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Animation key frames of Naoko Satomi for Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises (風立ちぬ).
Hayao Miyazaki


Hayao Miyazaki is another artist whom I dearly respect. He is a Japanese film director, animator, manga artist, illustrator, producer, and screenwriter. However, to me, he is not only an artist, not only the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, but a legend that has brought hope to many in the world. His most famous works include Castle in the Sky (1986), My Neighbour Totoro (1988), Princess Mononoke (1997) and Spirited Away(2001) etc. Sadly, he announced his retirement in 2013 and left us with his final masterpiece The Wind Rises (2013). To the art world, he was one of the many amazing artists, but to many of us, he was our childhood hero. 

Here are some of his works:


From Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)


From Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)


From Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

His style is different from the usual manga and is weirdly realistic in the way he portrays his characters, due to his sharp observations in the details of every single movement that the character makes. His films are extremely elaborate in terms of movements and just by looking at how he managed to bring out a film that is so wonderful such as Castle in the Sky using the traditional cel animation since there wasn’t digital animation technology back then, it is indeed a miracle. Just imagine, he had to draw thousands and thousands of frames over and over as the each character speaks or even just move by a little. It is extremely tough work, but thanks to him, our childhood had been extremely fulfilling. At first, his style was similar to Osamu Tezuka but later, Miyazaki decided to destroy much of his early work as he believed that by copying Tezuka’s style, it hindered his own development as an artist. Hence, his unmistakable style has slowly began to develop since then. 


How Miyazaki observes and portrays daily actions 

Although, i do not aspire to be a manga artist, I still feel that Miyazaki is indeed one of the greatest artist alive and it would not stop me from liking his drawing style as his characters are simple, but yet always so rounded and filled with realistic characteristics that all of us can relate to. His films also often bring across a very obvious message that he wants to be spread, more often about the conservation of the natural environment, as can be seen from Princess Mononoke. Although they are fictional characters, they manage to bring human emotions to life and that is the magic of Hayao Miyazaki, some of my favourites works of his are:



Spirited Away (2001)




The Wind Rises (2013)

I think that what I am able to take away from him is his spirit. As an artist, he worked hard towards his goals and always never stop achieving his dreams, even in his seventies. Every artist dreams of conveying his or her story through their art and hoping that the viewers would be able to empathise with their work, or just simply wanting to express themselves, but I want to relate to the work with my art, to allow people to bond with it and understand not just my story but relate to their own life stories as well. Although, I will not be a legend like Miyazaki, I will still strive to bring out the best that I have to the world.

by Whyn Lewis

Guy Billout (1984)
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