I’ve been meaning to share some of my illustrations on here, and I could really use a break from making dolls. This is one of my favorite illustrations to date:
This sketch is based on the 1997 Japanese historical fantasy animated film by Hayao Miyazaki. Princess Mononoke is one of my husband’s favorite Miyazaki films, but to be honest it took me several attempts to finish it. I am more into cutesy and happy films, and this one was too violent for my tastes.
Eventually, I finished the movie and grew to enjoy the edgy story and visually intoxicating artwork. Miyazaki’s devotion to detail is part of what makes his films magical to me. I found it interesting that he and his art crew spent 3 days soaking in the landscapes of the ancient forests and mountains in Japan for this movie. His style is unwavering, and you know right away that you are watching a Studio Ghibli film.
Although my sketch doesn’t portray any edginess, I feel it captures a whimsy of how a Miyazaki film makes me feel. I plan to sketch more characters from his films in the future.
If you’ve never seen Princess Mononoke I recommend watching it. Here is the trailer if you are interested:
Do you have a favorite Miyazaki film? Mine is Howl’s Moving Castle.