ByJonathan J Moya, writer at
Movie loving owner of a fashion boutique.
Jonathan J Moya

Some times fan art achieves something remarkable. It can both capture the essence of a favorite movie while still keeping a strong individual style. When essence and style are perfectly mated fan art can come close to true art-- showing the world we see in a truly new way.

That is what happens in the Studio Ghibli paintings of Penelope Paws. It takes something already rendered beautifully and magically and gives it a whole new essence.

One prime example is Paw's Kiki's Delivery Service watercolor painting. Not only does it echo witch rides at night and that famous bike against the moon shot from E.T., but paints the ride as the ultimate expression of childhood imagination. The painting flows from outer to inner space, the exact opposite of the traditional witch ride (and E.T.) which nods to another not "seeable" but still emotionally tangible future. Instead Paw's is painting a journey back to the source of all that is magical and childlike.

Enjoy discovering the magical essences of her other water colors.

You can see more of Penelope Paws work at her Etsy shop.

Kiki's Delivery Service Flying near the Moon with JIji:

Studio Ghibli Spirited Away Bathhouse with Haku and No Face:

Studio Ghibli Secret World of Arrietty:

Studio Ghibli Howl’s Moving Castle:

Studio Ghibli My Neighbor Totoro:

Disney Big Hero 6 Baymax hugs Hiro:

Studio Ghibli Princess Mononoke ft. San of the Wolf Tribe:

Studio Ghibli Laputa Castle in the Sky ft. Robot Soldier:

Despicable Me Minions Line Up:

Doctor Who 10th Doctor Tardis Bad Wolf:

Hiccup & Toothless How to Train Your Dragon:

Disney Pixar Monsters, Inc.:

Via Bored Panda.

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