This project started as something I did just for fun in my free time. Inspired by the animated Studio Ghibli movie “Whisper of the Heart” and it’s original setting location Seiseki Sakuragaoka in Tokyo, I did the first watercolor illustration which quickly spread through the Internet. Following this I decided to make a 10 piece series about the bicycling-it-hard-boy through his day as he fights to reach his goal.

Finally, because of the rarely shown in this way modern Japan, this series was featured on many Japan-themed portals and blogs (as KOTAKU for example), and got to be published, along with an interview in a Studio Ghibli’s book about the “Whisper of the Heart” movie.


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Technical details:

  • Paper: I used the same sketchbooks as Hayao Miyazaki used for his concept sketches
  • Lines: 6B pencil
  • Colours: Holbein, Schmincke and Winsor&Newton watercolours