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Nausicaa (Mimic)


This is my attempt to replicate a panel from Volume 6, page 76 of Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece, “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.”  I’ve finally got around to reading the entire thing, and I’m obsessed with his art work — his use of lines, cross-hatching, and layout is stunning.  He manages to combine complete simplicity and intense detail, and all without color to bring out the contrast.  Of course, he was working with a brush and ink-washes, so I’m also trying to figure out how to mimic this look using photoshop and my tablet.  As an extra detail, I tried to get his hand-drawn look to the panel as well.  Over all, I’m pretty pleased with how it looks.


2 responses

  1. Great job! The Nausicaa manga is an incredible and epic piece of work. The amount of detail in each panel never ceases to astonish me.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:35 am

    • Chris Van Dyke

      thanks! that’s why i wanted to try mimicing — i usually do a very “cartoony” style, and would like to be able to do a more serious style when the story needs it, and the balance between detail and simplicity in each panel is striking.

      July 3, 2012 at 12:48 am

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