The Art of Howl's Moving Castle

The Art of Howl’s Moving Castle

This companion to the film has a generous collection of concept sketches, fully rendered character and background drawings, paintings and cell images. Along with visuals, the book also presents interviews and comments with the production staff, including key points from the director.


  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original ed. edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421500493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421500492
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
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  1. The Art of Howl’s Moving Castle is a perfect compendium of almost everything having to do with the movie and artwork. The only thing lacking is of course, is the gorgeous soundtrack from the movie. (For that I recommend purchasing the Ost [IMPORT] Howl’s Moving Castle Audio CD and listening to it while you peruse this beautiful book.)

    Anyone who is a fan of the movie, Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli, the artwork, and the screenplay will LOVE this book.

    Here is why this book is really worth every penny:



    – Production Synopsis

    Part 1

    – Contains Miyazaki’s storyboards. His original concept sketches of the characters, backgrounds, and settings. You get to see the original artwork from the creator’s mind. A chance to marvel at Miyazaki’s inventiveness, and appreciate the Studio Ghibli animators’ talents in bringing it to life on screen.

    Part 2

    – Neary 200 pages of beautifully printed scenes from the movie (all in color of course, glossy, crisp), following the entire storyline from start to finish, in a very clean layout. Each scene from the movie has concept art, sketches, and final prints. Nice printing, the rich colors and gorgeous artwork of the movie are beautifully intact. Large images, including a few two-page spreads (one of Howl in resting in bed after his “traumatic” hair experience.) *If you are keen to revisit the scenes from the movie, you will definetely not find this book to be lacking, it is chock full of images.

    – All scenes have text captions and many include insights from the Studio Ghibli’s artists and animators on how they worked to achieve Miyazaki’s desired artistic effect.Read more ›

  2. Nice. Really nice. As you open the pages, you’ll see full traditional watercolor paintings of the castle, the backgrounds, and everything. The first part are character designs and sketches, then more to the finer ones, then movie stills. The latter part includes some digital enhancements on the movie. Plus of course, the movie script. This artbook is really a good find, I tell you. Although I must say, Spirited Away’s Artbook is much better; but this is still as good as it can get. Of course, it’s Studio Ghibli! 🙂

  3. As a huge fan of the film Howl’s Moving Castle, I was delighted to see this book being sold so cheap here on Amazon. The book is hardback, and overall, well presented.

    My only complaint with the book is that the majority of it only contains stills from the film. They look great, of course, but I was hoping there would be more concept work, as well as pages dedicated to just backgrounds, as they were some of the most beautiful ones I had ever seen in an animated film.

    In a nutshell: A good book with some beautiful art, which is cheap, though it contains mainly stills from the film, not a lot of concept work.

  4. I bought this art book for my friend’s birthday. She’s pursuing a degree in Art (forget which field, it’s either paint or animation) and LOVES Miyazaki films. I knew I was going to get her an art book centering one of his films, but not sure which one. So four or five months before her birthday, to avoid birthday present assumptions and guesses, I randomly asked what her favorite Miyazaki movie was. She said it was Howl’s Moving Castle. Later that same day, searched Amazon and put it in my “Save for Later’ section in my cart.

    When her birthday was a week away, I placed the order and waited it to come in. It arrived quickly and not a dent or scratch in sight. The book actually arrived two days before I needed it (the magic of using Prime shipping). So I had a checked to go through it, since I’m also a fan of the movie. It was a lot better than what I was expecting.

    I assumed it was just going to be filled with a lot of screen shots from the movie (don’t get me wrong, it is 85% movie screen shots) with a little of concept art. In a few sections, various artist that worked on the movie explained how or why they did something a certain way. The two sections I found the most interesting was the CGI 1 and CGI 2 sections, both describing the use of CGI in the movie.

    Fast forward to when I gave this to my friend, and she absolutely LOVED it.

  5. Not bad, the text part is interesting but if you buy this kind of books for the concept art and visual development of the movie, don’t buy it, this one has very little production design visuals and most of the pictures are just stills from the movie.

  6. Following in the tradition of The Art of Spirited Away, this book captures some of the best work in progress art for the film. The paper is glossy, the size is perfect for a coffee table book, and the colors span a wide, wide range, though perhaps not as much as those in Spirited Away.

    If you like The Art of Spirited Away, get this. There is something odd about it though. It’s listed as being in paperback. The version I picked up at Barnes and Noble was most certainly not a paperback, and was in the exact same covering as The Art of Spirited Away, which is listed as a hardcover. Why is this?

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