I was up super late last night, drawing and watching a new special on Miyazaki which I found with subtitles on youtube (linked below). I'd highly recommend watching it very soon because it might get taken down eventually :(. While I was watching, I kept pausing to look at Miyazaki's drawings.
I stopped several times before I had a sudden earth shaking realization. I had once read advice from Miyazaki that says: "Do not draw a guideline for a picture." I had always wondered what that meant. I thought that maybe it was a translation error, but now I know what it means. I realized that Miyazaki draws as if he's drawing with a pen. He also uses an eraser, but most of his drawings go directly for what he's trying to render. I've been adopting that idea with amazing results. I used to draw from rough to finished, but I realize now that it's better to go for the finish right away. If you make an error, just erase it, but always go for the final line.
As someone interested in the Japanese aesthetic, I'm constantly trying to learn what it is I like about the style. I've also been taking some time to do some self discovery and what I've realized is that I love having heroes in my life who can help guide me. I truly believe it's important to learn from those you admire.
*Check out this guy's youtube channel, he's got a ton of great videos.