Mononoke Hime Tribute to one of my favorite animated films of all time, Princess Mononoke by Hayao Miyazaki. Seeing this film when I was young played a huge part in inspiring to follow art as a career. I wanted to tell stories in the unique, amazing way he does. I know I do a lot of fanart of Princess Mononoke, and it really is because it has inspired me my whole life. I wanted to try to capture the spirit I see in the movie; the purity coupled with rage, the face and mask imagery, and the absence of a clear good or evil.
Studio Ghibli Key Animator Makiko Futaki Passes Away at 58
Studio Ghibli animator Makiko Futaki passed away last Friday, 13th May, while being treated for an illness. She was 58. Her close relatives held a private funeral for her.
Futaki who worked on almost every Ghibli film from Nausicaa to When Marnie Was There was primarily a key animator and is said to have animated the iconic scene in 1988′s My Neighbour Totoro where Mei, Satsuki and the Totoro’s grow a giant camphor tree in their garden, so its safe to say she was pretty much a Studio Ghibli Legend.