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De-Stress with 30 Minutes of Relaxing Visuals from Director Hayao Miyazaki

What does it mean to describe something as relaxing? Most of us would agree that a relaxing thing is one that quiets both mind and body. There’s scientific evidence to support the stress-relieving, restorative effects of spending time in nature. Even go-go-go city slickers with a hankering for excitement and adventure tend to understand the concept of “relaxing” as something slow-paced and surprise-free. HBO Max is touting its collection of animation master Hayao Miyazaki‘s films with 30...
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Takabatake Satoshi Precision Background Art Book Review

Just what exactly are “Precision Background” art ? Also referred to in the Japanese animation industry as “Haikei Genzu” (背景原図), which roughly translates as “background/scenery original drawings”, precision background art are if you will, the base/foundation drawings that are the prerequisite before actual painting and/or creation of complex background art pieces can be done. This particular discipline is often overshadowed by the work of background artists, but is absolutely crucial in the a...
Tags: Amazon, Freedom, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Animation, Metropolis, Anime, Steamboy, Layout, Ghost in the Shell, Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo, Background Art, Kazuo Oga, Amazon De


A Magical Look Inside the Painting Process of Studio Ghibli Artist Kazuo Oga

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaO2HEkC_qQ The magic of Studio Ghibli’s films owes much to their characters: the high-flying Princess Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind; the World War I-fighter ace-turned-swine Porco Rosso; the spirited ten-year-old Chihiro, spirited away into the realm of folklore; the dog-raccoon-bear-cat forest spirit known only as Totoro. But to understand what makes these figures come alive, we must remember that they inhabit living worlds. A Ghibli production stan...
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In This Corner Of The World Background Art Book Review

In This Corner Of The World is a critically acclaimed animated film directed by Katabuchi Sunao, based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Kono Fumiyo. Released in 2016 after a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign to cover its production costs, the story follows the life of young woman named Suzu who experiences the hardships and horrors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during WWII. I have previously reviewed the official art book for the film here back in 2018; thi...
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The Second Movement – Fukushima : Kazuo Oga Art Book Review

The Second Movement – (Memories Of) Fukushima is a compilation of poems curated by renowned Japanese actress Sayuri Yoshinaga, with illustrations by veteran Ghibli background artist Kazuo Oga. The book is dedicated to the residents of Fukushima, whose lives were greatly affected by the nuclear meltdown at the plant after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that took place on 3/11/2011. Besides her film career, Sayuri Yoshinaga has dedicated much of her time over the past 30 years reciting ...
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Anime Background Art Books Round Up ( 2020 Update )

This post was first published in Oct 2012 and has been updated in 2020 to include more background art books since published. More than just beautifully painted pictures of landscapes and skies, background art is an integral and crucial component of anime, setting the stage for the performance of all characters in the film. A skilfully painted background plate can really accentuate the mood and atmosphere of any given scene, at the same time elevating the aesthetic quality of the film. Here...
Tags: Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Animation, Tokyo, Miami, Shinjuku, Mamoru Oshii, Anime, Shell, Steamboy, Ping Pong, Jin, Yamamoto, Mamoru Hosoda, Kimura


100 Views – Yamamoto Nizo Background Art Book Review

Yamamoto Nizo is a veteran background artist who have worked on such esteemed films as Madhouse’s A Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Ghibli’s Mononoke Hime, Laputa – Castle In The Sky, Grave Of The Fireflies, and more. This art book, titled 100 Views ( Hyakkei – a reference to the 100 famous views of Japan ) collects 100 background art pieces that the artist has painted over his 40 years of work. There is also a small collection of concept art and color keys the artist created for films like Grav...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Animation, Anime, Amazon UK, Spirited Away, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Ghibli, Background Art, Princess Mononoke, Kazuo Oga, Mononoke Hime


The Second Movement – Wind Of Hiroshima/Nagasaki Book Review

The Second Movement – Wind Of Hiroshima/Nagasaki is a compilation of poems curated by renowned Japanese actress Sayuri Yoshinaga, with illustrations by veteran Ghibli background artist Kazuo Oga. Besides her film career, Sayuri Yoshinaga has dedicated much of her time over the past 30 years reciting poems for anti-nuclear advocacy, some of which are collected in this book, with full English translations included. Coupled with Kazuo Oga’s beautiful watercolor illustrations, the book makes for ...
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Kazuo Oga

You may not be familiar with the name Kazuo Oga, but if you’re a fan of Ghibli films, then you’ve certainly seen his work in the form of the luscious painted backgrounds. Here are a couple of videos that show him at work, as well as a more general documentary, both with English subtitles.
Tags: Travel, Art, Video, Film, Documentary, Painting, Animation, Backgrounds, Anime, Ghibli, Kazuo Oga


Portfolio – Mark Schultz Art Book Review

Warning : The following post contains nudity/adult content. Portfolio – The Complete Various Drawings is an art book by American illustrator Mark Schultz, most well known for his self-created and owned comic book series, Xenozoic Tales ( Cadillacs and Dinosaurs ). This beautiful hard cover volume compiles 275 drawings from the 5 separate volumes of Various Drawings the artist created from the period of 2005 to 2012. Mark Schultz’s impressive and flawless draftsmanship,...
Tags: Comics, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Anime, Portfolio, Alex Ross, Amazon UK, Mark Schultz, Amazon Japan, Art Book Review, Manga/comics, Takayuki Takeya, Kazuo Oga


Tales from the Loop – Simon Stålenhag Art Book Review

Initially conceived as a 2 volume kickstarter art book project, Simon Stålenhag’s Tales from the Loop is a mesmerizing sci-fi journey that takes the viewer through various desolate country and city landscapes inhabited by abandoned robots, machinery and giant mecha. Stålenhag combines his stunning eye for pleasing aesthetics and apt application of visual tricks like atmospherics, perspective, depth of field and subtle rim lighting to create highly cinematic images that really draw viewer in. ...
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Princess Kaguya Roman Album Art Book Review

Japanese publisher Tokuma Shoten’s “Roman Album” series for Ghibli’s animated films have always been abridged versions of the “Art Of” books, with a smaller collection of art work and more pages dedicated to interviews and text articles. Since the Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) however, the art content of the Roman album has been greatly expanded, featuring more image and layout boards, as well as genga ( key animation drawings ). This is true also for The Tale Of Princess Kaguya, which at 183 pag...
Tags: Amazon, Film, Illustration, Anime, Isao Takahata, Watercolor, Concept Art, Amazon UK, Kaguya, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Ghibli, Background Art, Kaguyahime, Princess Kaguya, Tokuma Shoten