I have such respect for all the artists of Studio Ghibli. I especially love doing these studies from Kazuo Oga's work. It's very inspiring and extremely humbling to try and learn from these geniuses.
Back when I was at the Pennsylvania Academy, we used to call these master copies; I love doing them and I'll always continue to learn from my heroes.
My Neighbor Totoro + Kiki's Delivery Service
I took a trip with my best friend to Kinokuniya yesterday. It's my favorite bookstore and has two locations: one of them is in New York City and there's another one in Edgewater, NJ. We went to the one in Edgewater, which is connected to a large Japanese market called Mitsuwa. The market has amazing food and it's a great place to find some hard-to-find Japanese items.
I was poking around Kinokuniya, which has a section specifically for Studio Ghibli. I was able to find a few books that I've had my eye one for a while. I was originally going to get them online, but the prices at Kinokuniya are competitive.
The books that I picked up are two storyboard collections from Hayao Miyazaki. The store had a bunch of them and I decided to pick up two of them. As an illustrator, these books are a great way to learn the art of storyboarding. They're beautifully designed with a dust jacket and slipcase. It's all in Japanese, but they're still a treasure trove of illustrations. Miyazaki's skill level still shocks me and it honestly feels like you're watching a pencil version of the movie when you look through these storyboards.
Kinokuniya can also order books for you and you can pick them up from their stores. Check out the images below and have a great weekend!