Nausicaa Watercolor Collection – Miyazaki Hayao Art Book Review

Posted By yonghow on May 29th, 2011

Nausicaa Watercolor Collection - Miyazaki Hayao Art Book

This is a most splendid and comprehensive collection of Miyazaki Hayao’s watercolor illustrations for his manga/anime “Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind”. Little else needs to be said; the book is filled with gorgeous art work from cover to cover.

Nausicaa Watercolor Collection - Miyazaki Hayao Art Book
Nausicaa Watercolor Collection - Miyazaki Hayao Art Book
Nausicaa Watercolor Collection - Miyazaki Hayao Art Book
Nausicaa Watercolor Collection - Miyazaki Hayao Art Book

Its hard to talk about Nausicaa without mentioning the French artist Moebius, because the influence / inspiration he had on the visual style of Miyazaki’s work  ( esp Nausicaa ) is significant.

Nausicaa Watercolor Collection - Miyazaki Hayao Art Book
Nausicaa Watercolor Collection - Miyazaki Hayao Art Book
Nausicaa Watercolor Collection - Miyazaki Hayao Art Book
Nausicaa Watercolor Collection - Miyazaki Hayao Art Book

I guess the only complaint I have are these landscape style images (above) that have been split at the spline; I would have preferred if they printed it along the length of the book to preserve the integrity of the entire artwork, nevermind that I’ll have to rotate the book 90 degrees to view it.

Nausicaa Watercolor Collection - Miyazaki Hayao Art Book
Nausicaa Watercolor Collection - Miyazaki Hayao Art Book
Nausicaa Watercolor Collection - Miyazaki Hayao Art Book
Nausicaa Watercolor Collection - Miyazaki Hayao Art Book
Nausicaa Watercolor Collection - Miyazaki Hayao Art Book

These illustrations cover about the first half of the book, the 2nd half contains watercolor conceptual artwork for the animated version of the film, with some overlapping material from “The Art of Nausicaa” art book. I’ll review that book sometime in the near future.

Nausicaa Watercolor Collection - Miyazaki Hayao Art Book
Nausicaa Watercolor Collection - Miyazaki Hayao Art Book
Nausicaa Watercolor Collection - Miyazaki Hayao Art Book
Nausicaa Watercolor Collection - Miyazaki Hayao Art Book
Nausicaa Watercolor Collection - Miyazaki Hayao Art Book

“Nausicaa Watercolor Collection″ Art book details :

– Dimensions –11.9 x 9.1 x 0.9 inches
– Softcover, 207 pages
– Full color / b & w

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5 Responses to “Nausicaa Watercolor Collection – Miyazaki Hayao Art Book Review”

sayuri

It’s a gorgeous artbook, I bought in Tokyo, second hand, and never get tired of viewing it 🙂

demonFAUNA

NAUSICAA is my favorite Miyazaki-san / STUDIO GHIBLI film (besides CASTLE IN THE SKY). This beautiful art book is part of my collection. I love his masterful use of watercolor..

Hina

Absolutely beautiful! The art really shows how magical the movie and manga are. I’d love to see Miyazaki-san or somebody at Studio Ghibli do another sci-fi film with a “grittier” or more serious tone like Nausicaa.

yonghow

sayuri – Me neither !

demonFAUNA – My favourite’s Princess Mononoke, but any watercolor illustration by Miyazaki-san is magical.

Hina – Let’s see what he will do after the Porco Rosso sequel !

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