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!


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.