More pictures from the Studio Ghibli Layout Designs Exhibition artbook. The exhibition is on till the 28th of September. Read Part I and the Preview for more details regarding the exhibition. (above) Layouts from Spirited Away, love those tiny little huts.
(above) Layouts from Nausicaa. As a young kid I was totally mesmerized by the manga and Miyazaki’s beautiful watercolor illustrations which he did for the covers.
(above) Laputa, or Castle in the Sky. Many of my friends cite this as their favourite Ghibli film.
(above) Porco Rosso. I keep reminding myself to rewatch this again, but haven’t had time at all. Soon, soon.
(above) My favourite Ghibli film, Mononoke Hime. The first time I saw it the hauntingly powerful images and moving score from the film put me in a daze for a couple of days, I kid you not. My only regret is that I never got to watch it in a cinema.
(above) Spirited Away had a staggering amount of layout designs, even more than Princess Mononoke, ( which is Miyazaki’s most epic film) probably because of the sheer variety of characters that appear in the film and the huge number of sets designs. At the exhibition layouts from Spirited Away were displayed in a special room, with artwork stretching right up to the ceiling. The picture immediately above shows my favourite characters from Spirited Away, Bird Brains.
(above) Howl’s Moving Castle. Not one of my favourites, but the quality of animation and art direction still make this an excellent film by any other standards.
(above) And finally, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. This has got to be my new favourite after Princess Mononoke. Its just so innocently sweet that I can’t stop smiling when I think about the scenes from the film.
And these were the some of the highlights from the exhibition art book. A total of about 1300 layouts were on show altogether, so what I’ve shown is really just a very small part.