The Art of Ponyo Part II : Concept and Background Art

Posted By yonghow on September 3rd, 2008

We’ve looked at the beautiful watercolor storyboards in Part I, now let’s move on to the concept and background art for Ponyo. ( By the way, Ponyo is in competition at the Venice Film Festival 2008, may it take the Golden Lion home ! ) ใ‚ˆใ—ใ‚ƒ๏ผHere we go !

(Below) Character studies for Sosuke and Ponyo, very often done wtih mini comic scenarios.

(above) Who won’t want to live in such a charming house ? Note the curved, translucent plastic shelter for the parking lot; its designed just like the one found at the real Ghibli Studios in Musashi Koganei.

(above) A giant background art plate. The original art piece was on display at the Studio Ghibli Layout Designs exhibition.

You can get a copy of this artbook here.

Also read : The Art of Ponyo Part I : Storyboards


13 Responses to “The Art of Ponyo Part II : Concept and Background Art”

Diego Casaes

It looks quite interesting this book considering I’m always amazed by Ghibli background layouts.

I confess I’m not familiar with this movie yet. I’m still waiting for a DVD release because I don’t live in Japan so I didn’t watch this film in the cinema.



Diego – Thanks for dropping by ! Don’t miss the opportunity to watch this in the cinema when its released in your country ! :]

Diego Casaes

Unfortunately yonghow it’s hardly unlikely for this film to be released in the cinema where I live, in Brazil.

The last Ghibli movie in the cinemas here was Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi(Spirited Away), the rest of the movies are always released in DVD only.


The art book is so good. I’ll just have to wait for the English version to come out.


wow. I want to watch thisssss!!! T_T. Looking forward to the release at the theaters…


Beautiful stuff. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing this in theatres – might wait for a Blu-ray release so I can have Japanese audio, though.

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I love it! Does this book have any larger prints of the opening credit storyboard?


i love the movie.


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