Behind the scenes: the art of ‘A Monster Calls’ with Miki Montlló

Recently I was fortunate enough to sit down with Spanish illustrator Miki Montlló. Originally hailing from Terrassa, a small town outside of Barcelona, Miki was a guest judge and speaker at the RAW art wrestling illustration semi-finals in Prague last weekend, talking about his successful comic book series Warship Jolly Roger, his work with big shot animation studios like Cartoon Saloon and Laika, as well as his concept art for the new J.A. Bayona film, A Monster Calls, now showing in Czech cinemas.

Kubo and the Two Strings review

Laika Studios have been around for a while now and have mastered modern stop-animation techniques. Screaming onto the international film scene with the wonderfully creepy Coraline, then continuing with the hilarious ParaNorman and then The Boxtrolls. These guys continue to impress and scare children in the way that Tim Burton used to when he still made good movies.. but that’s a rant for a different day.