I'd recommend anyone who is remotely interested in animation, Japanese films, or films in general to check them out. All but 2 (for licensing reasons) are available to stream on HBO Max. I believe they have both subbed and dubbed versions, though I preferred to watch with subs.
The part missing from the "paint like Miyazaki" instructions is the part where you study and draw for 60 years! He has the touch of a master, both delicate and confident in the way of, say, Ingres and Watteau drawings. Much different subject matters, obviously, but it's the feel I'm talking about. Absolutely beautiful. And he is a master watercolorist, which itself takes a long time to learn.
This is not to dissuade anyone from picking up these things. Just please don't expect too much too soon!
I regret that I didn’t get into animes earlier in my life.
> In his notes, Miyazaki purposely leans into sounding old and stuck in his ways. He rants about how he’s painted with nothing else for 40 years, how easy and cost-effective his tools are — and then he undermines himself by suggesting that, really, this is all he knows how to do.
There's a deeper truth which is easy to overlook here.
If you want to get good at some creative pursuit, you have to put a lot of time, attention, and decision making effort into the skill. All of those are finite resources.
It's really easy to squander an unbelievable amount of time and effort on choosing gear. Doing that is time not spent mastering the craft. You might get really good at picking shit out, but you won't get good at painting, or poetry, or song-writing, or whatever.
This is why so many successful artists seem stuck in their ways or dismissive of gear, or, conversely, fetishize certain gear. Those are all mental techniques to minimize the effort they spend on picking stuff so that they can focus that effort on creating.