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'Howl's Moving Castle,' Studio Ghibli.

Here we have a beautiful replica-print of an original  cel-Layout drawing from 'Howl's Moving Castle', 2004.

This 'Howl's Moving Castle' Studio Ghibli Replica 'layout' Print is a high-quality digital print that captures the essence of the popular Studio Ghibli film, 'Howl's Moving Castle'. The art print shows the amount of detail and planning that is involved in creating a scene of traditional animation. It shows instructions that include camera moves, background reference and scale of the characters. With its vibrant colors and intricate details, this artwork is perfect for any fan of the art of Studio Ghibli.

This piece has been beautifully printed on 11x17" cardstock. The print is a  lovely replica of an original concept/layout drawing from the film 'Howl's Moving Castle'. This is not a studio original. 

Layout design is a particular stage of the animated feature in between the rough storyboard creating the narrative and the finished animated scenes.


Howl's Moving Castle, Studio Ghibli print, Anime print

  • A layout drawing has a very specific technical purpose: to create defined visual references for the animated in terms of scenery, perspective and position of the characters. It will detail how these characters move but also how the camera may pan upwards, to the side, or zoom in on a particular moment. They are also used to define the exact timing of each scene and movement, as well as key notions in terms of lighting, shadow and mood.  Howl's Moving Castle (Japanese: ハウルの動く城, Hepburn: Hauru no Ugoku Shiro) is a 2004 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It is loosely based on the 1986 novel of the same name by British author Diana Wynne Jones. The film was produced by Toshio Suzuki, animated by Studio Ghibli and distributed by Toho. The Japanese voice cast featured Chieko Baisho and Takuya Kimura, while the English dub version starred Jean Simmons, Emily Mortimer, Lauren Bacall, Christian Bale, Josh Hutcherson and Billy Crystal. The film is set in a fictional kingdom where both magic and early twentieth-century technology are prevalent, against the backdrop of a war with another kingdom. It tells the story of Sophie, a young milliner who is turned into an elderly woman by a witch who enters her shop and curses her. She encounters a wizard named Howl and gets caught up in his resistance to fighting for the king.

    A lot of Miyazaki’s favorite themes, from anti-violence to female empowerment to sacrifice, are embedded in one of his most highly detailed visual works. The design of the titular castle is stunning, a remarkable creation in Ghibli history, and every image seems to be nearly bursting with visual flourishes. There are frames in this film filled with detail, almost to a cluttering degree, but Miyazaki brings his fairy-tale vision back to what people love about Ghibli while maintaining one of his most strident messages. Miyazaki reportedly opposed the war in Iraq and made this film in response — a story of how violence shapes the landscape and can destroy the human soul. Some of these themes are handled with more nuance in better Miyazaki films, but one can’t deny the visual prowess on display here.

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