drawing!

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


misses you

7:18 AM  
Blogger Pri! said...

updates now! i nedd, much too!!
My english is bad ... I think.
Misses you (anonymous "up" post copyd rsrsrsrsr)

3:51 PM  
Blogger Eric Scales said...

I just discovered your site. Lovely stuff! A very nice delicate style. Keep it up!

9:33 AM  
Blogger Aimi said...

Hi Vera,

I've finally caught up with you! I used to read Return to Sender during the times you still used to update it, and after several months gave up on waiting for your return! It's really amazing to see how far you've come since then, RTS was one of the first webcomics I loved. It's so cool to see how you've changed as an artist, it's been like 6 years since, heck I've changed a lot and all. I'm really looking forward to watching Coraline when it comes out in the UK!

I really love your work, I think i shall be keeping an eye on your blog from now on :)

Thanks for making such a lovely comic back then!


5:42 PM  
Blogger Sorrentino said...

Haha! Amazing, amazing film too!

8:26 AM  
Blogger Xadier said...

This is a little weird how long I've been following you art, I first read "Return to sender" years and years ago. I had poked around your website a few times and your blog admiring your work. And now I am amazed to see how far you've come, I saw Coraline the first night it came out and fell in love with it, and to think you were doing work on it! Kudos.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Xadier said...

A question if I may, what sort of pens/ink do you use on your hand drawn pieces to get them so crisp?

8:04 PM  
Blogger R. said...

Wait, wait, YOU WORKED ON CORALINE? Holy crap, I saw that a few weeks ago, but I had no idea you were part of it. I used to read Return to Sender back in...what, five, six years ago? Anyway, freaking AMAZING, man. High five. :)

9:38 PM  
Blogger Emily_Bourke said...

Hi Vera, I've looked through your website a million times and found your art super inspiring. My name is Emily and I want to potentially work in art development for animated films. I was wondering if I could ask you how you got started in the industry?
Thank you so so much!

12:21 PM  

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