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In the last week of November this year my sister and I were blessed to be able to go to the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo. It was like a dream- such a beautiful and imaginative place . There is a room there set out like a real artist's studio, with concept sketches pinned all over the walls, messy desks with tools and paints.. it was just amazing.

The Laputa robot has always held a special place in our hearts, and so E and I were really looking forward to seeing it in its' full-sized glory. It stands up on the roof of Ghibli, countless visitors filing through to have photos with it- no one reaches higher than his 'thighs' on him. We decided that, since there was an hour-long wait to get into the restaurant for lunch, we would spend it sitting on the roof drawing the Robot instead.

And so we did.

Laputa Robot - (c) Laputa- Castle in the Sky - Studio Ghibli


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VanillaMetal Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...I really want to go to the museum, I adore Laputa!
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EmilieJade2627 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
trop bien ! ^^
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Veleven Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
^^ thankyou!
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AzureKate Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i love the laputian robot. i used to pretend that if i ever said the spell he'd actually come. i used to have a little rock that went through a rock tumbler that looked exactly like her crystal...then i lost it in the grass </3
i want to go to this museum soooo bad. i love your sketch, and ive always wanted to see the real life robot. it is legit a life goal of mine.
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Veleven Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
It was an absolute joy to spend as much time with the robot as we did. 
I really hope you get to see the robot too, mate. You get all kinds of emotions bubbling up in your chest, and you feel a bit silly because all the Japanese people are looking at you weird but you don't care because you feel so special. (:

ps. Behind the robot, if you look very carefully, you will find a small nest with eggs in it, and further around, the giant stone engraved with Laputan words (the one you run the crystal over to have control over Laputa!). (:
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AzureKate Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
that sounds so amazing! i'll definitely get those emotions you talked about haha, and not just with the robot. all of his movies have very special places in my heart, especially howl's moving castle. to see ANYTHING in that museum would probably make me cry. and the Japanese people can stare at me all they want, i would not care at all. i'd get a second job if it meant i'd be able to get enough money to get there...i might do just that someday!
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mazzoncha Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
weeeeelll done!!
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Veleven Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Thanks alot! (:
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mazzoncha Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
weeeeellll done
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mei96 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist
wow, that's awesome
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Veleven Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Thanks so much~
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Fumichun Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Filmographer
OH MY GOD.
I'm incredibly jealous and excited for you that you got to see the robot in real life; and to go to the museum IN JAPAN. Damn.

Cute sketch, i like the weight that you drew with around the darker spots. Also I really like the looseness of the lines. ;v;
<3
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Veleven Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
I told some of the staff there that it was a dream come true to be there... they were touched. (:
It was wonderful!

Thanks so much for the comments - glad you like the picture. (:
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yabafu Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
so nice *-*
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nicolestefaniedesign Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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Veleven Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Thanks so much. (:
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massgrfx Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I was just there last month... and I have to say I loved every inch of that museum... great sketch!
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Veleven Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
What date did you go, by the way? We went on the 21st Nov. (:
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massgrfx Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Would you believe on Halloween? Did you notice the beer labels at the café?
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Veleven Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
No, sorry.. we didn't see any beer labels! Where were they? At the outside cafe bit?
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massgrfx Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yes, to the left of the "cat faucet" tiled wash basin. They sold grape juice, hotdogs(hontoni??) and Ghibli labelled beer. Lemme find a pic I took and I'll message it to you. Great gallery by the way! Brilliant style... Now I'm watching!
Btw, I LOVED the rule that you couldn't take photos in there. It keeps the mystery for other guests AND you don't spend every second looking at a small screen. The animation hall with the projection camera, zoetrope and automatons was pure magic. There was more about animation and creation in that building than in all of Disneyland... and all for 1,000 yen. I'd move there in a heartbeat...
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Veleven Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
I know... I loved the zoetrope room.. especially with the piano track by Joe Hisaishi playing. I stood for ages mesmerised by the Laputa Robot surrounded by flying birds.. brought me to tears, actually. (:
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Veleven Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
I just wanted to live there!
Thanks so much!
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Harukofujioka Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. This is just... Indescribable. I love castle in the sky and other studio ghibli movies, but castle in the sky touched my heart the most. Thank you for placing it here so that the world may see of it and be amazed
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Veleven Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Oh.. I'm so happy you were as touched by that movie as I was. It was one of the first Ghibli films I ever saw, and the bittersweet ending has stayed with me ever since. This robot was just such a joy to spend time with. I am looking forward to meeting with him again one day. (:
You're very welcome. (:
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Sechael Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely lovely.
Nat really likes it too and wants to use it as a phone background. I hope that's ok? :) :)
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Veleven Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Mate, it would be my absolute joy for Nat to use it. True privilege. (:
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Berpi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
I love this so much ... and I loved sitting with you while you drew it! So proud of you!!
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Veleven Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
It was such a wonderful time. Thanks for drawing with me. (:
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DelphiniumFleur Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
he just looks so beautiful
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Veleven Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
He was beautiful and tragic and made you sad and happy all at once.
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DelphiniumFleur Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
the imagination in which Studio Ghibli produces its films is just awe inspiring truly an inspiration to the children
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