5 ways Howl’s Moving Castle inspires the Dreamer Artist

Howl: I feel terrible, like there’s a weight on my chest.
Young Sophie: A heart’s a heavy burden.

Hello Bobbin❁ (and Blogger friends!)

While trying to brainstorm things to ‘ink’ as I go through my beginning inking class on Skillshare, I went back & remembered a few inspirational quotes from my favorite Miyazaki movie Howls moving castle.
The protagonist- a young woman named Sophie- through external and internal circumstances, is forced to be better than she thinks she can be!…(a reoccurring theme in most Miyazaki movies)
When a witch casts a spell onto Sophie, she is turned into an old lady! Interestingly, it is then that Sophie starts to adopt a more positive attitude about her life  “Well, the nice thing about being old is you’ve got nothing much to lose”  Without realizing, she slowly becomes more adventurous and more assertive…something every Dreaming artist needs to adapt as well!

So, I noticed a few quotes in the movie that, unintentionally triggered some motivation/ideas of things to draw/ ink…

       1. Old Sophie: “When you’re old, all you want to do is stare at the scenery. It’s so strange. I’ve never felt so peaceful before.”

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Honestly, observing the beauty in nature -during any given season of the year- is one of the most rewarding and encouraging moments of inspiration for me! May it be a random dog chasing a squirrel around in the park, or the way leaves hypnotically sway in a summer breeze…Mother nature is trying to whisper ideas in your ear 🙂

     2.Witch of the Waste: “The best part of that spell, is that you can’t tell anyone about it. My regards to Howl”.

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I used to think that it was a curse to not be able to fully describe my ‘art’/projects
“Yea, its a flower…but its so much more!” 😀 But I’ve had the epithany that sometimes silence is golden. Not saying a word to anyone ( including answering the commentary from your ‘internal art critic’) until you’re project is completed, can be a great ally and motivator!

        3.Young Sophie: “They say that the best blaze burns brightest, when circumstances are at their worst.”

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I can’t give up…even if it looks funky.. simply put.              

           4.Howl: “You’re wearing that hat? After all the magic I used to make your dress pretty?”


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I have to be willing to (momentarily) give up some old methods and ideas...and try some new methods and ideas! I have to get comfortable stepping out of my comfort zone…& hanging the OLD HAT up for a bit 😉

         5.Howl: “Looks like we have another addition to the family. Hmmm, you’ve got quite a nasty spell on you too, huh? Seems everyone in this family’s got problems.”
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All of us Artists are in this journey together But, alas there is strength in numbers! As long as we are together, trying to swim through the sea of creative uncertainties’ whilst bearing the great risk it takes to peddle tirelessly to the island of ‘finished volumes of work’. But we will eventually get better at the swim (the obtaining of mastery of skills) and reach the shore, quenching our thirst with drops of hope… and hopefully we will cheer on those who are still wading in the sea 🙂
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-Bisous ❤

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