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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 1st Edition edition (May 9 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421505932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421505930
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hayao Miyazaki is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. He is also the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, the award-winning Japanese animation studio and production company behind worldwide hits such as PRINCESS MONONOKE, HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE and SPIRITED AWAY.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on May 19 2010
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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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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
A great book for artists May 9 2007
By Picatso - 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very insightful but I wanted more! Feb. 11 2010
By M. Tonatiuh Moreno Ramos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I liked this book very much. The illustrations are superb and the comments and character design sketches are very inspiring. The only complaint is that there are not enough of them compared to the vast majority of film stills, which are gorgeous, by the way.
Another great title for the Studio Ghibli Library June 28 2011
By Stop Motion Maniac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The format for this book is very similar to Porco Rosso (i.e. same page number length, screenplay at back, hardback with no dust cover).

The book is divided into the following parts:

In the Beginning
Art of the Animated Film
Animation Technique
Screenplay of the Film

The Animation Technique section is a nice bonus which is missing from the Porco Rosso title. After reading many of these titles you start recognizing many of the artist's names who work for Studio Ghibli.

Highly recommended.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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.


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