The Art of Spirited Away is filled with insightful character development sketches and several pages of loose watercolor drawings, but the real beauty lies in the breathtaking background images. A blend of paint and digital work, these lush backgrounds show off an astounding attention to detail. Paired with the amazing story, it’s no wonder that Spirited Away won an Academy Award and remains one of the highest-grossing films in Japan.
While browsing through this book, I noticed an eye (last image) that seemed to pop up in various backgrounds. I wonder what the significance of this symbol is to director Hayao Miyazaki?