This semester I got to choose three artists that I wanted to learn about. Out of them, I believe that Hayao Miyazaki was my most memorable and favorite to do. What draws me to him is his engaging pieces and beautiful aesthetics. Hayao has a way with story telling, often being compared to the likes of Walt Disney. He creates films that take inspiration from his own life and make them fun and entertaining to watch. He lived during World War II and as a young boy he experienced death and destruction. At times, these themes are seen in his movies and they often make the film incredibly emotional and very impactful. Hayao stands out as revolutionary film maker. He made Award winning films and even got to help found Studio Ghibli. The studio has continued the legacy of Hayao Miyazaki after his retirement in 2014. From My Neighbor Totoro to Ponyo and Spirited Away, he created stunning movies by using a watercolor animation technique. In Princess Mononoke Hayao emphasizes the movements of his characters and that kind of animation had become a signature of his from the movie onward. Themes such as ecology, feminism, and anti-war are very frequent in his films. Also flying is a subject matter that is often referenced or used, probably because his father who built planes. This is huge in The Wind Rises in which the main character builds planes during WWII. I believe he has earned the right to be considered a movie-making legend and I think he will always be remembered for the impact he has made through his movies and during his life. Although he is now retired his still has countless films, maybe one day he will decide to take another flight.