INKTOBER 2023 Day #13: RISE.
“In all the years I have participated in Inktober to date, I have somehow neglected to pay homage to one of my all-time favorite graphic novels: ‘Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind’. It’s a captivating, epic story set in a war-ravaged, post-apocalytic-ish, ecological disaster where giant fungal forests and the massive insects that live in them are taking over the planet. Nausicaa is a princess from the Valley of Wind, an area near the coast and sheltered by mountains whose winds keep the deadly spores at bay. She is a bit of a scientist and adventurer, brimming with empathy, hoping to find a way to live in harmony with the world amidst danger and war. It’s a story with a nuanced message (like all Hayao Miyazaki’s and Studio Ghibli’s works) set in an amazing, richly crafted world. It is the kind of storytelling I hope to achieve.
Being from The Valley of Wind, Nausicaa frequently gets around on a glider, which she appears to be taking Plunger Monkey for a joyride on as thanks for her spiffy new helmet.”
Are you enjoying these monkey-filled pen and ink illustrations? Would you like to see even more of them, and be able to hold them in your very own hands? Then grab yourself a copy of my Inktober art book INKLINGS: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1733734716?ref_=ast_author_dp