I made a print store! society6.com/dannydiaz/prints
All these pieces are just sitting around; might as well do something useful with them.
Despite physics classes I'm taking this summer, I'm trying to keep the ARTING ALIVE with oil painting, weekly open studio figure drawing, reading, and plenty of graphic-novel-concept-ing!
I just finished reading Turning Point
a collection of essays, interviews and notes from Miyazaki. After reading it, all I can think about is how Miyazaki would think that i'm doing everything wrong in my attempts to art and that I shouldn't even be wasting my time reading about him.
Excerpt from the afterword of the book:
"I was not thrilled about publishing this book.... It wasn't as if I had an active interest in its publication. If I am to publish a book, I should write one with the clear awareness that I want to do so. A book that has collected the likes of talks I have given here and there, or what i was obliged to say, or what I wrote because I was asked to write something seems to me to reveal evidence of my shame. So, frankly, I'm not too happy about it. When writers pen even a short piece, they most probably are expecting it to be included in a book someday. But I don't have any such expectation.... When I see this collection of my writings and my statements, even I can't guarantee that it is the real Hayao Miyazaki."
Despite that, I still think it was super worth reading. There are still countless insights. Even as my own work and many others' is heavily influenced by Ghibli, i don't think any one of us approaches making art in the same way conceptually. E.g. he states in the production notes on Ponyo that "the sea is animated not as a backdrop to the story but as one of its principal characters." E.g. he asserts that animators should "get rid of straight lines [and] use gently warped lines that allow the possibility of magic to exist, liberating us from the curse of perspective drawing." LIKE HOW DOES HE COME UP WITH THESE CONCISE, SUBTLE AND SIMULTANEOUSLY POWERFUL IDEAS? And his constant humiliation (as seen above) despite the universal acclaim and awards he's earned, and the realization of his visions (not just the films--anyway he states that "I consider films not to be something I am making but something that is the result of mixing many different elements together.... I don't have the sense that 'my own ideas were are at the core,'" but e.g. the fact that he made the Ghibli museum and elementary schools both happen) is also mindboggling.
(I should go do some art now, Miyazaki would probably consider this blog post a self-indulgent waste of time lol.)