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Art of Kiki's Delivery Service [Hardcover]

Hayao Miyazaki
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May 9 2006 Kiki's Delivery Service Film Comics
A 13-year old girl sets off on a journey to become a witch. In the process, she learns how to be a woman. Based on the movie of the same name, this prestige format, lavishly illustrated hard-bound book gives fans a rare glimpse into the creative process of Academy Award-winning director Hayo Miyazaki.

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Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's most beloved animation directors. In 2005 he was awarded the Venice International Film Festival's Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement, and his Studio Ghibli received the festival's Osella Award for overall achievement in 2004. Miyazaki's films include Spirited Away, winner of the 2002 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Film, as well as Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo, all of which have received great acclaim in the U.S. Miyazaki's other achievements include the highly regarded manga series Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Starting Point: 1979-1996, a collection of essays, interviews, and memoirs that chronicle his early career and the development of his theories of animation. Both are published in English by VIZ Media. "

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming May 19 2010
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Length: 0:35 Mins
The Art of Kiki's Delivery Service is a charming art book companion for the movie.

Even though Miyazaki's the director, screenwriter and producer for this film, his art is surprisingly missing in this book. This time round, the main contributing artists are Shinji Otsuka, Yoshifumi Kondo and Katsuya Kondo.

The art is still created using watercolours and they are very beautiful. The character designs by Katsuya Kondo are really cool. You can see the different variations of Kiki, her hairstyle, flying poses, expressions and the little mannerisms all captured. His lines and colours are very simple be he can create a really appealing cast of characters. Together with the two other artists Shinji Otsuka and Yoshifumi Kondo, they contribute the majority of the concept art in this book. And they all seem to draw in similar style for the storyboards.

The background paintings for Corico are also marvelous. I love the idyllic setting. Much of the designs are actually inspired from Visby, a city on the Swedish island of Gotland. Looking at the paintings instantly triggers holiday mood. Unfortunately, these unsung heroes of background art aren't credited directly to their work, although a list of names are included at the back of the book.

Most of the art have interesting comments by Miyazaki and the other artists. At the back, there's a section on basic camera techniques and how they are used in the film. And finally, there's the complete screenplay.

Highly recommended for all fans of the film and Studio Ghibli.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming May 19 2010
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The Art of Kiki's Delivery Service is a charming art book companion for the movie.

Even though Miyazaki's the director, screenwriter and producer for this film, his art is surprisingly missing in this book. This time round, the main contributing artists are Shinji Otsuka, Yoshifumi Kondo and Katsuya Kondo.

The art is still created using watercolours and they are very beautiful. The character designs by Katsuya Kondo are really cool. You can see the different variations of Kiki, her hairstyle, flying poses, expressions and the little mannerisms all captured. His lines and colours are very simple be he can create a really appealing cast of characters. Together with the two other artists Shinji Otsuka and Yoshifumi Kondo, they contribute the majority of the concept art in this book. And they all seem to draw in similar style for the storyboards.

The background paintings for Corico are also marvelous. I love the idyllic setting. Much of the designs are actually inspired from Visby, a city on the Swedish island of Gotland. Looking at the paintings instantly triggers holiday mood. Unfortunately, these unsung heroes of background art aren't credited directly to their work, although a list of names are included at the back of the book.

Most of the art have interesting comments by Miyazaki and the other artists. At the back, there's a section on basic camera techniques and how they are used in the film. And finally, there's the complete screenplay.

Highly recommended for all fans of the film and Studio Ghibli.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for artists May 9 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm an artist, and I bought this book because I like to see how other artists work. This book has lots of sketches by Miyazaki, who is tremendously facile at sketching. He also adds loose watercolor washes to some pictures. I'd like to see him at work, because it all looks so effortless. There are also pictures from the actual movie, of course, and work by other artists who prepared the film, as well as a complete plot synopsis.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful art book Jan. 3 2007
By Remo Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The Art of Kiki's Delivery Service is a wonderful art book for fans of Miyazaki's film who also happen to be artists. The background paintings are phenomenal and the quality of the printing brings them out so very clearly. If you're an artist, you'll drool over the artwork.

It is a collector's item.
5.0 out of 5 stars Geat June 19 2014
By Debra Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Bigger than I thought , A very nice book. A very nice table top Book. Has beautiful illustrations inside, and the screen play for the movie.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of KiKi's Delivery Service May 12 2014
By Anna Schulte - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book is large and coated so the pages are protected as I know my granddaughter will be looking and drwaing pictures from it. The print is good and pictures absolutely beautiful. For anyone loving Miyasaki's movies, these books show the drawing to finished product for the movies. Definitely collectors items.
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