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Howl and Sophie by Yamigirl21 Howl and Sophie by Yamigirl21
Hello everyone, ^_^

How are you? Are you doing well? I sure hope that you are! So, it's been a little while since I've uploaded a new deviation huh? But not too too long I suppose. ^_^; <Sigh>.... These things do take time I guess, especially with so little time to work on them nowadays. :( But anyways.... So here it is; my newest piece based on the film "Howl's Moving Castle."

To be completely honest with all of you, I haven't been a HUGE fan of the films made by Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli...... Not to say that I didn't like them mind you! On the contrary!! I certainly found them VERY imaginative, quite lavish and even sweet, but I can't say that I thoroughly enjoyed them (as opposed to those few anime titles that I TRULY loved) other than watching each of the films for curiousity's sake and feeling satisfied and entertained with the first viewing or two. I did like Kiki's Delivery Service very much, and I enjoyed Spirited Away also. I sort of liked Princess Mononoke but I honestly I found Howl's Moving Castle to be my most favorite of them all so far! :)

Hmm.... What can I say? Perhaps I liked Howl's Moving castle because unlike most of these films, it dealt with some more adult themes and issues. I also loved how intricate and detailed the animation was, and I of course adored the relationship between Howl and Sophie, hence the reason I've painted this piece.

I actually saw the film sometime last spring and enjoyed it VERY much; so much so that I watched it several times! I had actually wanted to see it in theaters as it was released on my birthday of 2005 (June 10th) but I never had the opportunity, sadly. Even so I was quite pleased that I eventually managed to check it out when it was released on DVD! Ah, what a cute film it was! Though a bit confusing at times, I truly do have the highest regard for it! ^_^

As stated, I loved the coupling of Howl and Sophie so I specifically wanted to paint a piece depicting them. I had actually started this in sketch form around the time that I'd seen the film, back in April or so but I never managed to finish it until recently. When I did find the sketch again, I decided to go with it full force as I thought it had potential to be a nice piece in the end. Granted I feel that the concept I've used here is quite similar to some of my previous works, I couldn't help myself, especially given some of the aspects of the film.

In one part of the film, Howl shows Sophie his beautiful flower garden, or perhaps I should saw meadow; a vast landscape covered with blossoms; all of which was simply breath-taking! Though I have decpicted couples together in open fields in the past, given how lovely the landscape was in this movie in particular, I couldn't help but depict part of it in my image too. ^_^ I didn't quite have accurate reference other than a few screen shots from the film but I like to think the the background turned out quite nice anyhow.

As for the coupling of Howl and Sophie themselves, I must admit that I strayed a bit from the time line of the film in terms of their appearances. In terms of Howl, I personally preferred him as a blond, which is how he appeared in the first half of the film, most notably when he first approached Sophie, as I have him in my image. Sophie on the other hand appears as she does very late in the film in my painting; now with gray/silver hair due to the curse that was placed upon her. I also decided to use the blue dress that she wore for two reasons; one, because I thought the color looked much nicer on her than the green dress she wore earlier in the film, and two, I thought even if I had considered using the green, there would have been far too much of the color green given the mostly green lanscape. Again, perhaps the piece is not quite accurate in the respect of the chararacters and the way they look, but I thought that I would go on ahead and take liberties here.

As for the sheets/pillow that Sophie is lying on., very briefly in the film, Sophie tended to Howl as he rested in his bedroom after some....uh...emotional trauma. :P As he lay in bed, the audience gets a glimpse of some rather decorative sheets and pillows around him. Given that I like patterns and such, I thought that I would borrow them for the sake of my image. Again, I only had a few small screen shots as reference but I think they more or less appeared as they do in my painting.

As always this piece was painted using opague water color. Thanks for looking everyone! ^_^
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lIranianl Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017
Wow this really beautifully done ! I really love this man ! 😚😙
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner May 28, 2017
Thank you so much!  I love Howl too! ^_^
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liberty-moving-group Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017
Nice Work !!!!!!
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:iconyamigirl21:
Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017
Thank you! :D
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Solarpunk90 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Such talent, how long did it take for you to draw this masterpiece?!
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Aw, thank you for the kind words. It's been a while since I painted this one, but my works usually take me at least a few weeks, though I work on them on and off depending on what else is occuring in my life. I start with a pencil drawing that I finalize, and then transfer the image to water color paper and then use opaque water color paints and brushes :)  Thanks again and take care!
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s-ir Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's amazing :squee:
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:iconyamigirl21:
Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Thank you! :D
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s-ir Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome :)
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Mustacio2000 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Neat!
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:iconyamigirl21:
Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Thanks! :D
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WhitePedal25 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
I loved that movie and Howl was amazing!
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:iconyamigirl21:
Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
Yep! I liked it a lot to! ^_^ Thanks!
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WhitePedal25 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
You're welcome.
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demonlovers Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
beautiful love this movie 
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:iconyamigirl21:
Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
You're too kind! :)
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PCamenzind Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014   Writer
Oh, this is so lovely! <3
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:iconyamigirl21:
Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Thank you so much! :D
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KehXKeova Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is just GORGEOUS!! :clap:
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:iconyamigirl21:
Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Thank you so much! :)
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KehXKeova Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome!! :glomp:
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JackieStarSister Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is really lovely. :) I can imagine a scene like this taking place after the ending we see in the movie.
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:iconyamigirl21:
Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Aw, thanks! I'm glad you like it! :)
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Shiverpop Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is one of my fav. anime films because I'm named Sophie as well. Great drawing!
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Aw, thanks so much! I'm glad you like the piece, and the movie! :)
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Releanapeace Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love! <3 very well done! <3
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:iconyamigirl21:
Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Thank you so much! :)
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WhiteRabbit200 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow! i love the howl's moving castle movie! your picture looks just like them!
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:iconyamigirl21:
Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Thank you so much! That's sweet of you to say! :D
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WhiteRabbit200 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
it's nothin! its really an mazing pic! i love anime and manga!
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MadCatter15 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
i'm doing great! (thanks for asking XD) great job with this! i noticed all the detail you put into the grass, great!
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Thanks again! You're too kind :)
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MadCatter15 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
heehee you're very welcome! by the way, i was curious, how'd you get your artwork to dan? like, did you give it to him there or mail it... i have some fan-art i would love to show him (:
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
I did give some of my works to him in person when I met him last summer, but since they've started the charity work for him in his children, they do have an address as seen here: [link] and [link] I hope that helps! I'm sure any efforts for his sake are appreciated! :D Take care now! And thank you ^_^
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MadCatter15 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
aw that is so nice of you, i'm so happy he has so much support and love from friends, fans, and family. Thank you so much for the address, i will make sure to send him some artwork (:
you too, and you're welcome (:
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CraftyFlareon Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
<3
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xpurple-strawberryx Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
(ノ◕ヮ◕) it looks, so amazingg aaaw, you did an amazing job, well done C:
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Thank you! You're too kind :)
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xpurple-strawberryx Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
^^ your very wellcome. owh and thank you so much <3
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phantom-fan6735 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that is amazing, how long did it take to draw this!
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:iconyamigirl21:
Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Thank you! :) You're too kind! :D
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phantom-fan6735 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
u r welcome!
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chuu-melon Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student General Artist
LOVE it!!!! :D
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:iconyamigirl21:
Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Thank you! ^_^
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chuu-melon Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student General Artist
you is welcome! :D
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aubrie123 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
OMG I love this movie and i am a huge fan of it! :D And i rarly ever see Howl and Sophie on deivantart so i am super happy! And you did a AWESOME job on it!!! :D
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it! :)
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aubrie123 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
:3
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Ilovehowl33 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
That is sooo good! I try to draw them, but my drawings don't even compare to this!!!
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Aw, thanks! That's nice of you to say! And keep drawing! Practice makes perfect, ok? ^_-
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