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Ponyo Banner Contest Entry by Yamigirl21 Ponyo Banner Contest Entry by Yamigirl21
Painted by hand using opague water color, this is my submission for the 2010 Ponyo Banner competition.

Within my image I have the young Ponyo and Sosuke in a tender moment; blushing slightly as they are about to hold each other's hands. In the film itself, it was always one of my favorite moments when the young boy bravely instructed the weakened Ponyo to "not let go of his hand" no matter what happened during their travels. And given the ending of their story, I believe that there will be many more sweet moments between them in the future and as they grow older. :)

Also depicted in my piece is Ponyo's lovely mother who was like a sea goddess of some sort. Beautiful and mysterious, she seemed one with the ocean; able to take on many forms even, as seen throughout the film. Within my image, I have her smiling lovingly at her daughter and her young love. In the movie itself, I was pleasently surprised with the fact that she was in favor of Ponyo and Sosuke's relationship, as opposed to Ponyo's father's initial reaction to it. I wanted Ponyo's mother to appear almost like a guardian angel, watching over them from a distance, while also being part of the waves behind them.

When deciding on how to depict the water, when thinking of the movie and its Japanese origins, I immediately thought of the famous and timeless Japanese prints of old; particularly the ones that depicted the ocean and its' elegant and powerful waves. I wanted to emulate those Japanese prints within my own image, while having them also appear to be a part of Ponyo's mother; as if the waves were a part of her flowing locks, for instance. For that reason, I chose to paint part of the waves in red, much like Ponyo's mother's actual hair color.

On the notion of hair, I also intended for Ponyo's hair to slightly resemble the waves as well. She is her mother's daughter after all, and whether she lives on the land or the sea, she will always be a child of that vast blue world. :) In addition, I also wanted Ponyo to appear as if she is either about to kiss the young Sosuke's cheek, while simulatenously smiling back at her mother, for helping to make her dream to be with Sosuke come true.

In terms of the techinical aspect of the work, I slightly altered the text for the image in hopes of making it stand out a bit more than it did previously. I know that this banner is an advertisement first and foremost so I hoped that by changing the color to both blue and yellow that the words would be more eye-catching as opposed to the original white text.

Thank you for looking everyone! And take good care now!

Sincerely,
yamigirl21 :iconyamigirl21:

Ponyo

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TsubasanoHimeko Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DOES SOMEONE KNOWA WERE I CAN GET THE FULLMOVIE!!!!!!!
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phantom-fan6735 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that is so cool!
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Thanks :)
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phantom-fan6735 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
u r welcome!
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pandamochi45 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
>o< so cute i'm gunna explode! i love that movie!
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
The movie is very cute! Thanks for commenting :)
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pandamochi45 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
ur welcome =)
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landra15 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is so cute. i loved that movie.
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
You're too kind! ^_^
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CrystalParadise Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
omg!! its ponyo!!!! i may sound like an idiot, but, its mai favorite movie ever ^-^
i love your gallary, one of the best ones iv been too!!
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Thank you again! Yes, Ponyo was an adorable film, and it was a interesting interpretation on "The Little Mermaid." You're much too kind with your words of praise, but I really do appreciate it! I'm flattered! :thanks:
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Droid24747 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
It's a shame the picture didn't win, this is a very good example of your talent. Still, having said that it is still a really good piece.
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
Thanks again. :) It was fun trying the contest even if I didn't place. Ponyo is a very cute movie after all. :)
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Neosun7 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Adorable! You put so much thought into each one of your pictures! I especially love the mother's hair in the waves concept!
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Thank you so much! I really do try to put thought into the composition and the supporting elements of my work! It means a lot that you can see these details and appreciate them too! Thanks again! ^_^
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Neosun7 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Welcome hon! ^_^
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SnorlaxShamen Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You did an awsome job! Spot on to both the movie and with your other work!
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Thank you very much! That means a lot to me! ^_^
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sonicshadow5 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I love that movie, very cute!!!
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
Thank you so much! ^_^
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alaer Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I hope you won the contest, you certainly deserve to! This is really REALLY good, I thought it was the real thing from Disney, that's how good I mean ^.^ I haven't seen the movie but I want to. Wish Disney would make a Treasure Planet 2 though (and less of Winnie the Pooh- I like Pooh and friends alright, but not all the time). But thankfully there seems to be plenty of Tinkerbell, I really like those movies best of all. Can't wait to see the next one ^.^ I love Silvermist the best, have only dolls of her :D
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
Thanks so much girl! :) No... unfortunatly I didnt't win the contest. I didn't even place... ^^; But it was fun trying anyway, and hey at least I got to depict an image from that adorable movie! I do reccommend it! It's SOOO cute. It's a Miyazaki spin on The Little Mermaid, which happens to be my favorite Disney movie and/or fairytale anyway! Thanks again for commenting girl! Coming from you, it always means a lot! :tighthug:
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alaer Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:disbelief: Ugh, that's Disney for you. They never recognize real talent. >_<

Oh well, at least you know you tried and that's what matters. :huggle:

I will definitely see the movie when it comes out on DVD :) I always try to see most of Miyazaki's movies. Kiki's Delivery Service was my best favorite then Princess Mononoke. ^.^
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ixArtists Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I love this drawing! The waves are beautiful! :D I love Ponyo's hair and hr mother looks so elegant and pretty!

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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
Aw, thanks again! I enjoyed painting this one. It was such a sweet movie and I loved the homage to the Little Mermaid, one of my favorite fairy tales ever! ^_^
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ixArtists Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I can't believe you used watercolors on this! I can't do anything close to this! All my colors come out all washed-out and pale and it's a total mess. . . ^^; You paint better than me. :D

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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
Thanks. :) But hey, it takes lots of practice. I've been painting for over ten years now, and it helps to use the tube water colors and apply more paint than water. I use it very thickly, more like acrylic than water color. But unlike acrytlic it doesn't dry as quickly so I can manipulate the paint more easily. All I can say, is just keep at it. Even looking at my own gallery here on DA, I can see that my painting has changed from my earlier works. The more you try the better you'll get! :D
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ixArtists Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Aww, thanks so much! :D :D :D

That's a very thorough explanation! Thanks! :)

That's amazing you've been painting for over ten years! :o
I lik Hayao Miyazaki. I heard that in the next two or three years, he's planning on doing a few more films with Studio Ghibli. :) I can't wait for them!

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rupaniii Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
Hahha, I guess now I have to go check out Ponyo. I'm so behind on Anime' right now. I'm hoping that Funi sees fit to translate Detective Conan vs. Lupin The Third instead of waiting until forever and doing it in order.

John from MySpace btw.
Cheers.
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
Ponyo is a cute movie and I liked it very much myself, butI gotta warn ya, it is very very cutesy given that the main characters are small children. But if you've seen other Miyazaki films like Tottoro or anything then maybe you'd expect that for a Miyazaki film. Though he's done some more mature adult oriented films, he claims to have a love of depicting stories that aim at kids and such. Honestly I haven't watched much anime lately either. Just revisiting my love of Yu-Gi-Oh and slowly trying the Yu-Gi-Oh spin off 5D which isn't bad from what I've seen so far; much better than the GX show in my opinion. Best of luck with the titles you're hoping for. Take care now
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rupaniii Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
Yeah, the cuteness factor never bothers me. I'm still a fan of Bonk's Adventure games, Tak and the Power of JuJu, and loads of Anime. Miyazaki is always good. I WISH there were more Leiji Matsumoto translations though (OK, i'm still mostly fuming about no official translations of Harlock 78 Origonal Series or Galaxy Express 999)
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NevaeHLia Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I saw Ponyo today :)
This is stunning I adore the detail and how much you've thought about the image in relation to the film in the description. I love the Ukiyo-e style waves too and the red and blue colours. This is beautiful :)
Good Luck with the contest :)
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
Aw, thank you so much! Wow, I'm so happy that you like it! It was an adorable movie and I simply had to do a piece that showed how much I enjoyed it, contest or no. And I often like to put thought into various elements of my works; even aside from the characters themselves. I'm really glad that you were able to appreciate those aspects too! Thanks again! :D
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NevaeHLia Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
No problem it really is a stunning piece and you can tell you've put alot of time and effort into it :)
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Nevryst Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
that's truly a fantastic piece and such a well-executed idea with the hair/waves. The style is reminiscent of Miyazaki's - folkish japanese art. The children look a bit older than in the film, which I think is adorable. I'd give them 6 or 7 years here.
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
Hi there! Thanks for commenting! ^__^ Yeah, I noticed myself that the characters looked a little older than in the film. Truth be told, I'm not used to drawing children and though I tried to make them small, I think I'm used to adult proportions and what not. Still, I liked how they looked so I opted to leave them be. I had a lot of fun painting this piece in general and I'm glad that you liked it too! Thanks again and take care ok? :D
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KalahariMeerkatfan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
Cute, I wanted to see this movie when It was in theaters but we never had time. But it looks very good. Hmm is all the creatures in the ocean the goddess' children and Ponyo's relatives?
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
Thanks! I'm glad you like it! And the movie is out on DVD now so I do recommend you check it out! :D As for your question, I don't think all sea creatures are Ponyo's relatives. She does have a lot of little sisters, and we see her parents but as far as the movie goes, I THINK that's all there is in terms of her family but who knows? :)
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p0rksh3d Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
I've seen Ponyo in Japan and USA. You deserve to win.. As a Miyazaki affecionado, I'll say this. It has the emotion of Traditional Miyazaki. Must be the medium you did it in. If Miyazaki were moderating this contest you'd be chosen my friend.
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
You're too kind! Wow! I'm truly honored by your flattering word! :blushes: I certainly tried my best to create this image and I'll hope for the best too. Still, it means a lot to hear that viewers like you can appreciate the piece as a whole. Thank you again! It really does mean a lot to me! :D
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p0rksh3d Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
I've never said this before on deviantart, it's beautiful.
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
Thank you very much! ^_^
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MOON-GUARDIAN369 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
OUTSTANDING!!!!
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Thank you! :hug:
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metalwolfus Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
This is amazing i think you pulled it off quite well. This must have taken several days to do drawing and then coloring.
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
Heh, well I certainly did work hard and fast on this one! With not a lot of time to work with, I worked for hours straight over the course of the last few weeks. It was kinda nice in a way though. It's been a while since I had a deadline to work with and it brought out a bit of a drive to get it done, you know? Thanks again for the compliments! Wish me luck ok? :D
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Spikypantsman Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
it's beautiful,i don't know what else to say.
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
Well I'm glad you think so! Thank you! :D
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Spikypantsman Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
^^
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Ayumi--Sama Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
lol Im sure you are sick of hearing it but I myself had not had the chance to see Ponyo . ^^; (But I will when it comes out =P )But I really love the colors you used of the waves. It's pretty.=) And I love the expressions on Ponyo and Sosuke as well as her mother. =D Overall it's a tender & beautiful piece! <3 =D Good luck in the contest ! o^_~ :hug:
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