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For the “Bicycle Boy” illustration series I was using the same sketchbooks as Hayao Miyazaki.

I got interested in those sketchbooks since I saw the documentary series about “Ponyo” in which Hayao Miyazaki was using them to do concept arts with pencils and watercolours. He was also often carrying them around while walking between his atelier and the studio. Naturally I got interested and went to investigate.

They are called simply DRAWING BLOCK and are made by maruman

They are really cheap (F6 size for about 500¥), have nice quality paper (I used watercolours, pencils, brush pens and even my fountain pen with no problems) and come in many sizes. Each has 20 pages of 156.5g/m2 paper.

「自転車少年」イラストシリーズの中で、宮崎駿さんと同じスケッチブックを使いました。

ドキュメンタリー番組「ポニョはこうして生まれた」で宮崎さんが鉛筆と水彩のコンセプトボードのために使ったスケッチブックを見て、当然気になってすぐ文房具屋へ調べに行きました!

これはすごくシンプルなMARUMANのDRAWING BLOCKという商品です。

結構安いですが(F6サイズが¥500ぐらい)紙が良質(水彩、筆ペン、鉛筆、万年筆まで使えました)で、サイズの選択肢も多いです。156.5g/m2紙厚で20ページ、すごくいい感じです!

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ここの森に着いたら、すぐ新しいお友達出来ました。
[パパのコメント: なんか顔似てるよね。]

I have arrived in this forest and made a new friend really quickly.
[Papa’s comment: Even your faces somewhat look alike.]