Monday, March 3, 2014

These Art Nouveau Studio Ghibli illustrations belong in a museum

I'm not really sure when it happened, but somehow - someway - Art Nouveau became a thing recently and now almost everyone's gaga for the style.

Whether it's gracing t-shirts or apartment walls, there is a quiet, quaint, and undeniably retro beauty to art nouveau-styled artwork... which helps make these Studio Ghibli images even more impressive.

Note that I said 'help'.  This artist's illustrations barely need any assistance to turn heads on their own, but mixing familiar Ghibli images with the current trendy art style revival is a surefire recipe for success.

Created by breakout manga illustrator Takumi who until recently worked as a flirty gentleman host at a posh nightclub, each amazing illustration is done by hand on regular 'ol paper, then - according to Rocket News - colored using standard Copic (alcohol-based) magic markers.

More amazingly, Takumi - whose Pixiv account is right here - claims to have never taken a formal art class and is, by all accounts, self-taught.

His Art Nouveau Ghibli collection includes Castle in the Sky, Nausicca, Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service, and - of course - My Neighbor Totoro... with the only downside being that they appear to be limited to the images on his Pixiv and are not available for purchase as posters (or anything else for that matter).

Which is an absolute shame, because I would totally decorate the hell out of a room in my house with the entire collection of these beautiful bad boys.