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!
I was super inspired today to do my calendar sketch inspired by some recent thoughts and the new manga that I'm looking at. My recent thoughts have been surrounding the fact that possessions are worthless. The only things that matter are your skill and knowledge.
I'm so proud of the recent progress with my illustrations overall. I've really been letting the pencil and brush do the work, instead of overthinking about technique. I start now with a clear idea of what I want to represent, then I keep drawing until it looks good. I've been using watercolor for these, which has been working great.
Just put on some good music and have fun!
I just got my copy of The Journey of Shuna, by Hayao Miyazaki. The first thing that I think is really cool about it is how small it is (6" X 4.5"). Also, it has a dust jacket which is super cool. My copy is in the original wrapping and has a small book mark that matches the cover of the book. The book mark that's included, all the details and the fact that it's pocket-sized, make this such a precious book.
I don't read Japanese, but I'll find a translation online. For now, the illustrations are what I'm mostly interested in.