I love illustrations just as much as I love traditional painting. My illustrations are really influenced by the watercolor manga of Hayao Miyazaki, who's also one of my favorite artists. This illustration is about my pet hamster, named Bougie, who I imagined having his own hotel called "Casa De Bougie". It's fun to draw these little illustrations because it makes me flex a different creative muscle. I also love having my drawings show a narrative because I love writing stories also.
If anyone is wondering about the shower part of the illustration: Bougie goes under his water bottle and rubs his head on the spout when he's cleaning himself, so it's like he's taking a little shower. Hamsters are also nocturnal, which explains the first panel of the illustration. They also love broccoli!
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.
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