Plans for the Past and Future
~ (The Wind Rises)
My 2nd entry for dA's "The Wind Rises" contest (Feb 21st - Feb 27th, 2014)
! My first entry - Spirits Soar
- was completed on the very first day of the contest and didn't give me much trouble. I had a clear idea for it and got to work straight away. Once the last day of the contest came around, though, I found myself wanting to make another entry that had an entirely different perspective and interpretation compared to my 1st entry. After pretty much an entire day of fiddling in Illustrator/Photoshop, I finally submitted this around 10:30pm (Arizona time)
and I'm pleased with the result. My thoughts behind the piece:
I had no intention of making a 2nd entry but this just sorta happened!
Making this on the last day of submission, I had already had the chance to go through so many incredibly well done entries for The Wind Rises
contest and see what other people were doing to pay tribute to the film and Hayao Miyazaki. Having done so, I knew I wanted to challenge myself and do a piece that was a bit more out of the box and different. Looking through the "Asset Pack" images provided by dA, I immediately thought about a piece featuring Jiro, blueprints and/or drafting with Jiro sort of depicting his own story in an engineering medium. Initially, my idea was to show it from a 3rd-person perspective with Jiro sitting at his drafting table and his story coming to life from his own drawings. After only a few moments of focusing on that idea, I found myself asking "Wouldn't it be cool if you were looking at it from Jiro's perspective?!" and from that point forward that was the goal.
I haven't really seen any other 1st-person entries in the contest so I thought it would be a unique way to approach a submission. One of the biggest themes in the film is obviously chasing your dreams no matter what; Jiro's dreams for aviation start out at a very young age and I wanted to show the entire timespan of his journey in one place. On the left is a child Jiro looking up towards his paper airplanes dreaming about the things he hopes to achieve while on the right is adult Jiro similarly looking up at real flying aircraft he helped to create. To give it more of a blueprint/diagram feel, I added some basic text here and there as well as making the one paper airplane look unfinished. This piece was a lot of work just to figure out how I wanted to do it, but I really wanted an artistic challenge for myself so I'm glad I finished it.
This has been a really fun contest to take part in, both as a Miyazaki/Ghibli fan and an artist.
Everyone has done SO WELL and it's awesome to see such talent put forth to honor Miyazaki and this film. Congrats to EVERYONE who has submitted a piece for this tribute and made this such an exciting way to lead up to the film.
My 1st submission for The Wind Rises
contest, Spirits Soar