The Art of Kiki’s Delivery Service

A little while back I did a post on “Kiki’s Delivery Service picture/poem book”, a light, children’s read along picture book. For fans and artists who are more keen on taking a closer look at the art behind the anime, this volume should pique your interest .

(above) Early character designs for Kiki, sporting a longer hairstyle. Miyazaki-san commented that the design was abandoned mostly for practical reasons – its just harder ( or more time consuming ) to animate ! (below) Character studies for Kuroneko ( black cat ) Jiji, as much a star of the film as Kiki is.

To get inspirations for the setting behind the film, Miyazaki-san took some of his key staff to several locations in Europe for research, including places like Stockholm and Sweden, and they were particularly smitten by a town called Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland.

(above) Character designs for Tombo. As a kid I was always getting him mixed up with Jean Roque Raltique from Gainax’s Nadia – Secret of Blue Water because they look somewhat alike.

(above left) Absolutely love the poster – I think it captures the sentiments and mood of the film perfectly. ( below ) The book also comes with a full transcript of the film’s original Japanese screenplay, an excellent tool if you’re learning Japanese.

Flipping through the book gives me the rush to watch the film again. And Ghibli really need to release the film on blu-ray !

The Art of Kiki’s Delivery Service Art Book details :

– Dimensions – 11.6 x 8.4 x 0.9 inches
– 209 pages
– Soft cover
– Color, comes with english introduction by Miyazaki-san

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