The proliferation of social media is an incredible boon for lovers of art, design and illustration. Sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and numerous other blogs and feeds bombard us with a ceaseless supply of artwork by professionals and fans that is variously excellent, clever, funny, innovative, and numerous degrees of awesome.
Our sister site, ComicsAlliance, makes a habit of spotlighting particular artists and/or specific bodies of work, but there's just so much great work to see that they've initiated Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the virtually countless pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our travels across the digital media landscape.
With film and television being just as inspiring to illustrators and designers as comic books, it only made sense to spin the feature off for Moviefone as Best Movie Art Ever (This Week).
Some of it's new, some of it's old, some of it's created by working professionals, some of it's created by talented fans, and some of it's endearingly stupid. All of it's awesome.
This week: an entire post dedicated to the work of Periscope Studio, whose members paid homage to the films of anime master Hayo Miyazaki!
Movie fans might not know that Portland, Ore., is home to one of the United States' most thriving communities of comic book creators and publishers. Within that comic book Mecca lies Periscope Studios, where some of the city's most passionate and talented cartoonists, illustrators, writers, concept designers, graphic novelists and storyboard artists inspire each other to create so much of the great work we all enjoy.
To help keep things interesting, Periscope frequently issues a sketch challenge whereby studio members must create an original work based on a unifying theme. Last week, that theme was the animated oeuvre of Hayao Miyazaki, the legendary director of such Japanese classics including 'Spirited Away,' 'Kiki's Delivery Service,' 'My Neighbor Totoro' and many more. What the Periscope Studios members returned was so excellent, that we really had no choice but to dedicate an entire Best Movie Art Ever (This Week) post to their work. The illustrations were published on Periscope's bookmark-worthy sketch blog, but you can see some of our favorites below.
Kiki's Delivery Service by Dustin Weaver
Laputa: Castle in the Sky by Ron Chan
Princess Mononoke by Dylan Meconis
Spirited Away by David Hahn
My Neighbor Totoro vs. Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood by Ben Dewey
Laputa: Castle in the Sky by Rich Ellis
Lupin 3: Castle of Cagliostro by Jonathan Case
Spirited Away by Colleen Coover
Spirited Away by Aaron McConnell
Check out more amazing art on ComicsAlliance's Best Art Ever (This Week) feature.