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Yay! Legends Every Day embraces the magical worlds of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli.

By Daniel Barron


I love the films of Hayao Miyazaki. You love the films Hayao Miyazaki. Basically so does anyone with taste who also believes in things like wonder, imagination, feminism, the environment, and cute animals. And also just really gorgeous art. That basically covers anyone worth associating with, and if it doesn’t you might wanna get out a big red marker and that Christmas card list. Fuck ’em. People who hate Totoros don’t deserve any Yuletide spirit. They can console themselves with a juicy Shiba-Inu steak and a hot bath of orphan’s blood and manatee blubber soap.
But you ‘n’ me, we geddit, and the following artists really, really get it. Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli may now be from a bygone era, but their catalog of timeless films will illuminate young minds for generations. Get your cute, shape-shifting pet and prepare for an airship joyride through this latest collection of Yay! LA Original Art, part of Yay! Legends Every Day.


mary syring

Castle in the Sky (1986) – Mary Syring


Medium: Prismacolor colored pencil on watercolor paper

Size: 5×5″

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katerina koukiotis

The Cat Returns (2002) – Katerina Koukiotis

Medium: pastels on Starthmore artist paper

Size: 8×10″

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Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) – Mary Syring

“Howl and Sophie”

Medium: Prismacolor colored pencil on watercolor paper

Size: 5×5″

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Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) – Gretchen Lewis


Medium: oil on illustration board, in vintage frame

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Read our Artist Spotlight on Gretchen Lewis.


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My Neighbor Totoro (1988)- Stephen Bode

“King of the Wood”

Medium: pen and ink, metallic sharpie

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My Neighbor Totoro (1988) – Wonderbros Mike

“Miyazaki Shrine”

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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) – Kate Kennedy

“Nothing to Fear”

Medium: gouache on Stonehenge paper

Size: 11×11″

“I have a great affection for Studio Ghibli movies and was nothing less than thrilled to be able to do my very own piece based on this movie!  Nausicaä is such an incontestably strong and positive character.  It’s hard to look at her with anything less than adulation. The fanciful flora in the toxic jungle are some of my favorites elements in the film so it was important to have them portrayed in my painting.”

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Read our Artist Spotlight on Kate Kennedy.


holly morningstar

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) – Holly Morningstar

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View more works by Holly Morningstar in our Artist Spotlight.


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Princess Mononoke (1997) – Lai Xu

Medium: digital

“I was going to go serene and tragic but I decided to go bold because Miyazaki’s women are badass. Lady Eboshi is my QUEEN.”

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View more works by Lai Xu in our Artist Spotlight.

Learn more about the videogame she is a co-writer on, Aegis Defenders.


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Princess Mononoke (1997) – David Camisa

Medium: watercolor & gouache on arches paper, mounted on wood panel

Size: 16×16″

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Ponyo (2008) – Weshoyot Alvitre

Medium: pentel ink pen, microns on bristol board

Size: 14×17″

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Read our Artist Spotlight on Weshoyot Alvitre.


aubrey hedrick

Ponyo (2008) – Aubrey Hedrick

Medium: six-layered woodcuts hand drawn then laser-etched, hand-inked and pulled

Size: 12×12″

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The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) – Meredith Dillman

“I chose to draw The Secret World of Arrietty because I enjoyed the care the animators took to create the tiny world of fairy-sized people, along with all the human belongings that are cleverly reused. I love the garden backgrounds and wanted to show her among the much larger flowers and plants.”

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Spirited Away (2001) – Carolina Seth

“Sweet Dreams, Chihiro”

Medium: watercolor and ink

size: 8×10″

Spirited Away is my favorite Hayao Miyazaki film. It is an enchanting tale full of surprises and fantastic visuals.
I often depict children in my work, especially girls, and the protagonist, Chihiro, is such a lovable character. She is innocent and vulnerable and I can’t help sympathizing when she gets in these formidable adventures.
Most people are familiar with Western mythology, such as Greek deities. I particularly like that this movie introduces characters from Japanese folklore to a wider audience. Some of these characters can be terrifying, and others can be humorous as well, plus they are so much fun to paint. Kaonashi, or ‘No-Face’ spirit, is an intriguing and essential part of the movie, I knew I wanted to include it in my artwork. Chihiro and Kaonashi have a special bond and I tried to express this and the magic surrounding the story. Creating my interpretation of the film was such a treat.”

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View more works by Carolina Seth in our Artist Spotlight.




Spirited Away (2001) – Michael Stiles

Medium: digital

“I have always been a fan of Anime since the early days of watching Akira on the Sci-fi Channel, but it wasn’t until college that I was exposed to the masterful works of Hayao Miyazaki.  As a budding artist, Miyazaki’s films managed to resonate with me much more than the traditional workings of American animation, with original content and thought provoking stories of human nature. For this particular piece I wanted to capture the essence of Miyazaki’s beloved Spirited Away, by illustrating key elements, and characters that played an influential role in the story.  Early on I knew I wanted to frame the image in the shape of the paper shikigami, and attempt to visually retell the tale. My goal was to keep the viewers eye moving while retaining the whimsical innocence of the original art style, and manage to interject my own spin aesthetically.  ”

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View more works by Michael Stiles in our Artist Spotlight.


ann lim artThe Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013) – Ann Lim


Medium: gouache on Arches hot pressed watercolor paper
Size: 6×9.5″

“My interpretation of The Tale of Princess Kaguya. This film appeals to me because of the hand drawn animation. It goes back to that simple art form of watercolor. I’m so in love with that simple flowing quality of film. My illustration is trying to capture that bittersweet feeling of Princess Kaguya’s time on earth and also lament the fact that it cannot last.

‘Kibo’ in Japanese means ‘wish’ & ‘hope.'”

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And now for some bonus Miyazaki art by one of the participating artists! [Works are not part of the official Yay! Legends Every Day lineup.]



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Spirited Away art by Avedon Arcade


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My Neighbor Totoro art by Avedon Arcade

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Rudderless college graduate Daniel Barron founded Yay! LA Magazine on a love of writing, passion for the arts, and a firm belief that people really like talking about themselves. He contributed to a number of publications, including LA Music Blog and the defunct The Site Unscene, before deciding to cover arts and entertainment the way he wanted to read it. He works as a freelance writer and digital PR consultant in his current home of Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @YayDanielBarron.

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