I recently finished a tribute piece for an upcoming art show titled, “Sweethearts, BFFs, and Bromances” from 2/11-2/26. The show is being hosted by my friend Patrick Ballesteros at The Perky Nerd in Burbank. Click here or the image below to access the Facebook event page.

All of the show’s pieces are based on memorable relationships from pop culture. I chose to do a piece based on a scene from the 1986 film, “Castle in the Sky” directed by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. Prints will be for sale at the shop and will be added later to the shop after the show runs. Below is a close-up of the final piece.

“Ryu” is a term used in Japan for dragon. I was reminded of the scene in Spirited Away where the protagonist Chihiro rides on the back of Haku, a river spirit who takes the form of a boy but can also transform into a dragon.  When I first watched the film back in college, I struggled with the conventions of Eastern films and didn’t fully embrace it.  But after seeing it again years later, it has grown to be one of my favorite films that I can watch repeatedly.