It’s the end of an era.

Suddenly, my last post seems so relevant. The first thing I see when I went online today was news on Miyazaki Hayao retiring. It gave me so many feels, it made me pick up a pencil again for the first time in months.

I had originally planned on drawing Jiji on Kiki’s bag but やっぱりね、I suck at drawing animals. Also still suck at planning because this sketch cuts her off at the wrists hahaha!

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Cheers, Miyazaki Hayao. Thank you for your wonderful movies!

Gake no Ue no Ponyo

I seem to be the only person left on the planet Earth that hasn’t watched, “Star Trek” yet. But I have watched “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea” ( 崖の上のポニョ)

Loosely based on “The Little Mermaid”, Miyazaki’s latest film centers around a fish-girl who wants to become human after being rescued by 5-year old Sosuke. Ponyo’s sea magician father is against it, being human himself once.

I can’t really remember a lot about the plot because it’s not plot driven. It plays out a lot like the way a toddler would tell you a story. Maybe that was intentional, maybe not. It focuses more on the relationships between each character.

And the visuals. Oh, the visuals.

The character designs are a throwback to some of his older work and this whole film was drawn and coloured entirely by hand. The waves morphs into whales and fish and I wouldn’t mind having an ocean in my yard.

Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delvery Service and My Neighbour Totoro will still be my top Miyazaki picks, but Ponyo is definately worth watching.