Over the last week, we’ve begun a Miyazaki movie marathon at home. Since I’ve watched the movies so many times, I often settle down to watching them with my sketchbook and sneak in a quick little sketch while we watch.
This first one is while watching The Secret World of Arrietty. Just watching the trailer will give you an idea of the gorgeous colors and compositions Miyazaki plays with. It’s a strange juxraposition for me, these movies so full of color and the sketches in monochrome, but it makes it simple to work like this while I watch.
I didn’t sketch our next movie, Princess Mononoke, which was followed by what is probably my favorite of of his movies, Spirited Away. I combined a bit of imagery from the screen with a sketch of my son. (And no, he wasn’t frightened like he looks in my sketch, just engrossed…)
If one movie has come to represent Miyazaki, it is Totoro.
We’ll be continuing and watching through a 20-movie collection over the next few weeks , so you might see more Miyazaki-viewing sketches here.
On a separate note, this Sunday, I have the huge honor not only to be a part of the USk Talks series (see them all here) but also to share the hour with Gabi Campanario, as we both chat about Urban Sketching as a Question. You can join us live at 9pm Pacific Time of Saturday June 6th on the USk Instagram page.