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.
One things I’ve been trying to do is copy styles I really like, just to figure out how things are done — what sort of line work they used, the sort of brushes on photoshop that match their inking style, how I can mimic the colors, etc. I really liked trying to replicate Kirby’s inks when drawing Galactus. Here I wanted to try my hand at some Maurice Sendak, and think it turned out pretty well.