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Philosophy of Hayao Miyazaki Comic Page 5 by sapphiresky1410 Philosophy of Hayao Miyazaki Comic Page 5 by sapphiresky1410
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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BillyWeirdo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016
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.
RenEscar Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015   General Artist
FoxyFlower22 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
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 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Student General Artist
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 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
Absolutely amazing 
Stuperman454 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student
the ink washing, on this page particularly, is almost as amazing as the art in the movie itself.
stancliffe Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
That was really well done! (I think so anyways)

KunikoFlowerCactus Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
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 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
darling this made me cry, its beautiful. congratulations!
XxRavenUchihaxX Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful, I would love to see movies like that :D
julipegas Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
And this is why I love Miyazaki! :love:
Great job on this, your inks are beautiful!
aniwablue Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, so perfect! So well said!
SnoweWoulf Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A wonderful mix of beautiful art and philosophy!
Lau-the-cat Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is incredible! I love it! so much talent!!!
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
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 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Brilliant. Please tell me your teacher loved it, too.
InugomeSanku Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Wow. This is spectacular.
hikarikoi86 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
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 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student General Artist
These are very wise words
Druds Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Never heard of this guy but the logic behind this is pure gold.
Metr0n0me Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
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 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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!!!!!!
mylifesadaydream Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Goosuto Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
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.
lovevigilanti Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey I was wondering if you have a source for the quote that you used or if it's a quote. I'm writing a paper and it would be REALLY awesome if you had any info about it thank you so much!

p.s. you did a really wonderful job with this!!!
liamnaruto Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
so true and pretty
heythere-raebear Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very beautifully done with tons of quote i want to write down somewhere lol. wonderful work. AAA+++++++++++
hollisensor Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
this whole comic was beautifully drawn and perfectly structured. amazing!
kahbui Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
how should I put it ? AMAZING !
love you very much
Oodinen Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great message in this, and love those pictures. Princess Mononoke just rox hard \,,/
HaraBagha Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012   General Artist
What a hard work!
It's magnific: you just caught Miyazaki's Philosophy and resume it brillianty.
Also, with such beautiful images.

I'm completely amazed. It's "easy" to find "fanart" of Miyazaki, but not so easy find tributes so well developed and so touching like this. :clap:

Completely wonderful. I'm so greatful you share it in this community. :aww:
Swirl-spill Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Very deep and very true :)
mbembet Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
the world needs more people like Hayao Miyazaki
GoldenEyedDragon Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
megascetch Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good job, it turned out greate!:love:
maybe I should try out ink...
NoctiLuna Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely art! and what you illustrated here is indeed what I love about Miyazaki's works. I'm so tired of the old good vs. evil scheme almost every other movie has.
wrencher888 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Your whole comic truly does portray Miyazaki's thoughts and views very well. Excellent job, missy :peace::D! I hope to be a true hero of this world someday, starting with the gaming industry....Thanks to some good friends, family and my God, I'm gradually learning how to be a REAL hero, a Warrior of Light, not some freaking self-absorbed poser hero....
Nemo-e Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
I really liked it. The images just ewoke the quote so well.
HiroshiMorie Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
TheTigerRising Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's deep... I LOVE IT!!!
TakeshiXKagome4eva Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
*Cries* OH GAWD HOW I LOVE THIS XD Awesome job. And to do all of this with ink only, its truly amazing im jealous lol. But good job in getting his philosophy across. I completely and utterly agree with them too. Theres more to life than just the usual black and white to it.
Vair-Bair Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
very well interpretated *claps* i love it and Miyazaki-sensai
MummyMetaller Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
... Wow... It's so pleasant to find someone with the same mindset :)

Awesome stuff.
CustomCookie Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
I just read your comic. This is a wonderful interpretation.
IPlayTheFox Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work on all of these! This one has to be my favorite, though. The images you chose illustrate the meaning of Miyazaki's words perfectly!
SeraphimEarl Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You need to continue this. Seriously.

I got a question though...

Is it natural for that deer to have so many antlers?
Zigzagpaul2 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
It's a part of 'Princess Mononoke'.
SeraphimEarl Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for the clearance...
It was kinda freaky...

And i will repeat... Please...cotinue this.
Cybiline Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student General Artist
These are so amazing! I can't even begin to comprehend what they would look like in color!
Cutlows Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Oh, these were so beautiful! I'd love to hang them around my desk!
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