Miyazaki Hayao — Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa
I love Nausicaa. It’s my favorite manga of all time.
I learned some things about Miyazaki’s art while studying the hell out of Nausicaa in order to make my costume.
Lesson #1 - Miyazaki does not like to draw feet. Nausicaa’s boots are crazy. They have no soles. They change shape constantly. Their most common form is lumpy potato.
Lesson #2 - Nausicaa’s hair is the most fictional thing in this whole book. I took several reference photos to my hair stylist and she was baffled. She informed me that Nausicaa has at least 3 different haircuts, depending on which way the wind is blowing.
Lesson #3 - That symbol on Nausicaa’s chest? I went through about 10 drafts of it trying to normalize a single design from a group of about 5 that I selected out of the dozens of reference photos I took directly of the manga. I’m pretty sure that thing is alive, cause it changes shape all the time.