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Philosophy of Hayao Miyazaki Comic Page 5

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For my visual narratives class we had to make a five page comic that told the story/a story of a famous person's life. I chose to do Hayao Miyazaki, and instead of doing a direct sroty about him, I chose to do a telling oh his philosophy about life- beliefs that he has gathered through his life and now incorporates into his movies.

The whole comic was done using ink- no pens, just nibs and brush, and all shaded was done with ink washes.

I had never used ink (besides micron pens) until now, so it was a bit daunting, but it turned out to be pretty fun!

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gdpr-37315066's avatar
Interesting. Can't say I totally agree with him but I think it's amazing the way this man has managed to create such beautiful movies by remaining faithful to the culture and philosophy of Japan. Miyazaki's efforts in creating Japanese beauty for the whole world to enjoy are the main reason why I think of him as great.
Thanks for the comic. You did an awesome work.
FoxyFlower22's avatar
This is just wonderful-Miyazaki is such a animation god and you did a great job portraying his messages here! :D Princess Mononoke was the first film of his I saw and just fell in love with the rest of his films after that.

Btw-I hope you got a great grade for this work! =^.^=
aruquita's avatar
Wow. I love all the Miyazaki´s works and I think that you have done an amazing work with his filosophy.
I don´t have words...
Tehemptyfeeling's avatar
Absolutely amazing 
Stuperman454's avatar
the ink washing, on this page particularly, is almost as amazing as the art in the movie itself.
That was really well done! (I think so anyways)

KunikoFlowerCactus's avatar
Amazing!!! Im sad that he's retiring but Im happy that we have so many of his films that we can all treasure =) 
Rodla-Bazmen's avatar
darling this made me cry, its beautiful. congratulations!
XxRavenUchihaxX's avatar
So beautiful, I would love to see movies like that :D
julipegas's avatar
And this is why I love Miyazaki! :love:
Great job on this, your inks are beautiful!
aniwablue's avatar
Wow, so perfect! So well said!
SnoweWoulf's avatar
A wonderful mix of beautiful art and philosophy!
Lau-the-cat's avatar
this is incredible! I love it! so much talent!!!
Destiny-Smasher's avatar
This was really neat. Love it. These kind of ideas motivate me as a storyteller, and I think it's this sort of philosophy that has made these films so popular on a worldwide level, with all ages.
Fictional-Fact's avatar
Brilliant. Please tell me your teacher loved it, too.
InugomeSanku's avatar
Wow. Just....wow. This is spectacular.
hikarikoi86's avatar
there is no evil or good, only those that live for what they think is right. I must've heard this somewhere before. That was what I thought when I saw your work. Great illustrations there :)
goldentorch4's avatar
These are very wise words
Druds's avatar
Never heard of this guy but the logic behind this is pure gold.
Metr0n0me's avatar
Being a random passer-by Troll, I feel know I am out of line commenting on a stranger's site... but as a fellow Miyazaki fan (I am actually making him and Tolkien the topic of my Senior Thesis Paper) I hope you will graciously forgive my impropriety. I hope you do not take this as any personal attack on you or your fantastic drawing skills. {:B You do a good job presenting Miyazaki as himself, and all my comments, as it were, are directed to his person.

But Miyazaki has an idea of good and evil; he does not at all think they are equals. He says he does, but he does not believe it; because he pledges himself to "balance" between the twain. But then, he is saying there is a proper path; and by definition then, he believes only in a higher arbitration, a higher road or dao or path of good. He says death and life are both part of humanity; but he exhorts us to strive, to live, and to love. He does not put death and life and say he cares not which. If they are equal, then yet, he wishes us to fight to live harmoniously. This is not really hypocrisy. He just overreacts justly against the evil that comes from the opposite extreme. But he is still wrong. A real evil is Evil. A real good is Good. And he agrees more than half to this idea, though he doesn't seem to notice.

He is much too poetic to be entirely wrong, and much too wise to be a spineless pessimist. And he is entirely too much in a faery world of imagination to be unlike people like Tolkien. Tolkien does believe in the Good. They both explicitly believe in Hero. It's entirely eerie, that two people so separated by time and tradition would at times sound so similar (what he says about storytelling in Starting Point sounds nearly word-for-word like Tolkien's Essay "On Fairy-Stories"; and his spiel on Chihiro in Turning Point sounds just like the Hobbits in LOTR. No joking.)

Ah well, enough "Trolling" on my part. But please reconsider this Manichean dualism, Mr. Miyazaki. It don't make real sense, eventually one figures out one is really NOT believing in the equality of two sides, but in Heros.
LuvAllPokemon's avatar
This is why I love his work. When I watched my first movie by him, I thought about this, and this has changed my philosophy forever, as I am really interested in philosophy. You did a great job capturing the essence, especially on this last page. ^-^ Good job!!!!!!
Goosuto's avatar
Definitely enjoyed this series. I'm doing a lot of work with ink and watercolour lately as well (none uploaded here yet. What kind of paper are using? I find I've overloaded the paper all too often. Right now I'm buying a European paper I'd used for woodcut printmaking last year. Stonehenge Faun. Any experience with this?

I'm either using the wrong sort of paper for this kind of work, or I'm ultimately adding too much water to the paper.
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