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Who is Hayao Miyazaki ?

Hayao Miyazaki was born in 1941 in Tokyo, Japan. He graduated in 1963 with degrees in political science and economics, although he had already decided he wanted to become a manga artist and work in animation.


Hayao Miyazaki got a job at Toei Animation after his graduation, working as in-between artist. His talent was soon recognized, and he developed his many skills on a range of animated features, where he met Isao Takahata. He directed his first feature film, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, in 1984. In 1985, he created Studio Ghibli with Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki. He then became an icon in Japan and in the world, with features such as Laputa : Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke. He won awards in many festivals and academies,
and is today a living legend for anyone working in the animation business.

Sketchtravel contribution #71

Hayao Miyazaki's drawing is on the last page of Sketchtravel. Miyazaki drew and painted it in 3 days, in January 2011. The drawing spreads over two pages and represents a young boy in front of a plane.