With Studio Ghibli, one of the finest animation studios in the world as their palace, Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and Ghibli's other directors are widely regarded as kings of their craft. Yet, Mateusz Urbanowicz and Roberto Nieto are two extremely talented artists whose stunning fan art rivals the greats.
If you didn't know any better, you'd swear that artist and animator Mateusz Urbanowicz worked for Studio Ghibli. His gorgeous watercolor series "Bicycle Boy," inspired by Yoshifumi Kondō's beautiful film Whisper of the Heart, is truly jaw-dropping. Take a look:
In the first of a series of 10, Bicycle Boy sets off on his journey through gorgeous, cherry blossom-filled Sakuragaoka, the location where Whisper of the Heart is set.
Halfway through his journey, Bicycle Boy rides through a beautifully rendered city alongside a Japanese train.
Featuring a brilliant sunset, the final image reveals the reason for his journey: a girl! Says Urbanowicz on his Tumblr:
I wanted to keep it in the spirit of the series but also mark it as the last one, concluding the story in an nontrivial manner. Just meeting the girl was not enough — I had to figure out how to show why he was in such a hurry and how to make them equal.
Roberto Nieto's highly detailed and vividly colored digital art looks like something straight out of a Studio Ghibli movie. Drawing inspiration from Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro, his stunning art is truly film worthy:
Taking a week to complete, the rich greens and blues of this painting make Princess Mononoke's forest look lush and oh so magical.
This image of Howl's Moving Castle is breathtaking!
The longer you look at this dazzling My Neighbor Totoro inspired scene, the more you wish to enter this magical forest and join Mei on her latest adventure.
Check out more stunning artwork — this time from Studio Ghibli — in the trailer for Ponyo below:
Whose artistic style is your favorite?
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