This compo gave me a great opportunity to draw some of the delightful characters of Hayao Miyazaki's 2001 fantasy anime movie Spirited Away. This movie holds a special place in my heart as it reminds me of a time in my life when simple moments like watching this movie with my then 7 year old son helped me from slipping away into a dangerous lifestyle of poor choices that almost swallowed me whole. I know it's just a movie, but I believe images, music & art can help imbed special memories in our minds and hearts. So I dedicate this sketch to him, now 19...he was tickled that I was drawing it.
A lot of detailed thin linework that anime is especially famous for, and while I am adept at drawing cartoons....I still have a hard time drawing them quickly. But it was tons of fun